Build-it part 4:
I’ve written about the decline of stack serendipity, a milepost in my descent to my current position, that print collections might better be closed, housed for fast retrieval and excellent long-term preservation.
None of which can happen without a new generation of collection visualization technologies that allow users to instantly invent and browse "stacks" that correspond to their own parameters: infinitely changeable combinations of attributes such as subject, language, location, age, digital, print, or other formats. It doesn’t take much imagination to experience afresh the extreme poverty of the LC subject arrangement of print volumes in this interdisciplinary, multi-format world.
Sophisticated collection visualization does not exist at present, though it is perfectly imaginable using existing technologies. Another rich vein waiting for entrepreneurial build-it research libraries.