There is an article about libraries and XML by Kendall Clark on RedHat
Network. From the text:
First. Libraries are places, sites, locations in the
physical world. A library is a place that you can visit,
around and in and through which you can move, as a body
moves through space.
Second. Libraries aren't merely spaces: they are highly
regimented, organized, controlled spaces.
Third. Libraries aren't merely habitations: they are social
spaces organized to aid people's navigation of another, a
non-physical space, namely, the information space made up of
and by all recorded human knowledge.
The article is Clark's perspective on what a library is. It is also a
teaser for his next column when Clark will share an implementation of
LCC@Home (Library of Congress Classification @ Home), some sort of XML
vocabulary for organizing "dijalog" stuff.
The article is interesting because it gives us a glimpse of libraries
from the outside, a glimpse many in the profession might not want to
see, or a glimpse that some might feel is inaccurate because the person
from the outside is not a librarian.
Eric Lease Morgan
University Libraries of Notre Dame