When I took the career path of library science, my italian literature teacher at the university was happy: “Good choice, Francese; who knows if working in a library could inspire you like it did with Borges. You know he was a librarian, don’t you?”.
I did not know that at the time. I knew that the great argentinian visionary had the gift of the night, but not the one of the books.
In my digital librarian career, I never saw one single book. But so many inspirations came to me from this world of networks, links, virtual copresences and wanderings, hypertextual labyrinths.
Maybe I’m not strong enough to be inspired by that, but Borges, the blind, eventually had foreseen it: we librarians order the world so that men can more easily get lost in it.