Texts - The
reader as a producer of the text.
of the Library
So much is said about "writerly" text, but how about the
resources available to house hypertexts? The
library in its conventional form played an important role by housing books and
other printed or non-print media. That
was constrained to time and space.
Hypertexts are linked internally and externally without the time and
spatial constraints prevalent in printed media.
Links can be created by writers, in terms of references, other media
formats, visual, or maps, and so on. Different
writers writing on similar topics can be linked together, thus an active
collaboration in writing.
The readers here will experience multiple links, be it story path or
other writers on the same topic. They
have this freedom to move beyond physical space, to be linked to texts created
on the other half of the world. Audio
and visual materials pop up instantly at the click of the mouse.
The reader has his choice, and it is this interactivity that makes a wide
range of uses by readers possible, be it in different ways.
Such libraries should provide an infinite variety of linkages, tailoring
specifically to the readers’ personal needs.
In other words, as Anderson states, it gives us the freedom to frame
knowledge without constraints, rather than the imposed and rigid storage of
information conventional libraries used to perform.