Obama Library To Go Paperless

Oct 11, 2017

The Obama Presidential Library will create an online archive of its documents instead of a “traditional paper archive.” The library won’t have to “pay fees to the National Archives and Records Administration for management of the library.” The center will have “basketball courts, a recording studio, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a children’s play garden, [and] an exhibition hall . . . “ But it will not have historical documents. Peggy Glowacki, a manuscripts librarian, is skeptical of how the library will work. “I think, in this case, it’s such a massive amount of material that it will be important to see how they are able to deliver it and make it easy to search.” The Obama library will open in 2021. It is expected to cost $500 million. The library will destroy access to Cornell Drive, a road that is “used each day by thousands of drivers.” Reaction to the architectural sketches of the center have not been kind. It’s been called “soul-crushing,” a “monstrosity,” a “concrete Rubik’s Cube ready to tumble over on its side at any moment.”