Data Cake

Best image ever for the differences between data, information, knowledge.  The library’s goal is KNOWLEDGE, often gained through sharing between diverse groups of people in the community–we all eat the cake together.  This is very different from the individual gathering data via the Internet, or wherever. And it’s why libraries, properly innovating, will never be irrelevant.

data cake
Image by EpicGraphic
Actually, to follow this metaphor to the end, knowledge would be the “end” product of eating this cake, after it’s all been digested. And Wisdom would be the fat stored on your hips–the digested and assimilated knowledge.

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