Has anyone in this group by chance ever read Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash? Right that was 15 years ago, even before the web. Neal was in that group of writers who were labeled "cyberpunk" or "cyberpunk literature". Anyway, as I am getting better at getting around in this group and looking at the "Second life" site, I am amazed at the similarities between the "cyber" world that Neal described and what is emerging now. What is also amazing is how he describes the future library---I won't get into it here, you'll have to read the book! But clearly he had a vision of library services that I am seening unfolding in this group and others. When I was library directing I would always refer to Neal's book to see what was ahead.