Continuing in the same vein as my last post about the merits of libraries, I give you a few lines to that effect.

It seems fitting that I pillage these words
to speak of you
from authors more talented, more visible.

That is your core, your lack of possession,
you are the perfect, perpetual pleasure,
never aging or graying in the flickering
twilight of life.

You remain as noble as the elderly gentlemen
in the corner, carefully turning the pages of the
daily with his arthritic thumbs.

You are my democratic sustenance, my voice,
a trove for all, a bounty for even the most laconic
of your disciples.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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