I tend to cringe and hold my tongue when I hear people say that digitization is bad for preservation because it makes people think we don't have to preserve the paper or microfilm, which is the only way to keep these cultural artifacts around for the long term. Bollocks. The only way to preserve ALL of our cultural heritage is to digitize it. When I think of the wealth of manuscript and print material that has been lost over the ages, whether like this most recent example in Cologne from disaster, or from war, religious or political book burning, it is clear that the only way to preserve everything, regardless of stripe, is to digitize. And not just digitize, but make freely available so it can be copied and preserved in multiple online libraries and never lost again. One need only think back to the selective "preservation" of the Bush regime when it came to information to also realize that allowing corporate or political interests to steward and preserve is a bad idea as well. Libraries have a critical role to play not just in digitization, but also in ensuring that all information is preserved for future generations.