Monday, May 15, 2006

Google & Libraries: The Love Affair Heats Up

Here's your latest valentine from Inside Google Book Search:

Librarians are our heroes.

Here's the touching story: a teen services librarian tried to help a youth find a book. Nothing. Failure. Sadness. But wait! The librarian tried Google Book Search and ta-da! Success! Happiness all around.

Google's moral: Search tools are "no replacement for authors, books, libraries or the trained information professionals we call librarians."

But isn't the real moral of this story that a librarian will fail without Google? That librarians need to use Google because if librarians rely solely on their own skills, users will go away frustrated and unhappy?

I can't wait to see more stories like this, can you?

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