Do Librarians Think Google Should Die?

The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog – “I’ve been talking about this for years. Too many library folks say they they want all of our OPACs, federated search, and web site search engines to work ‘just like Google’. Indeed some of the more shallow ones actually implement the Google yellow or blue boxes in their institutions or communities! I have heard that at least four U.S. states have served up their state portals to Google alone.”

One Response to “Do Librarians Think Google Should Die?”

  1. Charlie Brenner
    November 25, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    ILL folk use to locate the more difficult items like conference papers or proceedings. See recent ILL-L post: ” I find that I have better luck if I Google first. This will usually give me a pretty good idea of a) where the student got the citation and b) whether the papers were ever actually published. I also try to locate the authors e-mail address at this stage. After I have some basic information, I got to Worldcat to start my search there. I usually search the association as an author keyword and put the year of the conference in as my date limit.” The Google company has a pretty good mouse trap in my view. Ask.com does too. So why not use ‘em?

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