Are libraries obsolete? : an argument for relevance in the by Mark Y Herring

By Mark Y Herring

The electronic age has reworked info entry in ways in which few ever dreamed. however the afterclap of our electronic wonders has left libraries reeling as they're now not the manager contender in details supply.

the writer supplies either sides--the internet aficionados, a few of them unhinged, and the normal librarians, a few blinkered--a reasonable listening to yet misconceptions abound. net be-all and end-all fans aren't any extra valuable than librarians who urge fellow pros to be all issues to every person. the yankee Library organization, wildly democratic at its top and worst, looks schizophrenic at the factor, unhelpfully. "My attempt here," says the writer, "is to speak about the elephant within the room."

Are libraries out of date? No! concludes the writer (also). The ebook explores how libraries and librarians needs to and positively can remain appropriate, bright and enduring

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This says nothing about how convenient libraries are, but it does say that if you’re doing research, serious research, and not quick facts or factoid hunting, a library with librarians overrules the unfettered Internet. Perhaps you can’t do all your research in your pajamas in a library (students at our institution disprove that claim every year at exam time), but is that so bad? My main point then and now remains unchanged: Too many people think everything is on the web, and that assertion hurts everyone, especially those who are led to believe they can rely exclusively on it.

2. Everything Is Still Not on the Internet 21 Collectively, those snippets and those in public domain constitute the world’s knowledge… In English. K NOWLEDGE VERSUS INFORMATION Further, the question of both “knowledge” on the one hand and “information” on the other is still a debate. This is by no means a new debate, either. ”9 It may have been more pedestrian, but it was no less important and ended in a battle for life and death, literally. Cornish had been beaten up but not officially charged for spreading what were thought to be rumors about Henry VII.

The Internet is larger now, of course, but is it any better? Certainly is has improved (its depth, to be treated later), but it is not, as asserted in the previous chapter, the sum total of all knowledge, Wikipedia notwithstanding. While the previous chapter dealt with the width of the Internet, this chapter focuses on searching results. Regardless of which one is under discussion, despite the robust algorithms in many search engines, how one searches the web, and how those results show up, make all the difference.

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