Librarians are not a dying race. Au contraire: Elwyn Jenkins' weblog GoogleVillage describes how Australian librarians are searching Google for you:
this is truly amazing stuff -- to be able to call up a live librarian and ask a question out of nowhere and get timely information. [...]
The information that David obtained for me is actually all online. With a few moment of imagination and a knowledge of how to search those locations, I could have obtained that information. To get the address and telephone number, I would simply have had to search in Australian White Pages, and the article he found is in The Age archives. Now David did that all in a matter of several minutes. For me to locate that information just then, it was at least five minutes, and he took only about two minutes. That's it! He is a trained information gatherer, trained in search, relevance, etc. Aha! An expert Googlologist, knows how to dig for the right stuff and get it from the haystack really quickly!
An expert at search! That is it.
Anders Jacobsen |
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