“ My guess is about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search,” says [Google’s] Craig Silverstein. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/25/sunday/main608672.shtml
“ I don’t think I should have to be, or enlist the services of, a medical librarian in order to do a simple search on a literature search engine. PubMed should be an intuitive search engine such as Google…Yes, if I devoted an afternoon or more to learning the system I dare say I would become a proficient, but my question stands – why should I have to? ” Harvard PhD Student Anna Kushnir http://network.nature.com/people/U2929A0EA/blog/2008/03/22/i-am-not-yelling-not-out-loud
“ Bundling songs into long-playing albums lowered the production, marketing, and distribution costs because there were fewer records to make, ship, shelve, categorize, alphabetize, and inventory. As soon as music went digital, we learned that the natural unit of music is the track.”
Info/Health Literacy Situation Will Worsen “ Why is PubMed so behind the times? Why? How does it even work? Does it search only the abstract? Does it also search the body of the papers that are available online? Why does it get so massively confused by an author’s initials and last name together, in one search? Why can’t it alert me when papers relevant to my work are published?” Again: Harvard PhD student Anna Kushnir
Info/Health Literacy Situation Will Worsen <ul><li>Much more information online- much of it bad </li></ul><ul><li>Too little information literacy training for academics and clinicians </li></ul>Not a great time for libraries, but a time of real demand for librarians.
http://davidrothman.net/2007/07/04/the-future-of-the-hospital-librarian/ Survival of the Hospital Library
Averting Library Dystopias <ul><li>“ As I've been saying for years the library is becoming less relevant, and no amount of hand-wringing over what we can do to get people to use the library more is going to change that. But librarians are more relevant than ever, if only we can disengage ourselves from privileging our buildings and collections the way that we do and utilizing our individual skills in more effective and relevant ways.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The way I see it, the mission of librarians hasn't changed at all. But we're not going to fulfill it if we keep worrying about the future of libraries. There's way too much interesting and fun work to do to waste time on that” </li></ul>http://tscott.typepad.com/tsp/2008/08/libraries-or-li.html