" 'This house believes librarians cannot any longer offer more than Google'. ".
My premise: <ul><li>“ Google” is used as a synonym for all the internet search engines that are available for public use a...
What can search engines offer (that librarians can’t)?
24/7 access
 
Geographically independent
 
 
Currency
 
Speed
An independent source
Data <ul><li>Library of Congress: 20 terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon: 42 terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: 45 teraby...
Accuracy?
So…
RSS feeds and alerts
Data gathering
Complexity?
What else can Google do? <ul><li>Web, Images, News, Blogs, Products, Books, Maps, Scholar, Video, Music, Reader, Base, Dir...
But the real reason? <ul><li>LIBRARIANS ARE SLEEPWALKING! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our summer break” Friday, June 29, 2007 11:2...
How many engines do YOU use?
Do you ever: <ul><li>Say “Google it” or “Let me just check Google” </li></ul><ul><li>Think of Google as the first search e...
<ul><li>Google has 87.3% of the UK search engine market. </li></ul><ul><li>87.3% </li></ul>
Do you… <ul><li>Know your search engines as well as you do your reference collections? </li></ul><ul><li>Know the strength...
Now, of course… <ul><li>It’s not ‘just’ Google </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not ‘just’ librarians </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not ‘ju...
 
 
In summary <ul><li>A librarian can add a depth of understanding </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to manipulate data across a ...
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Debate: Do we need librarians now we have Google?

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These are the slides that I've prepared for a debate at UCL on June 12th 2008. They won't mean a great deal without my commentary, but may be of interest.

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Debate: Do we need librarians now we have Google?

  1. 1. &quot; 'This house believes librarians cannot any longer offer more than Google'. &quot;.
  2. 2. My premise: <ul><li>“ Google” is used as a synonym for all the internet search engines that are available for public use and which index publicly available information. </li></ul><ul><li>And I was a librarian. Until I discovered the Internet. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What can search engines offer (that librarians can’t)?
  4. 4. 24/7 access
  5. 6. Geographically independent
  6. 9. Currency
  7. 11. Speed
  8. 12. An independent source
  9. 13. Data <ul><li>Library of Congress: 20 terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon: 42 terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube: 45 terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>Google: 100s of terabytes </li></ul><ul><li>World Data Centre for Climate: 330 terabytes, 6 petabytes of additional data = 3 times the amount of ALL the U.S. academic research libraries contents combined. </li></ul>
  10. 14. Accuracy?
  11. 15. So…
  12. 16. RSS feeds and alerts
  13. 17. Data gathering
  14. 18. Complexity?
  15. 19. What else can Google do? <ul><li>Web, Images, News, Blogs, Products, Books, Maps, Scholar, Video, Music, Reader, Base, Directory, Finance, Catalogs, Bookmarks, Linux, Apple, Macintosh, Trends, Notebook, Accessible, Code, Patents, Timeline, Maps, Movies, Definitions, Weather, Sites, Calculator, Flights, Shakespeare, Health, Docs, Email, RSS, Gadgets, Music trends, Mars, Ride Finder, Suggest, Sets, Alerts, etc etc </li></ul>
  16. 20. But the real reason? <ul><li>LIBRARIANS ARE SLEEPWALKING! </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our summer break” Friday, June 29, 2007 11:23 AM Posted By Pam Saenger, Associate Marketing Manager </li></ul>
  17. 21. How many engines do YOU use?
  18. 22. Do you ever: <ul><li>Say “Google it” or “Let me just check Google” </li></ul><ul><li>Think of Google as the first search engine to use when you go on the net? </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘Google’ as a synonym for ‘search engine’? </li></ul><ul><li>Think you’d be lost without Google? </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Google has 87.3% of the UK search engine market. </li></ul><ul><li>87.3% </li></ul>
  20. 24. Do you… <ul><li>Know your search engines as well as you do your reference collections? </li></ul><ul><li>Know the strengths and weaknesses of the GYMA resources in the same detail you do your subscription databases? </li></ul><ul><li>Know which engine is best for images, people, blogs, specific countries, re-ranking results, for children, sounds, etc? </li></ul>
  21. 25. Now, of course… <ul><li>It’s not ‘just’ Google </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not ‘just’ librarians </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not ‘just’ information </li></ul><ul><li>A combination of a skilled librarian, a powerful computer, basic technical abilities, and a host of search resources is… well… </li></ul>
  22. 28. In summary <ul><li>A librarian can add a depth of understanding </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to manipulate data across a range of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Work with an enquirer </li></ul><ul><li>… . and leave the rest up to </li></ul>

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