22 June 2004

Why can't we?

from a New York Times article: "For the last few years, librarians have increasingly seen people use online search sites not to supplement research libraries but to replace them... 'We can't pretend people will go back to walking into a library and talking to a reference librarian,' said Kate Wittenberg, director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia University." Read the rest.

For the record, I'm all about using the technology to make my life easier. However, a lot of people still need help using the technology and directing their searches to find what they actually want/need. Maybe it's just here, though I doubt it, but we get tons of people who come in and talk to the reference librarian first.

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