A Librarian’s Lament

Google and the public's lack of understanding of what libraries have to offer is killing public demand for the librarian's skills (and by extension, dumbing down the world),writes Gary Price, a thoughtful (and arguably endangered) information science professional. (Gary maintains ResourceShelf, considered by many to be one of the best…

Google and the public’s lack of understanding of what libraries have to offer is killing public demand for the librarian’s skills (and by extension, dumbing down the world),writes Gary Price, a thoughtful (and arguably endangered) information science professional. (Gary maintains ResourceShelf, considered by many to be one of the best sites for his profession). “What happened?,” he asks. “How have we gotten to this point? Why do more and more people believe that universal truth is just a click away via a single source?” My answer: because it seems so, and for most, that’s enough…(thanks to Rex Hammock’s blog for pointing this out).

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

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