Friday, July 30, 2004

Posted by Laurel K. Graham from the ADA on MEDLIB-L today:

My first thought was librarians need a true lobbying organization.
Please read this article. It is almost funny to hear technology wizards come
to same realizations Dewey and all those forgotten Library Scientists came
to years ago. Specialized indexes?? Organization?
This excerpt is telling:
If one man's trash is another man's treasure, that must explain the comment
by Yahoo's Tim Cadogan that "integrated information sets" should be
developed by editorial staff and product managers so that they could be
presented automatically at the top of the search results page for the most
common types of user query (such as weather). In some ways it seems as if
the four largest portals are today working towards doing more of the
"integrated answer set" work that Ask Jeeves itself has abandoned.
** Librarians are replaced with the terms "editorial staff" and "product
managers". Product managers? They broker information?
Yes they do and that is why librarians are vital to society. "Information
sets" = pathfinders by another name.
Ok, where's the ALA? MLA?

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