By Mark Y Herring

ISBN-10: 0786473568

ISBN-13: 9780786473564

ISBN-10: 2162192462

ISBN-13: 9782162192465

The electronic age has reworked info entry in ways in which few ever dreamed. however the afterclap of our electronic wonders has left libraries reeling as they're not the executive contender in info supply.

the writer supplies either sides--the net aficionados, a few of them unhinged, and the conventional librarians, a few blinkered--a reasonable listening to yet misconceptions abound. web be-all and end-all fanatics are not any extra valuable than librarians who urge fellow pros to be all issues to every body. the yank Library organization, wildly democratic at its most sensible and worst, appears to be like schizophrenic at the factor, unhelpfully. "My attempt here," says the writer, "is to discuss the elephant within the room."

Are libraries out of date? No! concludes the writer (also). The ebook explores how libraries and librarians needs to and positively can remain appropriate, shiny and enduring

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Quality Control, or Lack Thereof 45 ARE GROUPS ALWAYS BETTER ? Groups can be better under certain conditions, even when the group in question may not likely be consistently right. If the group is large enough, it can come up with the right answer, but the higher number of possible answers, the higher the failure rate. The good news is that in groups where the right answer is more likely to be chosen than not, and errors are randomly distributed, the average answer will be right. The problem is that we cannot always know this ahead of time.

2 Google doesn’t crawl the entire web, nor does any other search engine. But Google, and many others like Bing, cover billions of individual web pages. We can carp about how many—there may be as many as a trillion pages on the web now—but suffice it to say that with the exception of the “invisible web” (a point made in the last chapter), pages generated on the fly from large databases, pages from large newspaper pages on forums or blogs (although you can search blogs separately on Google), the searching interface is robust, searching a sizable portion of the web.

Critics thought I was just being hysterical, but the only reason I wrote the article in the first place was a growing—and now full-blown—sentiment that libraries are obsolete. 1 The trouble isn’t just a handful of legislators saying libraries are obsolete. It’s much more. INFLUENTIAL VOICES CLAIM LIBRARIES ARE OBSOLETE Today, many other influential voices are also touting this notion of the web. For example, Adrian Stannier, a very intelligent man and chief technology officer at Arizona State University, said at a 2008 conference in Boston: Burn down the library.

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