Essay: Librarians vs. Search Engines

June 28, 2007 at 12:02 am | Posted in news, searching | Comments Off on Essay: Librarians vs. Search Engines

Thomas Mann, author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, has a new essay posted online in which he exposes the deficiencies of using the internet for scholarly research. While a search engine can generate lists, Mann argues that it is a classification system controlled by librarians that provides the necessary guidance through deep and relevant research. While he is accepting of the web’s ability for quick and inexpensive indexing, according to Mann, librarians must continue to “promote scholarship of the highest possible quality–and that is a goal very different from striving to provide something quickly.” Read responses to Mann’s essay at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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