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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Google 1, Librarians 0

RIN
A report from the Research Information Network (set up in 2005 with £3 million of funding by a consortium of the four UK Higher Education funding bodies, the three National Libraries and the seven Research Councils) shows that researchers use Google in preference to other services.
One of the implications of Google (and web search engines in general, though in practice Google is the one most commonly used) already being experienced by libraries is that Google uncovers things that users cannot easily access, and librarians are increasingly asked to help in retrieving the object from webspace. This is not usually easy, takes time and is resource-intensive. It may be an interesting challenge for librarians, and perhaps even welcome so long as the volume of requests is manageable; but the future will bring more and more of this.

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