Steven Cohen objects to libraries’ dependence on Google. Leaving aside the fact that Googling “Library 2.0” (the example in Steven’s posting) gives you excellent coverage in the first five hits, I think anti-Googlism is wrong-headed, and based on bad premises. Search skills were crucial back when stuff was hard to get: you needed to filter out the bad stuff as early as possible in the research process. Now, stuff is trivially easy to get, so it is a perfectly acceptable approach to put your effort into evaluating the results of a poorly-focused search instead of focussing the search. Good evaluation skills can make up for bad search skills. All of us who use Google regularly know how to scan a results page and pick out the promising hits, and how to evaluate a retrieved page quickly (even instantly). That tide has turned, and it’s pointless to stand against it.
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