Google, The Web, and the Future Roles of Publishers and Librarians
Last week, Information Today published the notes from a forum hosted by the iSchool at Drexel entitled “Google, the Web, and the Future Roles of Publishers and Librarians“. Speakers and representatives included content providers, abstracting and indexing services, and librarians.
It’s worth a read, but for the time-strapped, here are some takeaways and snippets to think about:
Major disadvantages of Google Scholar:
- No metadata to allow filtering of search results
- Search algorithms can be artifically affected by Search Engine Optimization
- Information on what is actually being searched is not available
- Content retrieved on Google may be difficult to access.
On end-user information finding:
“By changing their value proposition, corporate and academic librarians are trying to attract users, but competing with Google is difficult. Anne Préstamo, associate dean of libraries for collection and technology services at Oklahoma State University, reported that few searches are done using econtent provider portals, and searches in discipline -specific databases have decreased. Librarians can counter this trend by registering their link resolvers with Google Scholar, so a direct link to the library appears in search results. This way, users can continue discovery through the federated search connection.” (have you registered your link resolver with Google Scholar?)
And from Roy Tennant:
“Libraries are in danger. People used to think of libraries when they thought of books. Now an entire generation goes directly to Google Books. Libraries started as a way to share scarce resources, but today, users expect information to be delivered to them. To survive, libraries need to connect to the community at the network level on a web scale to draw people to their local collections.”