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Friday, October 17, 2003

Interesting reading

RLG Shelflife is a handy publication, reporting once a week on news for information professionals. The 9 October issue features a couple of interesting snippets:
  • MORE STRATEGIES TO SURVIVE THE THREAT FROM THE 'NET
    An article looking at Marylaine Block's recent book, Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet. Block looks at some of the solutions librarians have developed "to survive -- and thrive -- in the Internet environment".
  • 'GOOGLEIZE' LIBRARY SEARCH ENGINES TO APPEAL TO PATRONS
    [extract] "In academic libraries nationwide, the same conversation is taking place between librarians who
    don't want the interface 'dumbed down' and librarians with usability practice who know that patrons basically want the Google experience," writes library consultant Judy Luther. "It's time for librarians to accept that library users are not interested in being more like us. If we don't understand that the majority of our users are novice searchers who may wish to remain that way, we are missing the opportunity to serve the pragmatic user who is happy with a 'good enough' answer."

You can find RLG Shelflife at http://lists2.rlg.org/cgi-bin/lyris.pl?visit=shelflife-from-rlg&id=224862757 - select the issue you want to read.

Also, in this week's BMJ, there's an article about the Cochrane Collaboration and the debate on whether to accept industry funding for reviews.

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