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By Mark Y Herring

ISBN-10: 0786473568

ISBN-13: 9780786473564

ISBN-10: 2162192462

ISBN-13: 9782162192465

The electronic age has reworked details entry in ways in which few ever dreamed. however the afterclap of our electronic wonders has left libraries reeling as they're now not the executive contender in details supply.

the writer provides either sides--the internet aficionados, a few of them unhinged, and the normal librarians, a few blinkered--a reasonable listening to yet misconceptions abound. net be-all and end-all fanatics aren't any extra precious than librarians who urge fellow execs to be all issues to every person. the yankee Library organization, wildly democratic at its most sensible and worst, appears to be like schizophrenic at the factor, unhelpfully. "My attempt here," says the writer, "is to discuss the elephant within the room."

Are libraries out of date? No! concludes the writer (also). The ebook explores how libraries and librarians needs to and positively can remain suitable, bright and enduring

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WEB QUALITY ISN’ T A CESSPOOL , BUT IT ISN’ T DRINKING WATER EITHER So, now a decade later, is quality still an issue on the web? Sadly, it is. Clifford Stoll pointed this out early on: 44 Part One It’s an unreal universe, soluble tissue of nothingness. While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. 4 The web has always prided itself on being controlled by no one, which may contribute as much as anything to its knowledge-as-trivia effect on our minds.

20 The web makes everyone equal to Einstein, or Einstein equal to everyone else. Such an approach appeals to the American sense of equity and fairness. We’re all the same, really. But honestly, we’re not. We have those in the top 2 percent of intelligence, income, and so on. I cannot do what Bill Gates does or the late Steve Jobs did, and neither can I make money like Donald Trump (or Gates or Jobs). These are distinctions with rather large differences. And to argue that any child can become Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or Steven Pinker or any number of other highly talented individuals is simply to ignore a host of factors that make us all different.

Are arguments of this kind so much stuff and nonsense? Do people really think the web has everything? Sadly, it is true, and said by people who should know better. Even professors make the case, although they are about evenly divided between those who think the web is the devil in disguise, and those who see it as the new messiah. My argument is that it is neither. It is, rather, another tool in a large toolbox that helps us find our way through the arabesque of knowing. My complaint against the web is that its promoters seek to offer it up as a substitute for libraries, a replacement for them.

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