November 24, 2010

The struggle

If you want to know what kind of challenges librarians face, you may want to read a brief, insightful article entitled "The Age of Big Access." 
"This is not the Age of Google after all, " writes Iris Jastram, "that was just a distraction — a clever and dazzling light show. Meanwhile, behind the curtain, a totally different age was gathering itself: The Age of Big Access...The future got written by big corporations in the business of selling us access..." 
The struggle of new age pits profit-oriented organizations against service-oriented librarians; one controls vast databases of information, the other has a long history of freely providing  information to researchers. Caught in the middle are researchers and library users like you.

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