Thursday, October 11, 2018
Library event | Networking | Professional Library Organizations
Are you a librarian? Library Student? Writer? Publisher? Looking to network with other like professionals?The New York Library Club, Inc. invites you to their annual Fall kick-off reception:
John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction
October 18, 2018, 6PM-8PM
- Fall Social at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery (144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011).
- We would Love to meet you and hear your thoughts and concerns on Librarianship as a career! Learn about the club including its social events, members, history and its vision.
- Take advantage of Networking/Mentoring and Leadership Opportunities
- Explore the details regarding our available yearly Scholarship Award
- Light refreshments will be served
Reference | Public libraries | Information seeking
For librarians, reference work today is increasingly about community service
by Sari Feldman |
Sep 14, 2018
Then Came Google...
In the late 1990s, as internet search engines were becoming more powerful and Stanford PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin were creating Google, that powerful feeling librarians once had at the reference desk began to dim. Initially, librarians called out internet search engines, criticizing them as imperfect and often inaccurate reference tools. But not for long.
Sure, the public’s willingness to take an answer rather than the answer was problematic. But immediacy has its advantages. For many simple questions, patrons could find answers quickly online. For the tougher questions, librarians soon came to use search engines at least as a starting point for research. And as the internet grew more powerful, connections got faster, and Google and other search engines rapidly improved, online research was embraced by librarians.
Today, information—once the domain of libraries, and the provenance of reference librarians—is increasingly accessible, with answers to a range of questions available at the swipe of a finger. As we transitioned to a digital world, I, like many librarians, wondered what such powerful information technology would mean for librarians in the future. With so much information readily available, why would anyone need a reference librarian? Read article...