"Google can give you answers, but librarians give you the right answers."
True, indeed, "right" is relative! And, while I may consider phrasing this
statement a little differently -- for the inconsistency thrown up by an
unnecessary modal verb, for a start! - perhaps, "librarians" should not be
interpreted too literally as they speak through the refrain of using
library resources for their information evaluation and literacy goals.
After all, students are already spending a lot for a university education,
so why not get them to use these exorbitantly-priced resources, organized
and made accessible by librarians?
The library resources, actually, are what, *with librarians' guidance*,
provide the answers.with "right" albeit relative, In agreement with you
all, let the discoverer of knowledge determine through his or her own
critical thinking the matter of right or wrong. The skills that research
databases and OPACs impart to users are transferable for mining the Web to
On 5 April 2016 at 07:41, Wilhelmina Randtke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> That statement is pretty old.
> Today, much of the internet is written for machines or by machines. Poorly
> written rehashed fluffy content dominates. As time goes on, even though
> search algorithms are getting better and the general public is getting more
> savvy about how to use a search engine, the problem is that lots of the
> content is written mechanically. Information literacy hardly helps for
> some searches, because there are searches where every hit was written only
> for SEO value with no agenda beyond SEO value.
> I think the way forward is a focus on how to push out quality content to
> machines, rather than focus on how to sift through fluff or focus on how to
> purchase quality from monopoly vendors. Librarians also tend to fall into
> the rut of doing what they have skills and training to do, and years of
> experience in information literacy training are easily rolled into more
> information literacy training.
> On Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 12:31 AM, Cornel Darden Jr. <
> [log in to unmask]
> > wrote:
> > Hello,
> > "Google can give you answers, but librarians give you the right answers."
> > Is it me? Or is there something wrong with this statement?
> > I've been hearing statements like this since I've been in the field.
> > Tonight I saw a public library post on FB:
> > Library: "because not everything on the internet is true"
> > Some people applauded the statement and were like: "yay librarians!"
> > Others thought it was a very ignorant statement. And many patrons caused
> > huge backlash. It was interesting as the library responded to the
> > patrons.
> > Thoughts?
> > Thanks,
> > Cornel Darden Jr.
> > Chief Information Officer
> > Casanova Information Services, LLC
> > Office Phone: (779) 205-3105
> > Mobile Phone: (708) 705-2945
> > Sent from my iPhone