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Shapiro, Steven – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Database cancellation is one of the most difficult tasks performed by a librarian. This may seem counter-intuitive but, psychologically, it is certainly true. When a librarian or a team of librarians has invested a great deal of time doing research, talking to potential users, and conducting trials before deciding to subscribe to a database, they…
Descriptors: Databases, Librarians, Library Services, Libraries
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Shapiro, Steven – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
There is a "clash of civilizations" going on in the information field--a clash characterized by a brash upstart, Google, and its attendant creations, Google Scholar and Google Books, and the old guard represented by the library world. Librarians who deprecate Google Scholar or simply ignore the Google phenomenon do so at their own risk. Google…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Primatology, Library Instruction, Search Engines
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Shapiro, Steven – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Web 2.0 seems to be all the rage these days. One cannot go to a library conference and attend presentations or stroll down the halls without hearing some mention of it in magical tones reserved for some great discovery. The excitement surrounding Web 2.0 reminds the author of the frenzy that gripped the country between 1848 and 1855, when…
Descriptors: Librarians, Social Networks, Web 2.0 Technologies, Information Technology