Librarians Vs. Google

I need librarians!! Those are the first words I thought when I read the title of the article “Who needs a librarian when you have Google?”. Chada (2013) points out that there is a lot of information on the internet, but “it does not pay for and provide access to the mass of information resources like CLEVNET provides. And as powerful as Google is, it does not provide a librarian to help you filter through millions of research results, then curate and create a playlist of amazing resources in just a few minutes”. This is all true; there is so much information that people have access to, but they do not always know what is trustworthy or not. A librarian does; they can filter and search through different databases and resources that will provide the correct answer to a question. I followed the link on this article to another article found on Forbes.com and saw that one of the ten jobs that didn’t exist in the past was data mining; companies are gathering customer information more and more, but need a way to help organize it. This is where a librarian can come in handy because they know how to manage information; according to Casserly (2012), “data analysts and scientists look for behavioral patterns to help retailers and businesses predict future trends or to build recommendation engines or personalized advertising”. So Google is not my only friend when it comes to finding the information that I need.

References

Casserly, M. (2012, May 11). 10 Jobs That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago. Forbes. Retrieved November 1, 2013, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/05/11/10-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago/

Chada, S. (2013, October 31). Who needs a librarian when you have Google?. Sandusky Register. Retrieved November 1, 2013, from http://www.sanduskyregister.com/blog/tech-know/4835836

 

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