NY Times Circuits: Making a Web Search Feel Like a Stroll in the Library
by Anne Eisenberg 8/19/04. Pointed out by Gary
I almost stopped breathing when I read: "A visit to the school library was once a necessity before writing term papers or reports. But nowadays many students use the Internet as their library." I think I actually did turn purple; but, she later says: "the Internet cannot replace many of the built-in benefits of the library."
She talks about the serendipity of finding things in the stacks, but with most libraries going virtual, that's not the only problem. The problem is that the best resources are often the expensive databases and reference materials your library subscribes to and which you can't get to without the magic library card or IP address.