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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, November 17, 2005
  News organizations repeating law firm mistakes of the '90s
From the Philadelphia Inquirer
"We will likely be reducing the staffing in the news research library. While our plans are not yet final, it looks likely that the staffing will consist of no more than two people, and that the job will consist mainly of archiving. Reporters, editors and photographers in both The Daily News and The Inquirer will be given extensive training in Lexis/Nexis, DocCenter and Internet research in general so that they will be able to handle their own routine searches. In this Internet age, every reporter should be able to quickly locate basic information."

As quoted by Confessions, as posted on newslib-l.

This is exactly what law firms did in the '90s. A lot of them have undone it now, but .... Will they never learn? How many mistakes or shoddily researched articles can a declining paper have before it goes completely under? That's what will happen and they'll never know that it was because they laid off the librarians. Wait until they see the database bills when they have all members of staff searching, tee-hee. That will be funny. Oh, great, who will do the training of the reporters on internet searching?
 
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Closing the library (in the corporate world) can be the "canary" (warning) that the corporation is going under. Hopefully these news firms are not slotted for the same fate.
 
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