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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, December 02, 2005
  Whew. Worth reading. Really. Now
FRL and others have pointed to this article in multiple places, so I finally read it. (full text is at the link, scroll down.)

Siva Vaidhyanathan. "A Risky Gamble With Google." Chronicle of Higher Education
Volume 52, Issue 15, Page B7
The presumption that Google's powers of indexing and access come close to working as a library ignores all that libraries mean to the lives of their users. All the proprietary algorithms in the world are not going to replace them. There was a reason why Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, and others of their generation believed the republic could not survive without libraries. They are embodiments of republican ideals. They pump the blood of a democratic culture, information.
I must admit that I've pretty much blown off any and all complaints about the whole library project thing, but, wow. Anyway, worth thought.
 
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