Google Usability Users

Librarians on the way out?

The JISC and BL-commissioned Google Generation report highlights a number of key points that will have an effect on current and future digitisation projects.

  • That librarians need to radically re-think their position and tasks to avoid becoming outdated in the face of tools like Google.
  • It is not just the ‘kids of today’ that dumb down in front of a computer terminal – we all skim over the surface of the web’s voluminous content
  • The now-ingrained hyperactive approach to skimming Internet content means that any kind of barrier to access (payment or passwords for instance) means sacrificing the attention of many potential users

It’s worth reading.

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