After completing this week’s readings something became extremely clear to me. Librarians and Google need to work TOGETHER! I know that we’ve discussed this in class before but I think it bears repeating. The article by Naun talked about how some libraries expose their content globally through Google, which is great. However, I think librarians can go a step further than that.
Google is known for their natural language searching. Why can’t libraries utilize this natural language searching in their catalogs? Believe, I’ve thought a lot about this and I know that it would probably require a lot of work but I think it’s worth it. Users would be much more likely to utilize a library’s website and catalog if they could search for a book using natural language rather than trying to decipher which keywords would get the best results or have to know a specific title and author to get anywhere. Sometimes people don’t even know what subject they really want!
Although it seems that some librarians feel some animosity towards Google for drawing people away from libraries and their databases I think it’s time to get over it and attempt to work together. Or at least put their differences aside long enough to create something even BETTER than Google.