Archive for February 8th, 2004

The Simpsons’ Public Library Removes the Books

Sunday, February 8th, 2004

Tonight’s episode of the cartoon The Simpsons began with a trip to the library. The characters quickly discover the library has removed all of the print materials in favor of multimedia items. The old lady with pulled-up gray hair and glasses behind a counter makes some remarks about it being a good thing. Lisa, always […]

Institutional Memory and News Librarianship

Sunday, February 8th, 2004

A few months ago, a professional colleague asked me to read a paper he wrote about his role as an information specialist within a news organiztion. In it, he mentions keeping “institutional memory” casually as a task of news librarians. I’ve been pondering this task ever since. I do a poor job of recording institutional […]

Mike’s Google Answers Challenge

Sunday, February 8th, 2004

This is a lovely challenge. Mike’s question about John Edwards’ career as a malpractice attorney and whether he really did win most of his cases by linking cerebral palsy to doctors’ errors in the delivery room is deceptively simple. It might be easy to locate materials about this on the Internet, but as Mike points […]

Expanding Google Answers Isn’t the Answer

Sunday, February 8th, 2004

Jay writes in response to two of my recent posts: It seems to me that the best way to promote librarians is to work with Google and expand the Google Answers program. Many people don’t know about Google Answers and the services seems ill defined. But a good start. Promoting Google Answers isn’t a good […]