Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job

Posted on February 3, 2015. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |


In 1999, Google’s mission was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”. A component of this included archiving and the preservation of the past. In recent years, the focus has now moved to the present and the future, ignoring the past.

Enter Internet Archive

In his article “Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job“, Andy Baio provides a fascinating and well written account of how Google dropped the past and Internet Archive picked it up.


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Google and the librarian

Posted on August 5, 2014. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

Google and the librarian

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Kindle Unlimited – publishers alarmed

Posted on July 21, 2014. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , |

Kindle Unlimited: it’s the end of losing yourself in a good book

Amazon’s leaked ‘Netflix for books’ plan will alarm publishers – and doom old-fashioned anonymous reading
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Databases versus Google

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Reference | Tags: , |

Here is a cute little video where Teddy bears argue over whether Google or databases are better for research

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A Google a day

Posted on April 13, 2011. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , |

Develop your search skills with A Google A Day, a new daily puzzle that can be solved using your creativity and clever search skills on Google. Questions will be posted every day, with access to answers and strategies. You can also check out the previous days’ questions and answers. More info?

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Sydney Morning Herald archives on Google

Posted on August 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Remember the discussion about the SMH digital archives going to Google? Well some of it (all of it?) is there now. Check it out here It contains many other newspapers from the 1800s to now and from other countries. In some instances, it links directly to the newspaper sites. On some of these sites, there is a fee involved. But the Sydney Morning Herald is free (so far).

Tip: use the Advanced Search, specify the source (i.e. Sydney Morning Herald). The results come like any Google results, with the added feature of a timeline. You can click on the timeline to narrow the results timewise (a nice and easy to use feature). Pick an event in Australian history and explore the results.
Please let your interested patrons know….
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