Is the Internet a Library?

Is the Internet a Library? April 3, 2014
The meme image above has been circulating a lot lately. It reminded me of a discussion I had a couple of years ago about the difference between the internet and a library. The former is a disorganized jumble of information. What it lacks is curation. Search results, whether in a card catalogue or a browser search bar, are not that. It takes human expertise to provide a guide through the shelves, the stacks, the things that are not there but are available elsewhere.
The internet is an amazing resource. But people need to learn to use it wisely, just like with a library. And that includes learning how to consult curators and experts who can direct you to the best information amid the deluge.

 

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  • Tony

    As a librarian, I thank you, sir.

  • gail_d

    As a former librarian, I also thank you, sir.