05.12.2013 10:29, James Weinheimer:

Whether we like it or whether we don't, libraries are not the main
places where people go to for their information needs. When was the
last time you saw in a movie or TV show that when someone needed
information, they were told: Go to a library and ask a librarian.
No--it's always Google and they always find exactly what they need
quickly and easily. That is the popular mind today.

It is indeed. In this 2011 book:
"50 Digital Ideas You Really Need to Know"
library catalogs or digital libraries, eBooks, eJournals ... are never
mentioned, not even in passing or in a reference, in all of the 50
4-page chapters. There's a chapter "Search engines", AGWS,
largely about G. of course (which is mentioned on every other page as
well), and the word "catalog" is searched there in vain, too.
So, the poor popular mind is on its own now to figure out about
libraries and catalogs and how or where they fit in today.

You are therefore completely right in saying,
So, from the user's standpoint--which must take precedence (as we
have always claimed but have rarely lived up to)--the number of
places to get information is going up at an exponential pace, while
the library-created information becomes an ever-diminishing fraction
of the whole of that. Everybody knows this, but yet we are supposed
to think that all of those information providers need and want to
become compatible with *us*? Why? If we wait for that, we wait

The next step for catalogers is to deal seriously with the reality of
 keyword searching.
Ironically, Google Booksearch is making use of LCSH terms as these were
part of the data they obtained from OCLC.
Search for   "machine-readable bibliographic data"
and find titles indexed by libraries with this term, but they don't
show the subject terms under their "Bibliographic information".
Presumably because that would irritate the searcher?
But they give you a whole cloud of frequent and mostly relevant terms
to choose from. Now figure out how they create that.

Yes, we ought to have sat down and think, quite a while ago.

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