Libraries and Google

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Discover the benefits—and drawbacks—of Google®

Google® has become a nearly omnipresent tool of the Internet, with its potential only now beginning to be realized. How can librarians effectively integrate this powerful search engine to provide service to their patrons? Libraries and Google® presents leading authorities discussing the many possibilities of using Google® products as effective, user-friendly tools in libraries. Google Scholar and Print are extensively explored with ...

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Overview

Discover the benefits—and drawbacks—of Google®

Google® has become a nearly omnipresent tool of the Internet, with its potential only now beginning to be realized. How can librarians effectively integrate this powerful search engine to provide service to their patrons? Libraries and Google® presents leading authorities discussing the many possibilities of using Google® products as effective, user-friendly tools in libraries. Google Scholar and Print are extensively explored with an eye toward offering an expanded view of what is and may be possible for the future, with practical insights on how to make the most of the product’s capabilities.

It seems certain that Google® is here to stay. Libraries and Google® comprehensively examines this “disruptive technology” that is seen as both a threat and an opportunity by both librarians and publishers. Both perspectives are explored in depth, along with practical applications of this and other Google® technology that may be new to librarians. Google® products and other more familiar research tools are compared for effectiveness and ease of use. The various unique needs of users and scholars are detailed and considered as a springboard for insightful discussion of the future role of librarians in today’s world. Potential problems are closely examined, such as copyright issues of digitization, and privacy concerns sparked by its collection of personal information about its users. The book comprehensively explores the path libraries need to travel to benefit from the search tool, rather than being overwhelmed and destroyed by it.

Topics in Libraries and Google® include:

  • the viewpoint that Google® may make libraries obsolete
  • new opportunities for libraries through using Google® products
  • technical aspects of purchasing and implementing Google® search products with proprietary vendor databases
  • testing the performance of Google Scholar and Print
  • practical use of Google®’s products
  • personal privacy issues
  • making digitized library resources more accessible
  • digitization of copyrighted materials
  • much, much more!
Libraries and Google® is horizon-expanding reading for all librarians, library science educators and students, library administrators, publishers, and university presses.

Volume 2 of Libraries and Google® is in preparation.

Google® is a Registered Service Mark of Google, Inc., Mountain View, California. Libraries and Google® is an independent publication offered by The Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, and is not affiliated with, nor has it been authorized, sponsored, endorsed, licensed, or otherwise approved by, Google, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Today GoogleR dominates the search engine market and is the first choice for finding information among Internet users. Many librarians, but certainly not all, feel threatened by its foray into services seen as competition for libraries, such as Google Scholar and Google Print. Miller and Pellen, director and associate director, respectively, of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries, have compiled a collection of articles on Google's effect on libraries, which run the gamut from outright alarm, to critical evaluations of its services, practices, and products to practical advice on how to incorporate Google products into your library services. The final chapter lists resources for staying current on Google offerings. All of the contributing authors are from academic settings, and they provide valuable guidance and keen insight into both the positive aspects and "dark side" of Google and how it will impact the future of libraries. This very timely and thought-provoking collection should be read by all librarians. Robert L. Battenfeld, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Lib., Brookville, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : libraries and their interrelationships with Google 1
Disruptive beneficence : the Google print program and the future of libraries 5
The Google library project at Oxford 23
The (uncertain) future of libraries in a Google world : sounding an alarm 29
A gaggle of Googles : limitations and defects of electronic access as panacea 37
Using the Google search appliance for federated searching : a case study 45
Google's print and scholar initiatives : the value of and impact on libraries and information services 57
Google scholar vs. library scholar : testing the performance of schoogle 71
Google, the invisible Web, and librarians : slaying the research Goliath 89
Choices in the paradigm shift : where next for libraries? 103
Calling the scholars home : Google scholar as a tool for rediscovering the academic library 117
Checking under the hood : evaluating Google scholar for reference use 135
Running with the devil : accessing library-licensed full text holdings through Google scholar 149
Directing students to new information types : a new role for Google in literature searches? 159
Evaluating Google scholar as a tool for information literacy 167
Optimising publications for Google users 177
Google and privacy 195
Image : Google's most important product 205
Keeping up with Google : resources and strategies for staying ahead of the pack 211
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