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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 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.

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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 (William Miller)
  • Disruptive Beneficence: The Google Print Program and the Future of Libraries (Mark Sandler)
  • The Google Library Project at Oxford (Ronald Milne)
  • The (Uncertain) Future of Libraries in a Google World: Sounding an Alarm (Rick Anderson)
  • A Gaggle of Googles: Limitations and Defects of Electronic Access as Panacea (Mark Y. Herring)
  • Using the Google Search Appliance for Federated Searching: A Case Study (Mary Taylor)
  • Google’s Print and Scholar Initiatives: The Value and Impact on Libraries and
    Information Services (Robert J. Lackie)
  • Google Scholar vs. Library Scholar: Testing the Performance of Schoogle (Burton Callicott and Debbie Vaughn)
  • Google, the Invisible Web, and Librarians: Slaying the Research Goliath (Francine Egger-Sider and Jane Devine)
  • Choices in the Paradigm Shift: Where Next for Libraries? (Shelley E. Phipps and Krisellen Mahoney)
  • Calling the Scholars Home: Google Scholar as a Tool for Rediscovering the Academic Library (Maurice C.York)
  • Checking Under the Hood: Evaluating Google Scholar for Reference Use (Janice Adlington and Chris Benda)
  • Running with the Devil: Accessing Library-Licensed Full Text Holdings Through Google (Rebecca Donlan and Rachel Cooke)
  • Directing Students to New Information Types: A New Role for Google in Literature Searches? (Mike Thelwall)
  • Evaluating Google Scholar as a Tool for Information Literacy (Rachael Cathcart and Amanda Roberts)
  • Optimising Publications for Google Users (Alan Dawson)
  • Google and Privacy (Paul S. Piper)
  • Image: Google’s Most Important Product (Ron Force)
  • Keeping Up with Google: Resources and Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Pack (Michael J. Krasulski and Steven J.Bell)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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