Re: [IUG] System Mgt People in Short Supply?
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Try to do a search for a subject--and be sure that you have a complete result.
Amazon won't even come close. For that you need a controlled vocabulary, and cross-referencing--even if you're using a keyword search!
Finding a specific, known title is about the easiest thing to do. Not such a surprise that Amazon is up to the task.
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>>> sowder at andrews dot edu 9/27/2006 3:40:03 PM >>>
Susan Jurist wrote:
> On Sep 22, 2006, at 8:30 AM, Gimon, Charles A wrote:
>> And I disagree that you need to talk to librarians to find out what
>> users want. Forget that--talk directly to the users, and cut out the
> ok. then that's easy. Just buy the google search engine & let the
> users fend for themselves ...
Most users do exactly that or even better, use Amazon.
> I agree, we pay too little attention to the user, but they don't know
> that there is more to life than Google, so you need to talk to us too.
But they don't talk to us. They don't even feel the need. Why would they
if they don't know this other side is even here? The only reason they
use our nicely constructed OPACs is because they _have_ to. If the
contents of our databases were available to Google they would not use
So, our default search is _keyword_ because that is what Google is and
pretty much what web surfers (read "patrons") expect. Read the papers on
I haven't heard many complaints of _not_ finding a book on Amazon. And
Amazon doesn't even use AACR2.
> From the other side, having worked with my share of programmers,
> sometimes systems people do things just because they can - not because
> it would make something better to the end user. I think you call all
> supply your own examples here.
Oh yes. And I am a systems person.
Steve Sowder Systems
sowder at andrews dot edu Andrews University
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