Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bangor University (UK) librarians face internet threat

The Guardian newspaper reports that Bangor University is proposing to fire eight of its 12 librarians because students can find the information they need on the Internet. Eileen Tilley, one of the librarians who may be fired, said:
The university thinks that because we have the internet it no longer needs skills teaching, that people can do literature searches themselves. I would say this has, in fact, complicated the resources. They need librarians to guide you through it. So many students think they can do those searches on Google. That's not true. Users are confused and need guiding through this.

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