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Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Google Information Age

How many times have you heard someone in the course of your day say something like “I don’t know, look it up on Google?” People in sales use Google to research potential new customers in markets they never thought to tap before. People in purchasing use Google to find parts and product that are hard to source for manufacturing. Lawyers and people that think they can represent themselves in court use Google to look up old law cases and precedent. People even use Google to research whatever medical ailment they have. In my own day to day observations, Google-ing happens far too many times that I have to conclude that our information source for knowledge has gone from the hard cover of books and looking things up in any given reference to something as simple as a point and click Google search.

Welcome to the Google information age. Like it or not, it’s here to stay.

Word to the newly graduating class of 2011, being a librarian is not a long term employment position that is long for this world. Google might be hiring if you can use those same skills to help them out with what I’m sure will be the next level of information technology. Googlepedia’s! No door to door salespeople needed. Just point and click.


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