[re-search] Utrecht University library surrenders to Google

Ulf-Dietrich Reips reips at deusto.es
Thu May 30 22:34:56 CEST 2013

Hi Renë, all:
for a long time I couldn't stand outdated library 
technologies and cataloguing projects (and the 
nerves and money wasted on them) in light of the 
simple and efficient Google approach.

However, nowadays with near monopolistic and 
increasingly regulated and commercialized 
optimization of Google search algorithms we 
should imho take care to keep and develop 
excellent independent solutions.

Kind regards

At 16:16 Uhr +0200 30.5.2013, René König wrote:
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>Hello everybody,
>This is not exactly brand new but I´d be very interested in your opinion.
>The Utrecht University library kind of 
>surrenders to Google et al. by not investing in 
>their own search tools since their visitors 
>anyway use other services like Google Scholar or 
>Scopus (http://bit.ly/114mXPJ). While a 
>colleague applauds them
>"for acting based on their findings, not on 
>wishes or institutional politics", I find this 
>form of surrendering to Google rather sad and 
>alarming. But ok, I can´t claim that I don´t use 
>these services myself. Anyway, this example once 
>more raises the question how we should deal with 
>the supremacy of Google et al. Obviously, 
>forcing people to use library search tool cannot 
>be the answer but what can we do?
>What´s your opinion?
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	Ikerbasque Research Professor     
	Director, iScience group
	Facultades de Ingenería y de Psicología y Educación
	Universidad de Deusto
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