No Library Here – Please See Google December 8, 2009Posted by dataduchess in Uncategorized.
Tags: cutbacks, frustration, legal, libraries, research
I came across this picture last week, and although I chuckled a little, my reaction was to roll my eyes and groan at the state of libraries and the lack of respect for their resources or the skills of the librarians in this country, as more and more companies and agencies are cutting staff and resources to save money. This picture came from a blog post highlighting that BusinessWeek Magazine has recently closed its library, on the heels of the Wall Street Journal doing the same thing earlier this year.
Even with my awareness of the usefulness of a skilled librarian and a well-inventoried library, it doesn’t hit home until you need access to a resource that is no longer provided. This morning, for my work, I needed to search for a specific set of cases to support my legal argument, and although I knew they were out there, and I knew exactly how I could find them – I could not find any library within a reasonable distance that still had the resources I sought. It took me 3 times as long to figure out a different approach to the problem, and that is only to find the resources – not to use them. Either my clients are going to get an ugly bill, or I have to discount my time – either way, a good library would have made everyone happier.