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February 06, 2008

For my colleagues who don't follow the medical librarianship blogosphere

davidrothman.net>> Blog Archive>> Google Books - Admitting Usefulness

Of course, we here at UM, having just celebrated the digitization of our 1,000,000TH book, do not suffer from the "anxiety/fear/loathing" that David references. :) However, I wonder if we are using MBooks and Google Books to their full potential, and if we are exploiting the practical (and perhaps life-saving) anecdotes of usefulness fully? Reading Dr Schwimmer's post which started this thread is interesting, both for the current uses of Google Books and for the thoughts on how this resources might develop in the future. Would an effective AI application raise the practical utility to an unprecedented level as he speculates? Regardless of whether you agree on that particular point, it's good to hear a non-librarian (physician) user say multiple times "there’s never been anything like this before."

Posted by janeblum at February 6, 2008 10:44 AM

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