[WEB4LIB] Search engines and positronic brains
merchant at bayou.com
Wed Jun 2 12:51:13 EDT 1999
I must admit that Northern Light is my favorite search engine. I do like
the folders, often, not always, but often they help quite a bit.
>But I'm more sanguine about the
>prospects of search engine interfaces that can do reasonably good jobs at
>eliciting the user's <italic>real</italic> question in a few steps.
I don't doubt that search engines can do reasonable good jobs for average
>Granted, search engines make silly mistakes some times... but then again,
>they respond to queries without the advantage a reference librarian has,
>of responding to questions in the poser's context. Is the question from
>a 7-year old or an adult? Is the query 'Depression' posed in a
>Psychology department library, or at a World Bank library?
I'm glad to see a search engine company not think that they will do away
with professional information specialists.
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