This morning I was excited to discover the beta of Searcheeze, which appears to be an easy cool tool for collaborative curating.
But I watched the intro video and went into a not-so-quiet tirade.
Here’s how it starts:
Search. It’s quite interesting how the meaning of the word “search” has been subjected to change in recent years. Let’s say you have some particular reasons to perform a search. What you did once-upon-a-time was to take your coat and glasses and go down to your local library where an unpleasant, half-deaf lady would give you a ton of books on the topic you were researching. Nowadays things are very different. I mean no library witches, no back injuries, no book lending. In this day and age, everything is digital.
Okay, maybe I have no sense of humor, but this particular unpleasant, half-deaf lady, who would have likely embraced and recommended a new curation tool to the kid with the coat and glasses, took offense.
Librarians currently function as leaders in the curation movement. We help our constituents discover new tools and information strategies. I cannot share this marketing approach with my learners.
Why the need to bash information professionals to promote your information service? We use your tools in our practice and we share your goals for making information easier to access, organize, and share.