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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Watch Out, Google....

It seems Google's successful IPO has given administrators at Johns Hopkins University some ideas. In the most recent edition of the Johns Hopkins newsletter, the GAZETTE, JHU President William Brody ...began thinking that surely some students or faculty at Hopkins could come up with an idea that could "command an equally high premium in the commercial world." Then, he noted, the light went on. "Full of Google-envy, I suddenly realized that we already have the ultimate information search engine right here at Johns Hopkins," Brody wrote. "And it can be used to locate important references from credible sources, without getting a lot of extraneous garbage...Therefore, any day now, two prominent New York investment banks will announce the initial public offering for, the newest and most powerful search engine."

JHUSL, of course, stands for Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries. And while Brody was only being mischievous in suggesting that JHU would take its libraries public, his sentiment was serious. In an age when some university presidents have questioned the future of university libraries, Brody offered a strong vote of confidence for librarians. "Our library has the most
effective search engines yet invented--librarians who are highly skilled at ferreting out the uniquely useful references that you need." he wrote, adding that "massive information overload is placing librarians in an ever more important role..." To read Brody's piece, visit:

From Library Journal Newswire (via our Director Phil Tramdack)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, have you seen I go there regularly and it is fun, a good site. If I can't find a book at the library I usually go there.

Also, what does discharged mean? I have been watching a book (at the library) for a while, awaiting its return (which was supposed to be today) only to find out that i has been discharged :( Does that mean its not coming back? If not, thats ok because I am supposed to be recieveing it through a bookring on Bookcrossing.

I Love the library!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Melba Tomeo said...

Yes, is cool--I am planning on writing something up about it for the blog. Is it still books "released into the wild"? Or is there now more emphasis on trading books around, like file sharing?

Discharged is good news! That means the book just came back and is probably down at the circulation desk about to be shelved. Stop in on Monday and check!

Happy holidays!

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info! On Bookcrossing, you can still focus more on releasing in the wild. I mainly use it for book trading... A LOT of people do. All you have to do is pay shipping (which is cheaper because of media mail) . Any book I can't find at the library, I get there. I get a lot of my romance novels from there.

12:28 PM  

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