Casefile Clues

17 December 2007

10 Reasons why the Internet is no library substitute.

10 Reasons Why the Internet is No Substitute for the Library

The ALA website contains an article from 2001 by Mark Herring titled as above. I'm not certain I agree with everything the article says, but here are the author's ten main points:


  • Not Everything Is on the Internet

  • The Needle (Your Search) in the Haystack (the Web)

  • Quality Control Doesn’t Exist

  • What You Don’t Know Really Does Hurt You

  • States Can Now Buy One Book and Distribute to Every Library on the Web—NOT!

  • Hey, Bud, You Forgot about E-book Readers

  • Aren’t There Library-less Universities Now?

  • But a Virtual State Library Would Do It, Right?

  • The Internet: A Mile Wide, an Inch (or Less) Deep

  • The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable

Those who want to read the entire article can do so on the ALA site.

Comments can be posted here.