ISSUE 108, MARCH 2005

Have you hugged a librarian today?

For context, here's an excerpt from a column by the President of Johns Hopkins University.

"Then 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. It's one that is readily accessible and highly trusted. And it can be used to locate important references from credible sources, without getting a lot of extraneous garbage... What is this great technology, you ask? Well, JHUSL stands for the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries. You see, 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... Massive information overload is placing librarians in an ever more important role as human search engines. They are trained and gifted at ferreting out and vetting the key resource material when you need it. Today's technology is spectacular - but it can't always trump a skilled human." The full article which this excerpt it taken is available at the moment from

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