Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Google coming to Ann Arbor

Google coming to Ann Arbor. The Detroit Free Press reports that Google is coming to Michigan. Yeah, we can use the jobs. The report notes, "Michigan's battered economy will get a big psychological boost today when Google Inc., the high-flying Internet search engine giant, announces plans to hire up to 1,000 workers over the next five years for a new Ann Arbor-area facility."

This will expand on Google's current presence in Michigan. Currently, Google employees are working at the University of Michigan scanning books for Google Books. It looks like Ann Arbor will have quite the Google presence.

I really think Google needs to set up librarian panels to help in refining Google searches and to find other ways that Google services can be improved. Librarians are heavy users of Google and we are good at recognizing good searches and spam sites which are of no value to anyone but the website owner. We also help promote services like Google Books.

At the Google Librarian Center it is noted, "Librarians and Google have a similar mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians who work each day to further that mission. This site is a first step toward improving and expanding that support." And librarians want to support Google too. How about getting us more involved? I hope to see you in Ann Arbor...

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