Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Google Librarian Central Blog

OK, there is now a Google Librarian Central Blog. I have not been to impressed with Google Librarian Central to date. Most of the suggestions and notes are simplistic to anyone who has studied Google a lot already which includes many librarians. In addition, the Google Librarian team has ignored several e-mails I have sent them including my offers to contribute content to the Google Librarian Newsletter. I realize they are busy but they really should respond even if it is a polite decline.

However, I am a big fan of Google. It is my favorite search engine and I use it all the time. I appreciate that Google is attempting to reach out to librarians and I will be paying attention to this blog. I just might find a good piece of information.

From the site:

I'm pleased to say that today, we're implementing one of your biggest requests. When we asked how we could improve the Google Librarian Newsletter, many of you said, "Make it a blog!" or "Send more up-to-date information." We've taken your feedback to heart, and we're doing just that. Starting today, the Librarian Center will make its home at http://librariancentral.blogspot.com, where you'll find the latest Google news, updates, and tips relevant to the librarian community. The blog includes links to the Newsletter Archive, the Your Stories page, and the Tools and Videos sections. And of course, we'll continue to add to these pages and develop new features.

We're excited about communicating Google's product and feature launches to you as they happen. You can even sign up to receive these blog posts by email, or choose to read them from your Google Personalized Homepage or Google Reader (or your preferred blog reader). For those of you who still prefer to hear from us on a quarterly basis, we'll continue to send out the Librarian Newsletter, which will include the "best of" the previous months' blog posts. As with many Google launches, consider this blog a beta test, open to refinements and changes over time. We'll be looking closely at your feedback, so please let us know what you think.

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