The impact that Google has made on search, search practices and findability cannot be denied. This book review touches on the good, the bad, and the digitized of that story. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Book Review — Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization.”

The story that is told in Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization by Deana Marcum and Roger Schonfeld documents from a library perspective the implications and long-term impact of Google’s efforts to make offline content searchable online through optimized means of scanning and digitization.

We know that the outcome of Google’s ambitious project would ultimately be diminished, but key library leadership has managed to create the infrastructure needed to sustain and carry on the massive digitization needed.

It is an interesting read, and both a look back and a look forward at the search giant’s role in library technology.

Findability is important, but it only works only when a proper taxonomy is in place. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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