In the beginning….that is, before the preliminary keynote speaker

Currently, I am sipping hot tea and eagerly waiting for our speaker, Clifford Stoll. Most, if not all, librarians acknowledge the Google competition for providing easy and quick answers. Even when I circulated last night’s welcome ceremony and the vendor breakfast this morning, every person I talked with had a story about problem patrons who refused to search with anything that isn’t Google. In fact, I have often joked that hypochondriacs will force doctor’s to become better researchers; after all, the doctor is assumed to know more than patients. But how can a doctor convince a hypochondriac that their fears are unwarranted when the doctor is using the same tool that the hypochondriac had used?

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