Bad Online Searches Cost Companies Money
This article "FLAWED ONLINE SEARCHES COSTING U.S. BUSINESSES $31 BILLION EACH YEAR" came across my email and I had to post it right away to my bog.
It seems despite what big business and executives think, we librarians are totally needed. An business research company found that 84% of the people taking the survey felt that their web searchers took longer than ought to due to poor results, which in turn cost $31 billion in wasted time. $31 BILLION!!!!! Holy crap! And I get criticized for reading my daily Dilbert early in the morning, I certainly am not wasting that much time and money even on a really tough search request.
There are a ton of statistics in the article about how confident they are in the searches, how much they depend on internet searches, how confident they are in the resulting information being credible, etc.
The one thing this little lovely article does not even mention is LIBRARIANS!!! How much of an asset we are, how we can save these companies big money (for $31 billion maybe they could pay us a living wage), how we could save time, etc. I would have like to see the survey compare the companies on whether they have librarians, whether they use the ones they have, and how confident they feel in the librarians research results. It would be extremely interesting to looks at those results.
In the mean time, print this article out and post the hell out of it. Wave it from the roof tops. Put it in your executives', bosses', doctors', provosts', next door neighbors' inbox. Blow up the article and post it at your library's front desk or front door. Put it next to the computers. All of them attached with a little note saying, "I can help."
FOR GOD'S SAKE LIBRARIANS PIMP YOURSELVES OUT!!!!!!!!!