The Conceptual Librarian

February 26, 2010

WARNING for all librarians!

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Disintermediation (From Wikipedia)

In economics, disintermediation is the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: “cutting out the middleman.” Instead of going through traditional distribution channels, which has some type of intermediate (such as a distributor, wholesaler, broker, or agent), companies may now deal with every customer directly, for example via the Internet.

In the library context, disintermediation means the death of the library. Instead of trying to find what they want from the library website (where it has been caringly hidden away into what is for them irrelevant silos such as Infotrac and Proquest), students will type their search into Google and be happy with what they retrieve… and in the case of TAFE students, whose information needs aren’t overly demanding, they will be satisfied with the results and probably get away with it. And we’re suddenly out of the loop! And the Finance Department is sharpening the razor.

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