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A computer administrator offers “A few thoughts on the Google Book Library project” in the latest isue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly
He writes, “Pause to imagine the absence of Google’s initiative, and it immediately becomes apparent that books and other printed material would quickly reach obsolescence if not easily accessible through digital technology. . . . Search engines are the new subject indexes to virtually infinite amounts of information on the Internet.”
Au contraire. Search engines are not “subject indexes” but only keyword indexes. And the difference between the two concepts is enormous.