What Is a Digital Library Anymore, Anyway? (21 Nov 2005)
These technical snags exist in a broader and perhaps more worrisome institutional dilemma, which has been characterized by many as the "googlization" of digital libraries and information in general. Like any neologism, googlization is used in a variety of ways. Here, it refers to the troublesome misconception that Google represents the apotheosis of digital information and that the remaining problems in this domain have either been solved or will be solved by Google (or perhaps by Yahoo!, MSN, etc.). Informal discussions with colleagues in the digital library research community indicate that googlization has infected funding agencies, both public and private. While the absence of a well-funded digital library research program within the National Science Foundation can be attributed to a number of causes, the notion that "Google has solved the problem" is contributory.
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