Mar 19th, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

De-Googlization: A Librarian's Challenge with Information Monopoly

Allison Quam, Winona State University


Google has undoubtedly influenced our assumptions about research and the dissemination of and access to information. While Google initiates more projects, such as the Book Search or the historic news archive, how will librarians educate their users who have become increasingly more dependent upon this private company for access to information? As Google continues to dominate the search and information landscape, users will need to learn the skills necessary to filter the information made accessible by a company that is influenced by profits and shareholder demands.

Allison Quam is Reference and Liaison Librarian at Winona State University's Darrell W. Krueger Library.