Saturday, February 14, 2009

More Cut Backs for Librarians

It was announced by Editor & Publisher (America's oldest journal covering the newspaper industry) that the news research library at the Wall Street Journal is set to close on March 23, 2009 and all librarian positions will be eliminated.

When asked who will do the research for reporters, they said, "No one. The reporters will probably be using a Lexis product called Due Diligence Dashboard." The Assistant Librarian, Leslie A. Norman, commented that "it cannot replace [the librarian's] knowledge about how to research using all the tricks we've learned over the years. We figure that the reporters will probably spend 10 times our compensation trying to do their own research."

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