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March 28, 2008


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Nina Platt

Hi Mary Ellen,

Thanks for mentioning my post on search. I do agree that it is the fireworks that keep us searching but I'm not sure that everyone else wants continuous thrills. My sister was making the point about the excitement as well but the conclusion she drew was that the fireworks didn't necessarily get her to the information she was seeking.

I think it was Roy Tennant who said "Librarians like to search, everyone else likes to find." Whether it is my sister searching for craft ideas, my brother searching for web design information or my husband searching for motorcycle parts, eventually the thrill of the search is gone if the many fireworks don't take them in the direction they want to be.

Mary Ellen Bates

I agree that most people don't want continuous thrills. That's one area in which we info pros differ from the rest of the population, IMO. Think of it - librarians are thrill-seekers. (reminds me of that Bacardi commercial - "librarian by day, Bacardi by night." (http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_mistress/40461546/ )

Rosemary Carstens

I've had to do a lot of research, both on and offline for the book proposal I've been working on. It has definitely been addictive! I love the topic anyway, but I find one tidbit leads me right on to another and before I know it I have wandered down several unrelated paths and it's past midnight! It's kind of like opening a big bag of Lay's potato chips and telling yourself in advance that you'll just pour a few out on a paper plate and stop there. Yeah, right! As long as there is a salty crumb left in the corner of the bag, I'll be there pouring, pouring...
Rosemary Carstens

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