Today at a meeting, we were talking about EdWeb, a list of websites for Adult Basic Education (ABE) classroom use vetted and categorized by ABE teachers.
Someone asked if this was antiquated – what’s the point when you can just do a Google search and get a whole slew of different websites?
Someone else replied that the vetting was important because it assured quality. The massive Google list includes a lot of junk.
I’ve had a lot of informal library training in my life, so I’ve been in the “vet it!” camp for as long as I can remember. I have a theory, though, that the general public (meaning the “not-necessarily-indoctrinated-at-a-young-age-by-a-reference-librarian” public) might be joining this camp.
I think this for the exact reason the first person stated. Pretty much anybody really can get a huge list of relevant websites with the ease of a Google search. What’s harder to get is a categorized list of high quality website, and what’s even harder is knowing where to start. So the perceived value of the all-inclusive list is decreasing while the perceived value of the Top 10 list is increasing.