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Search engines should be the business of libraries, not companies.

@BartG95 could you imagine the alternate universe in which this happened?

@bamfic @BartG95 struggle on the library front "This project ultimately led to a distinctive new field of information science, which inherited the revolutionary ideals of Cuban librarianship." logicmag.io/care/informatics-o

@BartG95 While I totally agree, my brother reminded me how technologically "incompetent" most public library are. Their search tool are often rough and difficult to use. They are severely under financed. :(

@BartG95 Yeah. Maybe. At least of *some* libraries... 🙂

I mean, sometimes searching library catalog is awful. In Switzerland, for instance, the only nation wide *good* discovery tool¹ was built on top of open source tools (mainly), by a very small IT team of an university, paid on project. And it's going to be shut down.

Replaced by a damn Exlibris product.

It's soo stupid and sad.

¹ swissbib.ch/

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