kvetching and kvelling

Speaking of kvetching, this guy has a good point.

It’s possible, however, that society’s collective inability to appreciate the public library as a vital institution is the library’s fault. But libraries are also venturing into murky waters. They are attempting to be everything to everybody, particularly at a time when higher usage is often rewarded with higher levels of funding support from government. [lisnews]

this is going to go so wrong…

So, Gale is going to offer a “feature” of allowing Google Images searching directly from their database search interface. I have mixed feelings about this. Google Images already accounts for a huge amount of the traffic coming to and from my site [cached images on Google being lifted independently from the pages they were on]. These images then tend to wind up on other people’s web pages, even further removed from context. To avoid the Google Images link from turning up anything raunchy, the “Safe Search” setting will be used. This, of course, blocks non-mature content inadvertently as well. There is no alternative, it’s “Safe Search” or no Google Images search at all.