An interesting post on the Internet and education.
[If you want evidence of the way the internet is pervading every aspect of our lives, you need look no further than its effect on education.]
[A useful article] On the use of online over the library — much of that depends on how we access the deeper (and hidden) pools of information out there. As The Atlantic noted, JSTOR turns away 150 million users each year, articles conveniently accessed at (where else?) the library. The internet can tell us certain things, but the deeper, more complex material must still be searched out. Here, the use of SEO is simply too limited as it returns too many false positives. Its use is best when one does it consistently, when one knows already what terms yield the best results. But of course, that is an argument for human intervention, the stuff again, that we pay the librarian to help us accomplish.
It will be useful to see how Readers (e.g. Kindle, iPad) will alter this ecology.