Libraries are always looking for more money. Heck, even the ALA is always looking for more money, which is why their dues are now so high. I think the way to raise more money is to sue Google. Apparently, everyone else is doing it. The NYT has an article today about some recent lawsuits filed against Google.
"Last week, a Pennsylvania resident sued Google in federal court alleging that his Social Security number turned upside down and scrambled spells the name Google. In a handwritten complaint, the plaintiff, Dylan Stephen Jayne, asks for $5 billion in damages."
The handwritten complaint is funny stuff. I can't tell if the guy is a practical joker or just mentally ill. Either way, we all benefit.
There's another one "filed in federal district court in Texas last week, alleging that Google stole its name from the Gogo tribe of Tanzania. The suit was filed by Denis Maringo, who according to the complaint is an immigration detainee at the CCA Houston Processing Center, allegedly detained for political reasons. Google rival Yahoo is also a defendant in this case, based on allegations that the Internet portal stole its name from the Yao tribe of Tanzania. In the complaint, Mr. Maringo claims that his paternal grandfather was a Gogo and his maternal grandmother was a Yao."
This Maringo character must not be familiar with large numbers or Gulliver's Travels, and again we benefit.
What does this have to do with librarians, you might ask? It should be obvious, but I'll elaborate. I've read and heard plenty of arguments, rants, and discussions among librarians about how bad Google is, that is, it's bad because it's so good. "We buy all these databases and students just go to Google," the librarians whine. "Googling isn't a good way to do research, but they try anyway." And of course one of my favorites, "I'm a human search engine, I'm way better than Google." But alas, nobody cares.
Google has done irreparable psychological damage to plenty of librarians who loved being the tightfisted and anal retentive guardians of information. And they have to hear "Google" used as a verb all the time. No one ever made a verb of "librarian," and if they did it probably wouldn't have anything to do with search. Now that Google's around and it's so popular, these poor damaged librarians should sue Google for something or other. Maybe they could even handwrite the note.