Today I had to get a piece of information--an equation, to be specific--from a document.
had sent me an html version of the document, but all graphics were
stripped out of it, and that included the very equation I needed.
upon a time, I could have gone to the shelf, pulled down a paper copy
of this document, and looked it up in two seconds. But we don't keep
paper copies anymore.
I decided to look it up online; I knew the host site generally has both pdf and html versions.
The website was down. For ten minutes I waited for the blasted thing to load, and it never did.
tried to find the document on other sites. My searches were fruitless,
even though I had very specific information to narrow them.
I then checked the microfilm in the library, since I knew that this publication had been stored that way up to a certain date.
The microfilm versions ended just three months before the date of the document I needed.
The librarian checked another source that she thought might have the document, but it didn't.
the librarian was able to find a PDF version somewhere. I don't know
where. Librarians are always performing that kind of magic.
the internet, but it is a very big place. It's a graveyard of broken
links. You don't always know where to look. Sites go down, sites
I think of school administrators who have cut librarians (and even libraries) because "we have the internet now."
Yeah, good luck with that.