Who needs librarians?
Part of my job as Circulation Supervisor involves checking in our library’s serials. As I was tattletaping the Journal of Accountancy, I noticed an ad for AICPA Resource Online, which headlines its ad by saying, “Find answers wherever you are.”
The ad goes onto discuss how “AICPA Resource is a powerful online research tool that keeps you current on the latest, most up-to-date accounting and auditing information. […] With the subscriptions you choose–all content, including standards, rules, guides, alerts, checklists, and technical practice aids, are conveniently linked and cross-referenced for quick and easy information retrieval. Timely, comprehensive, and flexible–with AICPA Resource everything you need is online.” (Never mind the misuse of m-dashes.)
Is this merely a sequel to the Westlaw brouhaha, the latest iteration of a database bypassing librarians in an attempt to reach the end user to generate more revenue? Or do accounting firms simply not have librarians?