Solicitor’s seem to be more corporate about defining ‘quality’ information. Whereas, librarians tend to view ‘quality’ from an editoral angle.
Solicitors, like librarians, have three different viewpoints:
- Business viewpoint
- Information is regulated and not commercialised
- Search engine results page (SERP)
- Results are relevant, accurate and subscription results do not have to pay their way to be at the top
- Information viewpoint
- Information itself is more specialised, more reliable and subscription results tend to be less biased
Subscription services vs free access
Unsuprisingly, members of the information society (both librarians and solicitors) value subscription services. Subscription services seem to offer ‘added value’ because their results are, generally speaking, reflective on what keywords we search for rather than the search engine thinking, or predicting what information we search for.