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Greetings from a well reviewed Econo Lodge in west central Florida! I made all of our bookings in advance on hotels.com (because you earn a free night after a certain number of stays, no other reason), paying close attention to customer reviews–for outlandish, clearly absurd concerns, and for sane and reasonable complaints and praises. Reviewer A expected a range of premium toiletries and bathrobes at a Days Inn? No. But, Reviewer B found roaches in the bathtub? I’ll pass, thanks for the tip.

Likewise, I got here using directions from a GPS unit. I typed in the address, it found me in my current location and gave me custom instructions, no mapping on my part.

Do I know too much? My lovely mother in law sent me an email about my last post on my vacation Googles about her life with a GPS lovingly called “Miss G:” more efficient, but less serendipitous. Isn’t part of vacation supposed to be discovering the unexpected? For that matter, isn’t research supposed to have a little bit of that unknown magic too? Where is the line between knowing exactly what you need to know, and discovering exactly what you need to discover?

This is a little too existential to incorporate into your Lib Guides, for certain. But, I do think it’s worth considering with respect to bibliographic instruction, and even ref desk time. Another way: if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for one day, but if you teach him how to fish, he’ll eat for life.

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