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Collection of 9/11 related resources September 11, 2006

Posted by jennimi in reference.
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From ResourceShelf, September 11th Resources and Archives. Good collection. More resources and remembrances posted here today.


Google Librarian Newsletter revisited, Google U.S. Government Search June 24, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Digitization Projects, Google, In your library, Library Related, reference.
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I have finally had a chance to review the 4th edition of Google Librarian Newsletter. This edition is MUCH improved. More pertinent info and in this issue, some great focus on my favorite thing one of my favorite things: searching.

One nice service outlined is Google U.S. Government Search. Seems to be an attractive alternative to the ole “advanced search limit to .govs” we all know and love. Still, anything to cut typing and keystrokes is welcome. A quick search for one of my favorite wildlife refuges looks like this in Google U.S. Gov Search, this in regular ole Google, and this in advanced Google searching limiting to .govs. Basic Google gets me a map and directions, as well as lots of consumer (reviews, birding and backpacking fora) stuff while the Gov Search gets me more formal reports and government documents. As with all search engines, the best path depends greatly on the needs of the user. But if you find yourself using the Google advanced search page for gov docs, you might bookmark this new service.

I also liked these free downloadable posters (pdfs) to help patrons learn to search better and explain online searching.

If you’re interested, you can sign up for Google Librarian Newsletter here.

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Google Librarian Center… April 19, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Google, Library Related, LISNews, reference.
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Hmm. Thanks to Blake at LISNews, as well as an extreme addiction to RSS, via Bloglines (an addiction I am determined to rope all of my librarian friends into!), I found out Google has a group/newsletter for librarians. Per Google (from the Librarian Center home page):

“Librarians and Google share a similar mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians who work each day to further that mission. This site is a first step toward improving and expanding that support.”

Big words. Slight difference: librarians, in championing information access, don’t include advertisements, or rank their searches by number of hits or by sponsorship (at least in my utopia), but this is a post about a cute little service (which as far as I can tell doesn’t include the famous Google sponsored links…) and not a treatise about my views on information access…

The most recent newsletter is inspired by Earth Day, and offers some great teaching resources. Archives entries read like a list of Google services and sales pitches to googlecynicabrarians, but maybe I am just cynical. You can decide for yourself.

One thing though, why no RSS? I had to sign up with my email address. (Even though I am not yet impressed, I want to see how they do, after all, we are all in process, right?) I emailed the Library Center this morning requesting RSS, so we’ll see. You see, I prefer to visit sites myself, rather than have newsletters pile up in my inbox.