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On the librarian: What’s the point . . ? The Twitter conversation

@karlfisch: What’s the point of having a media specialist if they aren’t specialists in the media forms of the day? I was nearly finished copying and pasting, figuring out how best to post Tuesday’s Twitter conversation, when I discovered that Karl Fisch (@karlfisch), who kinda started it all, already took care of that.  (You likely […]

Why a duck? Exploring Duck Duck Go

A new search engine seems to have lots of people quacking. Duck Duck Go is one of the simplest interface I’ve seen. The About page explains: Duck Duck Go is a new search engine with less garbage and better results. With less clicking forward and back between results, it is for anyone who wants to […]

Shifting the way we look at footprints

For quite some time I’ve accepted that my blogging, my online pubs, my participation in social networks, my hyperconnectedness, all make for a rather transparent presence. I’ve not only accepted this, I’ve welcomed the ability to reflect out loud, to join the discussion, to contribute. Last week in a provocative SIG-MS/AASL session, Googled Well: Helping […]

SnagFilms: Snag it now!

Documentaries are a big deal in our library. I don’t think a day goes by when one doesn’t cross the circ desk, get used on one of our streaming services, or get requested by a student or teacher. SnagFilms is an amazing source of full-length documentaries (like the one above), offering yet another way to […]

Periodic Table of Videos

The University of Nottingham has proven itself worthy in the face of an enormous scientific challenge–making the Periodic Table engaging and fun, as well as useful and informative. Confession, I was a good chemistry student, but I cannot say I loved the subject. So it is strange that when I discovered the Periodic Table of […]

Google News Timeline

On Monday, Google Labs announced the launch of Google News Timeline, a new feature that organizes many different types of search results on a zoomable, graphical timeline. Visual results come from a variety of sources including Time Magazine.  By clicking on Add More Queries, users searchers may include their customized choices of newspapers and magazines […]

World Digital Library: Happy birthday!

The American Memory Collection is a rich portal containing so many of the primary sources that define our nation. Till now, no such portal existed to share such sources globally. In a flat world, this is sharing is critical. Today is the birthday of the World Digital Library. First proposed by Librarian of Congress James […]

Research shift: YouTube as starting point

I started noticing it a few months back.  The headphones I keep in the office cabinet moved off the shelf each block at an ever-increasing pace. Nope, it wasn’t that the kids were listening to music.  It wasn’t that they were viewing/listening to off-task video.  They were absolutely on task. It’s always been clear to […]

Playing with dictionary 2.0

In my early library days, I’d get the "Where are the dictionaries?" question a lot.  Dictionaries were less fun in those days. Dictionaries have become living, growing organisms.  We have a new crop of wonderful tools for better understanding words and building vocabulary.  Perhaps they are less reliable. Perhaps they are sometimes surprising. Our new […]

Explore the DOAJ

Here’s another post relating to tight times and the happy fact that the open source/open access movement continues to simultaneously flourish. High school librarians will want to share the Directory of Open Access Journals with students and teachers. This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all […]