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On tearing down information walls.

photo © 2006 Laura Chifiriuc | more info (via: Wylio)It’s been a tough week.  I lost two friends. One of those deaths is relevant here. Niki reached out to me several years ago, a year after her brain tumor diagnosis. She needed a librarian to help her get to documents and emerging research findings that [...]

Mashpedia and Zomobo, the real back story in realtime search

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I’m a Mashpedia fan. I’ve been a fan since back in April 2010, when I first posted about its coolness for aggregating real-time content and its availability in multiple languages.  Since then I’ve been sharing it with my students and gushing about its value at conferences. So I was intrigued when I discovered Zomobo this [...]

Mr. Database Man (a proof of concept)

This spring, I asked a few of my always game filmmakers to create a series of proof-of-concept films to promote the use of databases across industry and brand.  Maya, who is looking forward to a marketing career, delivered one of their products just as the school year ended.  It stars Matt as Mr. Database Man. [...]

Alas, poor learners . . .your Wonder Wheel is Gone!

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Gary Price’s SearchEngineLand post says it’s official: Google’s Wonder Wheel is dead. According to Gary: The spokesperson said that the search tool was removed due to the “initial stage” of the Google site redesign announced earlier this week.  The new search interface features a smaller logo and links moved to the top and bottom edges [...]

Everyone is talking apps, but . .

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At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning. Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research. Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one [...]

The FBI opens its Vault

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Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New [...]

I hope you’ll search (with skill): a revised letter to my grads

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(It’s that time again.  I was thinking about how sad I am going to be to say goodbye to this year’s senior class, and decided to update a piece I first shared in my April 2009 VOYA column.) A letter to my seniors Each spring I watch another class leave me for the university and [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]

Historical Newspapers Online

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Compiled at the Penn Libraries, Historical Newspapers Online is a table listing free online newspaper archives.  And, you are going to want to share this list with your history teachers and your serious young historians. Arranged by state, the list is curated by Research and Instructional Services Librarian Nick Okrent, who shares his strategy aggregating [...]

INFOdocket and FullTextReports

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Gary Price alerts me. I’ve been following his work as editor of ResourceShelf for more than ten years   Now, he and his scouting and writing partner Shirl Kennedy, continue to feed me tasty information leads, in two new information spaces:  INFOdocket and FullTextReports Still shy of two-months old, these prodigious infant sites are engaged in [...]