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Picular: Google, but for color

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Pick a color, literally any color. Search engines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Now there’s one for those of us who are lovers (or seekers) of color. Simple and elegant and particularly speedy, Picular returns results in swatches. a palette of colors associated with your search terms. Select one of the swatches and you immediately copy […]

On practicing safe search: fine tuning, privacy-friendly searches, and learning more

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As librarians, we need to be concerned about privacy. ALA’s Policy Statement on Privacy reminds us Libraries, librarians, and library workers have an ethical obligation, expressed in the ALA Code of Ethics, to preserve users’ right to privacy and prevent any unauthorized use or disclosure of users’ personally identifiable information or the data associated with their […]

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start

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I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved verb status, we have other choices well worth discovering. And it’s kinda in our ballpark to ensure that appropriate choices are easily available on both […]

Listennotes.com: a search engine for podcasts

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Listen up, there’s a new search tool in town. Among my friends, at least, it seems that podcasts are a rediscovered treasure. (Check out Jayson DeMers’ Forbes piece, Why Podcasts are Popular, and the 2017 Edison Research Infinite Dial Study on  podcast statistics.) The demand is growing, but how do you find podcasts without the effort of subscribing […]