September 19, 2014

Research Paper: Search Strategies of Library Search Experts

From researchers in Estonia. Title Search Strategies of Library Search Experts Authors Kristiina Singer, University of Tartu Georg Singer, University of Tartu Krista Lepik, University of Tartu Ulrich Norbisrath, University of Tartu Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, University of Tartu Source via arXiv Abstract Search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing are an excellent support for finding documents, […]

Search Research: New Search Engine Aims to Google the Real World

From The Telegraph: Developed by a team based at the University of Glasgow with funding from the EU and help from technology industry giants, “Terrier” aims to answer questions about the real world in real time, such as “how busy is the city centre?” By using information from cameras, microphones and social networks, the system […]

Preprint: Paths of Discovery: Comparing the Search Effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources

Title Comparing the Search Effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources (Preprint) Authors Andrew D. Asher Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow for Scholarly Communications The Bertrand Library, Bucknell University Lynda M. Duke Academic Outreach Librarian, Associate Professor, The Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University Suzanne Wilson Library […]

University of Wisconsin Libraries Launches New OPAC

From a U. of Wisconsin News Release: The UW Libraries officially launched the new library catalog on Monday, May 21, replacing the nearly 15-year-old MadCat with a catalog featuring a sleek new interface that makes it easier to find the books, journals, and other resources needed for learning, teaching, and research. The new online catalog […]

U. of Arkansas Researcher Helping to Develop Web Annotation Technology

From a University of Arkansas News Release: With little more than basic information about Web users’ behavior – that is, the hyperlinks they click on daily and the content at those sites – Susan Gauch can build a better search engine. In information systems research, this work is known as “implicit” user profiling, meaning there […]

Asking Complex Questions: "New Search Tool to Unlock Wikipedia"

A new plug-in for use with Wikipedia data named “Swipe” will be demonstrated at the WWW conference next month. Until then, here’s some reading and viewing material about the technology. You have to wonder if Wolfram|Alpha is working on something similar utilizing their database? From New Scientist: Called Swipe – loosely short for “searching Wikipedia […]

ISO Formally Publishes International Identifier Code that Uniquely Identifies Public Parties

From an ISNI Announcement: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has now officially published the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) – a 16-digit code that uniquely identifies public identities of parties – as the ISO 27729:2012 Standard. Created by a global collective of organizations that serve parties across multiple fields of creative activities ranging from […]

New Tech Report: "How Web 1.0 Fails: The Mismatch Between Hyperlinks and Clickstreams"

Title How Web 1.0 Fails: The Mismatch Between Hyperlinks and Clickstreams Authors Lingfei Wu City University of Hong Kong Robert Ackland The Australian National University Source arXiv Abstract The core of the Web is a hyperlink navigation system collaboratively set up by web- masters to help users find desired websites. But does this system really […]

New Issue Alert: IFLA Journal (37.4) Now Available Online, Free

Direct to Full Text (82 pages; PDF) Articles Include: + ‘‘As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it’’ + 65+: Engaging underserved patrons – a success story! + Key skills and competencies of a new generation of LIS professionals + Finding film resources: Challenges of formats, policies and […]