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We (OK, Rebecca mainly) muse on our favourite online tools, knowledge management practices and where we want to take our technology. 

Google: Not a Library

Written by Rebecca Gebhardt Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Most of you will have seen the Chicago Tribune article that has been making the rounds: Google can't compete with a skilled librarian steeped in information technology.

Assuming you have already read and discussed the piece, I will not re-iterate the thesis here except to quote the person being interviewed as to his general views on librarianship:

"I think of my job as very much going to the root of librarianship, which is facilitating learning," said Jacobsen, 38, who earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2008. "We are facilitating learning and creating community. The main difference is that I (and my library) are moving well beyond just books, as are many other libraries."

Search old New York Times editions

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Described as 129 years of New York Times journalism, as it originally appeared, the Times Machine shows you all past editions of the newspaper. You can browse old editions but also search - full text, apparently - across all past editions. 

See, for example, a 1931 comparison of European vs American college libraries (my "Vassar College" search brought this up). 

ILTA 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014

ILTA 2014

Early next week I will be stopping in Nashville for the ILTA2014 conference. Various travel commitments mean I will not be there for the whole conference, but there are several sessions I hope to attend. 

Unsurprisingly, high on my list is "Content-ment: One Step Beyond Content Aggregation". Jean O'Grady, Meredith Mulligan and Adam Severson will talk about the tools and strategies they use to deliver targeted current awareness content to their internal users. 

Contact us now for a live demonstration.