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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
  CIL2006: Notes from Wednesday Morning
Wikis in action @ Binghamton University Libraries
Bordeaux, Rushton, Strong
(soon available on their university library web site and the CIL website)

Intranet wiki for staff (100+)
Remotely hosted wikis since 2005 – committee reports, projects, comments on strategic plan, not comprehensive
Existing intranet site, with one person doing all the posting
Need
Implementation task force
Now/future work
Use
Help Files
Training, sandbox, hands-on
Concerns


20-30 of MaryEllen Bates’ Tips
See the proceedings for more

“more like this”-type feature from Yahoo does NLP on a page you like to extract keywords and find more results like the given page.

Kebberfegg from Tara Calashain
Categorized web feeds

University/IPL pathfinders

Yahoo search subscriptions (pages that have pay per view but free search – like FT, Forrester, WSJ, Factiva) search.yahoo.com/subscriptions nb: may be limited, you may

AccessMyLibrary.com pre-search InfoTrac (from Thompson Gale), points you to your local library

A9, Gigablast (see custom topic search – I did this for mid-atlantic public library web pages)

New applications of Google Maps (like Craig’s list apartments and DC traffic)

Amazon.com – statistically improbable phrases from search inside the book (find search terms for other databases), text stats (words per ounce, words per dollar, complexity), capitalized phrases

Widgets from Yahoo

Keeping One Click Ahead
Gary Price, Keeping Current
http://www.resourceshelf.com/currentcil06.html

Keeping ourselves current in our profession vs. keeping our customers current
No silver bullet – toolkit or buffet of tools
Set time limits
Remember e-mail! Our customers still use it, not so much RSS (see Yahoo IPSOS study or Pew study)
From Lee Rainie at Pew: “I think your take on it [the survey] is perfect. It’s useful to remember every once in awhile that lots of people don’t obsessively focus on the things that fire the imagination of bleeding edgers.”

Monitor the source.
Newer one: Trackle.
Websitewatcher: this is how he tracks patents from uspto
Kebberfegg – to do keyword rss feeds across various sites

Job searches - Indeed.com, free alerts
Iwsdocumentednewsdaily.blogspot.com – reports on employment issues (?) from Cornell librarian

Web collection dev tools (update feeds, e-mails): RDN (to change names), LII

Vazu.com – send text via sms free (downloadable client)

Media
TVeyes freebie via Yahoo Videos
Blinkx
SearchforVideo.com – metasearch, podcast video

Rita Vine


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