Archive for July, 2005
The July/August 2005 Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large is now available in PDF.
- Perspective: Predicting the Future of Academic Libraries
- Interesting & Peculiar Products
From Search Engine Watch:
An article with interesting information about how Americans search the Internet. Some interesting tidbits from the article:
“Most people (88%) said they were researching specific topics—specifically, information about hobbies. And women (61%) were more likely to search for health and medical information than men (35%). Surprisingly few people researching specific topics are looking for job or career information (28%).”
“The study also affirmed data from the major measurement services, showing Google as the most popular search engine, followed by Yahoo, MSN, AOL and Ask Jeeves. However, the types of information people looked for with each engine varied.”
From Latitudes, the newsletter of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, a great article on the new and improved Loansome Doc. It is written for libraries that provide Loansome Doc services and want to fine tune their profiles to deal with ineligible people signing up for the service.
From the website:
“patientINFORM is a free online service that provides patients and their caregivers access to some of the most up-to-date, reliable and important research available about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.”
Two new library wikis have been launched in the past few days:
Library Success wiki is a best practices and great ideas resource for librarians. From the wiki intro page:
“If you’ve done something at your library that you consider a success, please write about it in the wiki or provide a link to outside coverage. If you have materials that would be helpful to other librarians, add them to the wiki. And if you know of a librarian or a library that is doing something great, feel free to include information about it or links to it.”
LISwiki is still pretty new but states that it was “established to give the library community a chance to explore the usefulness of Wikis.” Topics have been established in a variety of areas, including federated searching, electronic resources management, and remote access.
The latest issue of First Monday is available. Of note in this issue, “Less is more in Web search interfaces for older adults”
First Monday July 2005
Danny Sullivan writes about the latest web size estimates:
For those interested in designing more usable interfaces for web sites and other resources, “Kevin Carey of HumanITy has boiled down five different sets of guidelines (Nielsen, WAI, etc) into what he considers are the three most basic accessibility guidelines for use by designers in making interactive digital products.”