Amid all the noise and fury over Google's (s goog) policy of requiring real names (or at least real-sounding names) on its new Google+ network -- a policy that Facebook also has, and one we have been critical of in the past -- it's easy to forget that there's a pretty large web service that doesn't much care what your real name is.
When I tell people I’m in graduate school studying to be a librarian, I receive the response, “You need a Master’s degree for that?” I find myself struggling to defend it. Librarians do more than what the average person realizes, but how much of that is really gained through the MLS? I usually wind up confessing it is like a stamp to gain entry a nightclub.
A comparison between discovery services, such as Summon, and Google:
… similarities include the holy grail of “the one search box” that searches “everything” (or close enough) and heavy focus on relevancy ranking to surface desired results.
As a sidenote, relevancy ranking isn’t really new to library catalogues by now (for example our “next generation catalogue” Encore, has relevancy ranking and ……
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As Twitchy reported earlier, while most of us were still trying to recover from the shock over news that multiple explosions had ripped through the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a few were busy setting up fake Twitter accounts promising donations to victims in exchange for retweets. Now that we've heard the tragic news that an 8-year-old was killed in the blast, people are being asked to retweet photos of the "victim."
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Hackers Point Large Botnet At WordPress Sites To Steal Admin Passwords And Gain Server Access
If you’re running a WordPress site, now would be a good time to ensure you are using very strong passwords and to make sure your username is not “admin.” According to reports from HostGator and CloudFlare, there is currently a significant attack being launched at WordPress blogs across the Internet.
Even the NY Times is now rejecting Monsanto GMO science
by Jon Rappoport
April 9, 2013
This isn't a leak. It isn't a timid flow. It's a flood.
I'm talking about about the criticism of Monsanto's so-called science of genetically-engineered food.
For the past 20 years, independent researchers have been attacking Monsanto science in various ways, and finally the NY Times has joined the crowd.
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The problem with the OPAC is not the bibliographic metadata. In this digital information environment, good cataloging is more important than ever, authority work in particular. It is the software that we are using that is the problem. Library software for search and display is light years behind the rest of the world.
In general, librarians understand metadata. It is the rare librarian who understands software, and its potential.
One of my favorite Twitter librarians, Aaron Tay from the National University of Singapore (@aarontay), pointed me in the direction of this article….
“…Disentangling bibliographic data from UI engineering is one of the greatest promises of the linked-data movement for libraries. The sooner that concept gets across… well, the better discussions we’ll have about rda, bibframe, and linked data.” … Read More
The “Library Loon” takes the discussion of software further – from search to the user interface. Nothing loony about that!
One of the blogs I follow is Seth Godin's blog. Only some of his posts generally interest to me, but a recent post resonated with me and forced me to re-evaluate some of my past career experiences. He explains why "True Professionals Don't Fear Amateurs". The key takeaway quote, for me, is this one: "The best professionals love it when a passionate amateur shows up.
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6)
Most people read this statement and think Jesus said he was the way to heaven, but that's not what he said.