Saturday, October 23, 2004

Google's New PC Search Tool Poses Risks People who use public or workplace computers for e-mail, instant messaging and Web searching have a new privacy risk to worry about: Google's free new tool that indexes a PC's contents for quickly locating data. If it's installed on computers at libraries and Internet cafes, users could unwittingly allow people who follow them on the PCs, for example, to see sensitive information in e-mails they've exchanged. Phil Bradley's Blog
jux2 How different are the search engines, and is one any better than the others? We created jux2 as a comparative research tool to answer these questions. Phil Bradley's Blog

What is an Internet cookie? Cookies have, for some reason, gained a rather sinister image. But they really are simple and harmless. El Dorado County Library What's Hot on the Internet This Week
NetLibrary teams with Recorded Books to launch Web-based audio book program for Libraries Library users will be able to search for, preview, checkout and listen to audio books via the Internet and the familiar NetLibrary platform, and can focus their search on audio titles only, or take advantage of search functionality that integrates audio titles with all electronic content their library may have in their NetLibrary collection. ResourceShelf
Get Ready for the New ISBN! The new 13-digit ISBN has been approved and plans are underway to transition to the new number industry-wide, world-wide by January 1, 2007. ResourceShelf
Printers betray document secrets US scientists have discovered that every desktop printer has a signature style that it invisibly leaves on all the documents it produces. NewsLinx
Wi-Fi Successor Called High-Speed Hype, for Now At virtually every turn, Intel Corp. executives are heaping praise on an emerging long-range wireless technology known as WiMAX, which can blanket entire cities with high-speed Internet access. NewsLinx

Monday, October 18, 2004

Google Desktop Search your own computer. blogdex
All of OCLC’s WorldCat Heading Toward the Open Web Currently, the Open WorldCat subset database contains about 2 million records, all items held by 100 or more academic, public, or school libraries—some 12,000 libraries all told. The new upgraded Open WorldCat program will automatically include all of the 15,000-plus OCLC libraries that contribute ownership information (holdings) to WorldCat, unless the library asks to have its holdings excluded. ResourceShelf
The Virtual Learning Resources Center There are many quality sites on the Web that provide actual information or links to information covering a variety of subjects. Why not select the best of these and combine them into a single search engine, thereby assuring that the student will find only authorative "hits" as a result of her or his search? Zillman.blogspot.com
Book reviewer calls librarianship "obsolete" Mr. Genzlinger begins his review with the following comment: "Poor librarians. Soon, no doubt, to go the way of blacksmiths and town criers, their chosen field made obsolete by Internet search engines and self-perpetuating electronic databases." He concludes, "What a pity that soon the only place to find one will be at the Living History Museum, alongside the mule skinner and the wheelwright." LISNews
Disease Cards This card set has photos and information about some of the infectious diseases that CDC studies. Metro Desk
Yahoo! Search Clutter-free SearchEngineWatch
"Top Ten" Most Useful Websites for Health Consumers The Medical Library Association finds the following web sites particularly useful (sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order) Peter Scott's Library Blog

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Google Print Expands Access to Books with Digitization Offer to All Publishers "Instead of limiting the program to digitally formatted extracts and descriptive material contributed by selected publishers, the expanded Google Print program now offers to digitize any and all books contributed by any and all book publishers." Information Today

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Americans misjudge online risks US computers users know more about Janet Jackson's breasts than about security software on their own PC. The Virtual Chase
Snap Sorts, filters, and presents results in unique ways, so you get to the results you need — faster. The Virtual Chase
TechTutorials Free technical reference and training materials for IT professionals as well as beginners and hobbyists. Zillman.Blogspot.com
Cash-strapped library to sell 4 Rockwells LITHOPOLIS, Ohio -- Four original Norman Rockwell paintings will be sold to raise money for an Ohio library whose finances have plummeted so abruptly that the Ohio attorney general is investigating the case. The foundation that operates the Wagnalls Memorial Library authorized the sale of the paintings to raise money after the library's savings diminished from $10 million in 1998 to $3 million this year. Questions have arisen about what happened to the money. ResourceShelf

Investor's Information Gateway Country Link Database 20,000 documents and other sources of economic, business, political and social data for all of the countries and areas in which OPIC can currently do business. ResourceShelf
zipdecode "This project began a very short sketch (a few hours) that I created because I was curious about how the numbering works for zip codes in the states." Librarians' Index to the Internet

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Google Personalized To view personalized results, first create a profile of your interests. Phil Bradley's Blog
What's wrong with virtual reference? "What's wrong with virtual reference?" By "what's wrong", I mean "why don't more people use virtual reference?" WEB4LIB
Opera Show Generator Create Opera Show presentations within minutes! ResourceShelf
Google is begging for an upgrade "Our Askquestions.org reporters are currently researching an article about residential treatment programs for troubled teenagers. As a result, I know that there are many excellent information sources available. Plenty of academics, nonprofits, advocacy groups, magazine writers, and public agencies provide noncommercial information about treatment options that work, how to find them, and what to avoid. But when I plugged the phrase "troubled teen" into Google, the results were astonishingly commercial." SiteLines
Information overload, retrieval strategies and Internet user empowerment Initial user benefits from search engine technology have been critically degraded over time by the rapid increase of Internet pages. SiteLines
2004 Election Guide From The Onion. Neat New Things I Found on the Internet This Week
Clusty Search or database query results into meaningful hierarchical folders completely on-the-fly, out-of-the-box. ResearchBuzz
Homes for Sale by the U. S. Government The HomeSales.gov web site provides current information about single family homes for sale by the U.S. Federal Government. Columbus Dispatch