Sunday, October 30, 2005

Searching for Library Books with RedLightGreen RedLightGreen is an easy-to-use search service designed to help you find and access ibrary books, developed by RLG, a library organization based in California. This database is what librarians call a "union catalog" and contains bibliographic information for more than 120 million books. SearchEngineWatch

MSN Jumps on Book Search Wagon MSN will work directly with copyright owners to get permission to scan their works for indexing. It also joined the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and will work with the organization on its efforts to scan and digitize books in the public domain. NewsLinx

Google Web page fuels speculation On Wednesday, a screen shot of a Google beta, or test, service called Google Base began circulating via blogs and news stories. There aren't many details on the page, which has since been removed but is still available in screen shot form on various Web sites. The page encourages visitors to post items on Google Base, defined by the company as a database where Google offers to host all types of content, making the content searchable online. NewsLinx

Open Library The Open Library website was created by the Internet Archive to demonstrate a way that books can be represented online.

The vision is to create free web access to important book collections from around the world.

Books are scanned and then offered in an easy-to-use interface for free reading online. If they're in the public domain, the books can be downloaded, shared and printed for free. They can also be printed for a nominal fee by a third party, who will bind and mail the book to you. The books are always FREE to read at the Open Library website. Resource Shelf

Open Content Alliance Collaborative efforts of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that will help build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia content. NewsLinx

Time's Best Novels Since 1923 "We all love lists, but even I was surprised by how popular our TIME 100 list of the world's greatest movies turned out to be when it premiered on in May... This week we introduce our TIME 100 list of the best novels on and I expect the debates will be just as lively."

The Gordian Knot A collaborative weblog for all Sirsi & Dynix customers. LISNews

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Healthline " Five years in development, and created in collaboration with 1,100 physician specialists, the company's patented HealthMap search platform is powered by an unparalleled medical taxonomy that encompasses nearly one million medical terms and synonyms. Using state-of-the art medical informatics, these terms are matched and compared to the diverse ways in which they are used within the context of human medical conditions to provide much more relevant and precise results than broad, horizontal search engines." SearchEngineWatch

United States Bankruptcy Courts Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases. Bankruptcy cases cannot be filed in state court. Each of the 94 federal judicial districts handles bankruptcy matters.

The primary purposes of the law of bankruptcy are:

1. To give an honest debtor a "fresh start" in life by relieving the debtor of most debts, and
2. To repay creditors in an orderly manner to the extent that the debtor has property available for payment.

The Virtual Chase

Census Bureau Releases First-Ever Data First-ever U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the daytime population for all counties and more than 6,400 places across the country, based on Census 2000 data. ResourceShelf

Maps.Huge.Info Mapping Programs All these maps work essentially the same. Either click on a point inside the US or key a zip code and the program will draw the border for the region in question. ResearchBuzz

Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems Encouraging signs from the Wikipedia project, where co-founder and ├╝berpedian Jimmy Wales has acknowledged there are real quality problems with the online work. NewsLinx

Publishers throw book at Google Five major publishers filed suit against Google Inc. in Manhattan's federal court on Wednesday seeking to block plans to scan copyrighted works without permission. NewsLinx

Google Maps Mania An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, ideas and tools being influenced by Google Maps. NewsLinx

Seek and Ye Shall Find: Top 20 Search Engine Helpers "Unless otherwise noted, these search helpers will work with the four search engines I focus on in this article." LISNews

Libraries Introducing Public to New Technology, Says Report A recent study has been released by Research and Markets on library best practices. The report is based on interviews with information technology directors and other critical staff involved in IT decision-making from the Princeton Public Library, Minneapolis Public Library, Evansville Public Library, Santa Monica Public Library, Boston Public Library,
Columbus Metropolitan Public Library
, San Francisco Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and the Denver Public Library. LISNews

Monday, October 17, 2005

Google Librarian Center Librarians and Google share a mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. We support librarians like yourself who work each day to further that mission. This page is a first step toward improving and expanding that support. Virtual Chase

Stay Current With New Free Full Text Books With RSS Feed from the Online Books Page "No doubt that one of the hottest topics these days are full text books online. I'm not talking about the Google Print or Search Inside The book material from type of content but the myriad of content out there FOR free (often, but not always, public domain stuff) that can be both interesting reading and useful research content. One source I've mentioned time after time on the SEW Blog, SearchDay, and ResourceShelf (it's that deserving) is the Online Books Page (directory really) from John Mark Ockerbloom at the University of Pennsylviania and has been online since 1993. This well organized collection is updated almost daily with newly digitized books. It collects materials from disparate sources.

I'm mentioning the OBP once again because its "What's New" list (material that's just been added to the directory) now offers an RSS feed. It's absolutely amazing just how much material gets added to the collection on an almost daily basis. This is one feed many of you will want to add." SearchEngineWatch

Wiki WorldCat (WikiD) Pilot Beginning in September, Open WorldCat users will be able to add content to WorldCat records using wikis. The pilot will give users the ability to add comments, see comments by others and add or edit other information they know about the record.

HomePages At HomePages our goal is to give you a complete picture of where you want to live, so you can make the best decision about buying or selling a home. HomePages combines aerial neighborhood views with local home listings and area information such as school locations and test scores, shops and restaurants, crime data, recently-sold-home information, weather, and much more. Columbus Dispatch

Monday, October 10, 2005

Ohio Web Library The Ohio Web Library is an evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources. The Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers from Ohio and the nation, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more. Ohio Library Council

Rollyo Are you tired of wading though thousands of irrelevant search results to get to the information you want? Ever wish you could narrow your search to sites you already know and trust? With Rollyo, you can easily create your own custom search engines.

Google Reader Reader makes it easier to keep up with your ever-expanding reading list of content from across the web. Get started by adding your favorite news sources and websites to your reading list. Blogdex

Kebberfegg A tool to help you generate large sets of keyword-based RSS feeds at one time. ResearchBuzz

Wikibooks A collection of open-content textbooks that anyone can edit. ResearchBuzz

Sunday, October 02, 2005

You Still Google? That is So Last Week "But the backbone of Google's search-results sorting is still Page Rank, and, frankly, it's not keeping up with the content available on the Web." LISNews

The butler didn't do it for Ask Jeeves The search engine Ask Jeeves Inc.'s dapper, grinning butler will soon be out of a job. ResearchBuzz

Community Internet Hundreds of Community Internet and municipal broadband projects have sprouted up across the country.

Used Books Are $2 Billion Industry According to the Book Industry Study Group, used book sales topped $2.2 billion in 2004, an 11 percent increase over 2003. Much of that growth can be credited to the Internet. While used sales at traditional stores rose a modest 4.6 percent, they jumped 33 percent online, to just over $600 million. ResourceShelf