Source: This article was Published theverge.com By Dami Lee - Contributed by Member: Olivia Russell

There’s no mention of ‘fake news,’ though

There are more young people online than ever in our current age of misinformation, and Facebook is developing resources to help youths better navigate the internet in a positive, responsible way. Facebook has launched a Digital Literacy Library in partnership with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The interactive lessons and videos can be downloaded for free, and they’re meant to be used in the classroom, in after-school programs, or at home.

Created from more than 10 years of academic research and “built in consultation with teens,” the curriculum is divided into five themes: Privacy and Reputation, Identity Exploration, Positive Behavior, Security, and Community Engagement. There are 18 lessons in total, available in English; there are plans to add 45 more languages. Lessons can be divided into three different age groups between 11 and 18, and they cover everything from having healthy relationships online (group activities include discussing scenarios like “over-texting”) to recognizing phishing scams.

The Digital Literacy Library is part of Facebook’s Safety Center as well as a larger effort to provide digital literacy skills to nonprofits, small businesses, and community colleges. Though it feels like a step in the right direction, curiously missing from the lesson plans are any mentions of “fake news.” Facebook has worked on a news literacy campaign with the aim of reducing the spread of false news before. But given the company’s recent announcements admitting to the discovery of “inauthentic” social media campaigns ahead of the midterm elections, it’s strange that the literacy library doesn’t call attention to spotting potential problems on its own platform.

Categorized in Internet Privacy

The library has a new online search tool called WorldShare Management platform that is the “Google” of academic search engines, library Director Johnathan Wilson said in an interview. 

Students can get a lot of information through search engines such as Bing, Google, and Discovery. But Worldshare Management platform provides higher quality searches for research papers and writing assignments, he said Nov. 8.  

Before the platform’s implementation in June, students conducting research projects used multiple, independent databases to search for information, Wilson said.

This process took more time, and students could miss information by not searching each database. The system produced limited information because it only searched through this college’s library’s content, he said.   


Wilson said the WorldShare Management platform is fast and dynamic.

He said the system is owned by Online Computer Library Center, a company that is the biggest name in the library world and manages the Library of Congress and other giant collections, he said.

The system provides students with a diverse collection of materials by accessing shared resources from libraries managed by the online computer library center. This allows the system to integrate with inter-loan library systems to make a resource available that otherwise would not be at this college’s library.

Students can call the library staff to have the resource delivered to this library, Wilson said.   

He said students receive search results from a discovery tool that isn’t a limited catalog structure like the previous system. Students receive diverse results from printed books, e-books, journal articles, images, repository search items and other resources. He estimates the total number of resources available as in the “hundreds of thousands.”

“I encourage students doing a research project to try the new library system,” Wilson said. “This tool will allow them to find things they wouldn’t find in the normal route of doing research.”  

     He said students can access WorldShare Management platform by going to the library homepage on the college website and selecting “library discovery your all-in-one-search.”

Technology services Librarian Lee LeBlanc said the five Alamo Colleges libraries are using the same research platform and using their own budgets to pay for the new platform.

The implementation cost for the new library services platform was $131,891.00 for all five Alamo college libraries, LeBlanc said.

The five Alamo Colleges libraries will pay a total of $138,425 to maintain the system during the 2017-18 academic year, he said.

 The library staff has received positive feedback for the convenience that the all-in-one search engine provides, Wilson said.   

     Students can get assistance using the new platform by asking any member of the library staff or by calling 210-486-1084.

Source: This article was published theranger.org By Tania Flores

Categorized in Online Research

Students, teachers and the public turn to their librarians for help researching everything from technology to genealogy to homework help and lesson plans. Even if your library is equipped with subscriptions and memberships to top of the line databases and online journals, you’ve probably had to get creative during a patron’s requested search for something unfamiliar. Next time, though, you can turn to one of these 50 search engines, designed to pull from the Web only the information you really need.

Meta Search and Multi Search Engines

These meta search and multi search engines can search numerous engines and sites at once, maximizing the number of results you get each time you conduct a search.


  1. Ms. Freckles: Adorable Ms. Freckles can search online for different file types, definitions, translations, film, finance sites, and a lot more all at once.
  2. Kart00: This cartoon-inspired search engine lets you hover over results to get a preview of the site before you open it. Results are also organized by topic so that you can narrow down your search and organize hits.
  3. Fazzle: Search the web’s best, the entire web, downloads, images, videos, audio or headline news. You can also select an advanced search to find incredibly specific results.
  4. Trexy: This site saves your search memory so that you don’t have search multiple times on different engines.
  5. Mamma: Here at “the mother of all search engines,” librarians search the web or video. Next to your results is an option to refine your search by choosing a suggested category.
  6. 1-Page Multi Search: Type your search into one or several of the following search engines at once: Alta Vista, AOL, EntireWeb, Gigablast, Hot Bot, Lycos, Scrub, Yahoo!, Google, YouTube, Dogpile, Ask Jeeves, and a lot more.
  7. iZito: Busy librarians who are constantly finding new reference sites and search engines will like iZito because of its ability to save your history in an easy drop down tab.

Multimedia and Interactive

For help finding pictures, podcasts, music and shareware, use these search engines.


  1. Metacafe: Find videos on this site if you want a change from YouTube.
  2. Google Play Music: Patrons looking for music can use this search engine, which “lets you listen to any song or band.” You can also search the featured list or top played list.
  3. Picsearch: This large photo search engine has more than 2 billion images in its directory.
  4. Get a Podcast: Search for podcasts all around the web in this directory.
  5. Shareware: If you need to install new software programs on your library computers, turn to Shareware first, which pulls up tons of free programs and downloads.
  6. Public Radio Fan: Find information for thousands of public radio stations on this site. You can find the times of different broadcasts, station names, podcasts and more.

Google Search Engines

A Google search doesn’t just mean typing in a keyword on the homepage and seeing what pops up. Try out these niche search engines sponsored by Google to find books, images and more information that librarians will find useful.

  1. Google Image Search: Ask Google to bring up the most popular images on the web with this engine.
  2. Google Scholar: Get connected to scholarly journals and publications here.
  3. Google Books: Search online copies of books on this search engine, which features categories like literature and science fiction to biology and linguistics to highly cited to categories organized by subject and keyword.
  4. Alerts: Set up Google Alerts for any subject so that you’ll get results sent to your inbox every time there’s a new site, blog or keyword mention on the web.

Great Niche Sites for Librarians

From family friendly and kid-safe searches to science and medical search engines, these niche sites can help you with very specific research projects.


  1. Scirus: Pull up science-related results on this research-oriented search engine. You can find “not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.”
  2. Librarians’ Internet Index: Here you’ll be connected to quality, authoritative sites. Search by keyword or narrow down your search by browsing categories like business, government, media, health, computers, or the arts and humanities.
  3. Family Friendly Search: Librarians at elementary and middle schools, as well as public librarians, may be interested in directing patrons to this site, which is safe for kids.
  4. Intute: This British search engine lets you pick search options in the following categories for a specialized search: science and technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and the health and life sciences.
  5. PubMed: PubMed is one of the premier search engines for medical students and researchers. You can find journal articles, citations, clinical information and more.
  6. Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research: On the GSU College of Law site, librarians and patrons can take advantage of this meta-index which brings up judicial opinions, legislation and more.
  7. Internship Programs: College librarians may want to direct students to this search engine, which connects searchers to internship opportunities.
  8. Congoo: For current events and news searches, use Congoo to connect you to the latest in technology, industry, business, world news, finance, politics, Internet trends and more.
  9. CataLaw: CataLaw is another law search engine that organizes “all indexes of law and government into a uniform, universal and unique metaindex.”
  10. USGenWeb Archives: Help your patrons with genealogy searches with this engine.

Custom Searches

Tailor your search to your daily needs with these search engines, which can be modified by remembering search history, customizing templates and more.


  1. mozbot: Pick a language and customize your search with this engine. Mozbot can also add results to your favorites, send results by e-mail, display thumbnails of different sites, and provide suggestions for similar sites.
  2. Curriculum Search: Help teachers find reference materials, lesson plans and tools by searching this Google custom search engine.
  3. Computer Science Research: Use this search engine or adapt it to make your own to find computer science materials and references.
  4. Rollyo: Choose to search categories like health, travel, tech, reference and others using Rollyo, a system that “create[s] search engines using the sources you trust.”
  5. Ujiko: This sleekly designed search engine lets you choose how you want your results displayed and organized.

Reference Searches

The following list of search engines prove useful to all kinds of librarians in search of dictionaries and other reference materials.

  1. JustCite: JustCite is a legal search engine and can help you find citations.
  2. Online Journals Search Engine: Search scientific databases and journals here.
  3. Powerset: For a basic Q&A session, use Powerset to quickly search Wikipedia entries.
  4. Infoplease: Get information on any subject, from history and government to arts and entertainment to world news to biographical information to homework help.
  5. Guide Star: This search tool is great for public librarians or librarians who work with teachers wanting information on grants and nonprofits. Type in the name of an organization or keyword to find nonprofit group information.
  6. JoeAnt: You can get answers to research queries on any subject at JoeAnt, from computers to science to politics to the humanities to business law.
  7. Find Tutorials: Find tutorials for practically everything on this search site, from education to culture to spirituality, to finance to the Internet.
  8. RefDesk: RefDesk is known as the “fact checker for the Internet.” You can search MSN, Google, Yahoo! or Wikipedia, as well as various dictionaries and periodicals.
  9. OneLook Dictionary Search: Get detailed definitions, translations and more on this search engine, which pulls from over 1,000 different dictionaries.
  10. The Dictionary of Free Online Books and Shopping: Look up and access books online for free using this search engine, which includes educational books, history books, children’s books, biographies, political books and a lot more.
  11. Thinkers: Wisdom: This site features a literary search engine called Wisdom that can search the web, images, audio, video, a dictionary and more.
  12. Information.com: Use the web search or search encyclopedias, blogs, articles and online groups to get creative with your reference search.

Library Search Engines

Check out these search engines that are designed to emulate or are sponsored by libraries and librarians.


  1. Internet Public Library: Find references, search the collections by subject, check out the reading room or KidSpace when you visit this online public library.
  2. The Open Library: Here, librarians discover “one web page for every book.” This open source project also features an advanced search, connecting you to the exact book and full-text publication you’re looking for.
  3. Awesome Library: Find full-text books, journals, kid-safe sites, business information and more on this online library search engine.
  4. LibDex: Search the indexes and other information for 18,000 different libraries here.
  5. WorldCat: WorldCat helps patrons and librarians “find items in libraries near you.” Search for books, DVDs, CDs and articles.

Source : http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/50-awesome-search-engines-every-librarian-should-know-about

Categorized in Search Engine

Search more, faster. That’s what the new Primo search engine, launching on Dec. 23 at Morgan Library, will allow users to do.

Primo allows users to search more at once by accessing the library’s catalog, databases and collections all in one place. Primo searches the full text of articles and databases to pull up relevant materials, and is not restricted to just a keyword or title.

Discovery on-the-go means Primo is accessible from any device – iPhone, Android, tablet and more – so users will have a fresh and intuitive web experience when searching content.

Access to the user’s CSU Libraries account is part of Primo, which will help users request items, while streamlining off-campus access to the search. Primo allows users to login and gain access to most electronic resources from off campus without using the VPN/secure.colostate.edu.


Relevancy ranking in Primo uses algorithms to deliver content that is relevant to the search context and user’s profile. Serendipitous discovery allows one to learn and explore content thorough automatic recommendations and virtual browsing.

Maximizing the impact of Morgan Library

In a time where content creation is flourishing and access to information is almost instantaneous through the Internet, Primo helps promote the visibility of library services.

Support for academic research is provided through the Primo Central Index where hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources are aggregated. Analytics and reporting provide the user with insights into their searches; promotion of local content enables the library to feature collections; and brand visibility tailors Primo’s look and feel to create a discovery environment unique to Morgan Library.

Nearly 2,100 global institutions use Primo to encourage library discovery and enhance the search experience. This launch will provide greater institutional value and support for CSU students, faculty, and staff.

For more information and to start using Primo, go to the CSU Libraries website.

Author : Christina Vessa

Source : http://source.colostate.edu/library-launches-primo-fast-personalized-search-engine/

Categorized in Search Engine

Author Neil Gaiman wrote, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

This, in a nutshell, is why libraries remain necessary in the Internet Age. It's easy enough to run an online search, but narrowing down the results to something useful takes skill.

Libraries have at their disposal resources that are both credible and reliable, as well as resources that cannot be accessed via a search engine like Google. Internet search engines are wonderful tools, but can only take a person so far. Libraries are there to help people go the rest of the way.

Let's say you recently heard about a book called “Rutabaga” and you want to learn more about it. Searching the title alone on a search engine will give you nine pages of links about the vegetable and how to cook it before there is a single mention of the book you want to read.

If you run the same search on the library website, “Rutabaga: The Adventure Chef” by Eric Colossal is the second hit. It is essential to use the right tool to find the right book.

While the Internet is a repository of helpful information, it can be difficult to weed out the unreliable information from the credible resources. Visit any article on Wikipedia and look at its edit history. You will see how frequently editors have updated the article, correcting errors and reverting possible vandalism. Clearly, no article on Wikipedia is completely reliable, and this is true for the whole of the Internet.


Anyone can post anything online without any editorial or review process. This is not true of the articles located in library databases such as MEDLINE or ERIC, which require a process of scholarly review before publication.

Libraries provide free access to databases that would require a paid subscription otherwise. For instance, MEDLINE is a database of medical and biological sciences journals that is not available to the general public. Similarly, Zinio is a resource for popular magazines that can only be accessed with a valid library card. These journals and magazines are not searchable via Google, but they are easy to search at your local library.

Libraries help people find the answers they need using skilled search methods, reliable resources and databases that are not widely available.

The next time you need help on a research project, call your local library or drop by. We can help you find the answers you seek.

Source:  commercial-news.com

Categorized in News & Politics


The local library is a great place to fill your summer reading list for free. But it also remains a vital source for research. And in an era of online searches, librarians at the New York Public Library are still the most- trusted source.

They have been called the "Human Google," said CBSN's Elaine Quijano. And though they may not be as fast as your favorite Internet search engine, they're as reliable as ever.

The Fifth Avenue branch of the New York Public Library attracts about 2.5 million visitors each year.

Many pose with the lions named Patience and Fortitude ... snap pictures in the grand entry hall ... and pass through the reading rooms without cracking a book.

But the tables are full here. "Shushing" happens as much as you may remember. And the phones keep ringing for researchers.

"One of the number one comments that we get from callers is, 'Thank God I've reached a human being," said Rosa Li, who manages the library's "Ask Desk." "Even on chat sometimes people will say, 'Is this a robot or a person?' We have to laugh and say, 'I'm a real person.'"

The Ask Desk receives about 300 inquiries a day -- via telephone, email, chat or text message. "Facebook, Twitter, and even snail mail queries from New Yorkers and even people from around the world," Li said.

Researchers here can access materials not available to the general public, but Google -- and even Wikipedia -- are not off-limits.

"We love the fact that more and more things are online," Li said. "The computer is a tool for us, so the faster we can find an answer for somebody, the better."

While the average Google search takes 0.2 seconds, this human search engine is a bit slower. Five minutes per call is typical.


Quijano asked, "Is there such a thing as a typical question?"

"Uhm, no, not when you work in reference."

Here are some recent questions they've received:

"I need to know the exterior dimensions of Radio City Music Hall."
"I am looking for a New York City law that prohibits solicitation by monkeys."
"I'm looking for information on the history of black lipstick."
"Are the lions Patience and Fortitude in front of the Library life-size or larger-than-life?"

Researcher Bernard van Maarseveen keeps a file card archive on hand for the queries best defined as random.

Such as the definition of Lobro: "Well, I guess this is a city nickname, a neighborhood nickname, that didn't quite pan out ... Lobro borders NoHo, SoHo and Little Italy." Yet, unlike those well-known neighborhoods, "it didn't quite catch on."

Quijano asked, "What is the most interesting that you've ever received?"

"Well, it's usually the last one that I've gotten," van Maarseveen replied. "There is one that I've been working on about Manhattan. There is this one caller who found that their street -- East 84th Street -- is wider than the ordinary street. I didn't quite believe them at first, so I actually went up to their block and I measured it out. And it's true. It's about seven feet wider than the standard block!"

"Wow! So Bernard, you are awfully dedicated."

"You know, I'm glad that I'm able to do this job," he said. "Don't tell the management, but it's kind of like I'm always amazed that I get paid to do this work!"

Surprising as it may sound, that sentiment is shared on this floor, where people proudly answer whatever's on your mind.

Quijano asked Li, "What is it that you are able to discern after you've answered a question?"

"Gratitude," she replied. "Also, that moment -- that 'A-ha!,' that 'A-ha!' moment is great to listen to. Hearing that joy in their voice. It's almost like a little checkmark goes off and it's like, OK, I've managed to accomplish that!"

Souce : http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-human-google-at-the-new-york-public-library/


Categorized in Search Engine

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