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Occupy Libraries of the world, UNITE!

Occupy Consortium

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author:Betsy | Filed under:Uncategorized | Modify:Edit this |1 Comment »

Welcome to the virtual home of the Occupy Library Consortium. It is our intention to create a space for Occupy Libraries to share resources, information and best practices as well as strategize for future collaboration.

Consortium: an agreement, combination or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member.

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Information Retrieval Challenge!

Image Courtesy of LifeHacker

The efficiency-minded side of GAWKER, LifeHacker, recently posted a challenge they found deliciously intellectually-stimulating. Fresh from Daniel Russell’s weekly Search Research column, we are presented with an internet search that tests not only the strengths of our favorite search engine, but of our own inquisitive methodologies when it comes to mining for information online.

Take the challenge here!

Daniel Russell is a scientist at Google, where he studies how we search for things online and what it means about the future of accessibility and our cultural habits. His blog not only provides statistic insight on Google’s performance and sustainability, but could also prove a valuable resource for any Reference Librarian who finds themselves struggling with teaching proper online research skills and/or specific patron information retrieval.