Adelle Frank Drupal, genealogy, accessibility, and religion archives geek in Atlanta, Georgia


Toward a model of the everyday life information needs of urban teenagers, part 1: Theoretical model

Abstract: After a brief literature review of research on ELIS (everyday life information-seeking) and on adolescent information behavior, Agosto and Hughes-Hassell (2006) present the results of their qualitative research gathered from twenty-seven urban teenagers.

Ixquick [meta-search engine]

Summary: Overall, I find the Ixquick metasearch engine to be a cut above many other metasearch engines for general/topical searches. However, I also evaluate it on 9 criteria and note areas in which it could improve.

Classics of science fiction and fantasy literature [electronic resource]

Summary: I evaluate this resource on 9 criteria, noting pros and cons. For a larger research library, I would recommend getting the unabridged 1996 version because of its significantly greater coverage: 791 vs. 180 articles. Also, because a larger library could likely negotiate a good lease, I'd recommend the electronic version of that 1996 edition through NetLibrary. However, for a smaller library - especially for a school library, this would be an excellent resource at a reasonable price, if they purchased the print version.

The Ongoing Web Revolution

Abstract: The necessary next leap for libraries – which users have already taken with Web 2.0 – is to become both online and social. This article proposes ways in which this Library 2.0 paradigm of community and collaboration has been and can be further implemented.

The Death of Libraries?

Abstract: Given the massive Google digitization project, this article argues that libraries’ futures depend on 2 factors: “the rate at which digitization and display technologies advance, and the evolution of laws and practices regarding copyrights.” Should they advance and evolve quickly, libraries will need to scramble to stay relevant.

Getting To Know the Invisible Web

Abstract: Smith explains why some of the web is invisible to search engines. He offers techniques for searching the invisible web, as well as books and web sites containing additional strategies. Comparing standard print references to invisible web sources, he lists sites that are particularly effective for locating “invisible” information online.

The Infinite Library

Abstract: Despite questions about the limits of access to materials and the future of publishers and libraries, Roush claims that the value libraries can add to our huge digitized world is the same as it’s always been: selecting/filtering, collecting, and cataloging knowledge for people’s use.

The Parallel Information Universe

Abstract: Eisenberg urges librarians to take the responsibility in the parallel information universe of “participation, user control, sharing, openness, and networking” that Web 2.0 has created, just as they have always done in the print information universe. He presents librarian-focused SWOT analyses of three major Web 2.0 technologies – virtual worlds, social networking, and personal digital devices – and then ties them back to the traditional library functions.

Evaluating Information on the Internet

Abstract: Brandt emphasizes the importance of and gives models for evaluating information sources on the internet by adapting traditional evaluative techniques and criteria for an online environment.

Finders keepers

Abstract: Banks lists examples of online databases that are hidden from search engines, but contain useful and often free content (e.g. stock photos, historical data).