Content, Focus and Quality in the Library Discovery Experience

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DATE: Tuesday, September 7, 2010  | TIME: 2:00&#82113:00 PM ET | REGISTER TODAY

Internet search engines provide access to knowledge and information with speed, convenience, and on a mind-bendingly vast scale. What does this mean for libraries that have seen themselves as a first stop for general reference as well as serious research? What does a library have to offer when the search for entertainment, knowledge, and information almost always begins somewhere else?

National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian, Kee Malesky, will lead a panel of librarians who are demonstrating to their communities of users that the library can provide a context, quality, and audience-focused discovery experience that is beyond what the search engines offer. These three very different institutions from across the country will discuss the strategy, technology, local content, and best practices they are developing to deliver a differentiated user experience.

  • Wyoming State Librarian Lesley Boughton will discuss the current state and future of WYLD, a statewide collaborative effort to provide access to the collections and services of every Wyoming library on the “Electronic Frontier.” In particular, she will discuss the Wyoming Places Project – an innovative interface that pulls together a variety of digital assets to highlight the history of more than 2000 Wyoming places.
  • INFOhio Executive Director Terri Fredericka will discuss how INFOhio uses SchoolRooms, a K-12 multimedia online discovery portal developed in collaboration with SirsiDynix to foster interdisciplinary exploration. SchoolRooms is a collection of browseable and searchable virtual rooms that combine, library catalog resources, and a local video collection with an index of educator-selected, standards-based web content.
  • Kansas City Public Library (MO) has harnessed the powerful combination of public relations, community outreach and social media to place its services, expertise and events front and center with the greater Kansas City metro area. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, KCPL Executive Director for Operations, will share how community awareness was created and maximized by using emerging technologies that are readily available, and the best practices behind those efforts.

From library director to front-liner, from any library type, webcast attendees will benefit from hearing from these leaders how they put theory into practice with innovative projects and processes that allow their communities to appreciate and demand the services that truly differentiate a library’s discovery experience and information sources.

This 60-minute webcast will include an interactive Q&A with the panel, so come prepared for a lively session. Attendees may also download a certificate for continuing education unit credit from the audience console.


Can’t make it on September 7? No problem!
Register now and you will get an email reminder from Library Journal post-live event when the webcastis archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience!

CE Workshop: Web Searching with Rex Krajewski — April 25th


Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education

Web Searching
Saturday, April 25, 2009
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Simmons College, Boston
$220 ($175 for Simmons GSLIS Alumni)
PDPs: 7

This workshop will address in detail the processes of searching the web. We will start with some background information, including a brief analysis of the architecture and technologies of search engines. Next, we will look at the major players, the rising stars, and the hidden gems of the web searching world. This will include detailed investigation of search techniques for each tool. Beyond search engines, we will discuss tools for uncovering the rich content available in the Invisible Web, including portals and directories. We will finish up with a study of the role libraries have played in making the content on the web accessible, particularly through online ready reference collections and virtual libraries.

Faculty: Rex Krajewski, GSLIS Alum, Reference Services Librarian, Simmons College;

For additional information or to register see or contact

Kris Liberman ’87LS
Program Manager
Simmons GSLIS CE
T – 617-521-2803
F – 617-521-3192

Call for Papers (a Special Issue of Webology), Folksonomies, the Web and Search Engines

Webology: Call for Papers (a Special Issue), Folksonomies, the Web and Search Engines

Background and Significance:
Folksonomy is a user-generated system that allows users to tag their favorite web resources with their chosen natural-language words or phrases. These tags can be used to classify web resources and to express users’ preferences. Folksonomy may be generated and shared collaboratively by the creators and consumers of web content.

Contributions to this Special Issue (Volume 5, Number 3) should address Folksonomies, Taxonomies, Knowledge Organizartion, the Web and Search Engines. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

– Folksonomies
– Taxonomies
– Search engines
– Information retrieval
– Social bookmarking
– Social tagging
– Social classification
– Social softwares
– Social networks
– Social indexing
– Collaborative tagging
– Controlled vocabulary
– Knowledge organization
– Knowledge management
– The role of the folksonomy in information retrieval

The topics above are not a comprehensive list of all possible topics for this Special Issue. Submissions to this Special Issue should address the topics above (as well as other related topics).

Submissions should follow the Author Guidelines of Webology avilable at: .
All Submissions will be acknowledged and then refereed by at least 2 reviewers. Authors should indicate that the submission is intended for the Special Issue on Folksonomies, the Web and Search Engines, in the accompanying cover letter.

All submissions must be in English, and should represent the original work of the authors. Improved versions of papers previously published in conference proceedings are welcome, provided that no copyright limitations exist. Submissions must be made electronically via e-mail to the Guest Editor (sending a CC: copy to the Editor-in-Chief). The manuscript should be included as an attachment in MS-Word.

E-mail address for submission: Louise.Spiteri at
Alternative e-mail address for submission: CC: Nouruzi at

Important Dates:
August 15, 2008: Deadline for submission of papers. All submissions are due to the Guest Editor.
September 15, 2008: Notification to authors.
September 30, 2008: Special Issue is published.

Guest Editor of the Special Issue:
Dr. Louise Spiteri
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University

Call for Papers: —

Best regards,
Alireza Noruzi, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Webology
~ The great aim of Open Access journals is knowledge sharing. ~

Deep Indexing – A New Approach to Searching Scholarly Literature


Learn more about the research need for deep indexing, the context it brings to content, and the value it brings to researchers, faculty, students and library staff.

Tuesday, May 20, 2 PM EDT.

Attendees will learn how to dig deeper into periodical content through a new search retrieval capability that identifies results which have not been previously accessible using traditional article-level and full-text searching. The web cast will be of interest to all electronic resources and reference librarians, particularly those working in the sciences, medicine and technology, and all collection management librarians.

For expert information and advice, register today!

Google’s Universal Search for Universities

Universal Search For Business
All business content, one search box

Register Today

Attend the webinar and get:

  • Free whitepaper entitled “The Case for Universal Search”

Attend this webinar and hear:

  • Business uses of search within educational institutions
  • Overview of universal search
  • Customer case studies
  • Live Q&A session answering all your technical questions

You’re invited to a Google webinar

“Google’s Universal Search in Colleges and Universities”

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
1:00PM EST / 10:00AM PST

Leading educational institutions have turned to Google’s universal search solutions as a simple, effective way to allow students and faculty to find information from curriculum requirements to current research.

Universal search enables access to all content in an organization through one search box.

Key benefits of universal search:

  • Enhance student access to information – Enable students to easily access course schedules, curriculum, prerequisites, campus activities, and other information
  • Increase productivity of faculty and staff – Faculty can easily search for research and other documents online, and university staff can share any administrative documents

Register for the Google webinar.

To learn more, view the Universal Search Overview, or contact us.

We hope to see you online.

The Google Enterprise Team