Thursday, December 10, 2009
Book lamp: I would recommend this website for those readers who want to match books through an analysis of writing styles. BookLamp allows you to find books with a similar level of tone, tense, perspective, action, description, and dialog - while at the same time allowing you to specify details like... half the length. It is more for patrons who want similarity in the way the book has been written rather than a wide range of books for the same author.
What should I read next?: Very much similar to bookseer when searching but the result is more dependent on what other readers recommend for you to read next rather than the website filtering books for the same author or similar title, it simply help people to share their favourite items with each other so I recommend this to patrons who want to read the next book based on other readers recommendations.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Booklamp on the other side was far more complicated but good for those who wants to know which book matches the book that they have recently read and it is measured in different ways using their statistics measurements. You are also required to sign up for this website to use it.
I then visited what should I read next website and this was far simpler and easy to follow. Similar idea to bookseer website, it asks you for the title and the author of a book you have recently read but the difference is the result as the website provides you with recommendations by other readers rather than filtering other books for a specific author or books with similar title name.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Below are my findings after converting the file:
Graphics are still in the same place
The image of the bullet has changed to normal bullet
Font style is still the same throughout the document
Font size has decreased in some places by 2pt
Bold and italics are still the same throughout the document
The table lost its black borders but the layout of the table is still the same.
Despite the minor changes that did occur while converting the file, the document is still very much readable and in terms of the layout, it is still the same so definitely recommended to all and a great service to offer in all our libraries.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Since everything these days is done online, including shopping, viewing your bank statement and social networking, it makes sense to have magazines to view easily online and what a great way to search for your favourite magazine on Google and to be able to view it like a magazine and read it easily and what is even better is that on the contents page of a magazine you can actually click on the topic and it will take you straight to the page you would like to read more about. I believe this magazine option is useful for whether you are after a very old edition that you can't find or even a current edition where it is easier to search for and read without having to go anywhere to find it.
So I started off with Google and I searched for the following "tips in the garden", I then viewed my results using show options and looked at videos, news, blogs etc. The search took less than 43 seconds and results were great. I could watch videos for some tips in the garden I can read forums and blogs. In fact the results were relevant to my query.
I then used exactly the same phrase in Yahoo, despite the fact that it was still as quick but the results were nothing like Google. And when I clicked to view videos and images using the links at the top of the screen, it took time to think. I wasn't impressed at all.
Next was bing, used the same phrase and results were good however you can't view videos or forums or blogs easily using a menu but they did have one positive tool and that was related searches on the left hand side. Simple and easy to use search engine but not a lot of search results like Google.
As for Exalead, very similar layout to Yahoo website however the results were more for websites that are selling goods so more for leads rather than knowledge based. They also had an added feature beside each of the search result and that is a small screenshot of the website itself for each search result which is something I am not very familiar with since we use Google all the time and this looks like an added feature to Exalead. The results weren't bad and they did have links to view all images related and videos related separately.
Likes, Google's show options especially wonder wheel and timeline. Bing for being so simple and their related searches feature.
Dislikes, Exalead's search result especially it is more to promote websites that sells rather than tips and knowledge.
As a librarian myself I strongly recommend this service to my patrons who come to the library seeking latest information in one or two subjects and how wonderful it is to have all the updates they need with just setting an alert in Google.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Exercise 1- After creating my account with Access Science I decided to make my search on Global Warming and its effect on Antartica. The results were amazing, alot of articles some with images others with graphic tables, it made it easy for me choose one. I chose "Glacial geology and landforming", I then bookmarked it and saved it to my account. I also scrolled down to view images and added some to my saved images. Steps were very easy to follow and I think many patrons will like it too as it is easier to view information that are saved and handy and also because the search procedure was short and easy.
Exercise 2- My search in the e-resources was about flower arrangement. I did a set up to my search alert and scheduled it to send daily updates to my inbox. Within few minutes I have received confirmation that account is set and ready to deliver alerts to my e-mail address. I can also reset the expirey date if needed. So that was really cool to have an update to a subject you like and continuosly receive up to date info to your e-mail.All went well until I tried to add the URL of the feed to my Bloglines account, where the message popped up saying ' no feeds were found, please verify that the website publishes an RSS feed.' I am pretty sure that the link is correct as I used copy and paste to paste the link. But I kept getting the same error everytime so I was disappointed and couldn't go any further.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
2. Here is my tweet:
Did you know that Glenfield Library is 1 of 6 in the shore that has Wireless Hotspots available 4free! So bring your laptop &start surfing.
I couldn't believe how condensed each recipe was. And the fact that it serves 3-4 with Delicious ideas from all over the world is great.
I see she has used tweet for every single recipe which basically restrict her to 140 characters long. She has 327 recipes and 17,947 followers.
This is clearly been used to share recipes with other users or followers that are short and easy to make.
Second one I looked at was for John Key; clearly our PM uses twitter account to promote and to keep everyone up to date with his news.
I can definitely see the value of this especially if you want to keep up to date for a particular topic/person in one place. Short messages make it easier as well to read and what a nice way to be kept informed.
1. share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work
2. remix to adapt the work for non commercial purposes.
Attribution — you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
The license for this image is creative commons attribution 2.0 Generic, which basically allow the user to:
1. Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
2. Remix — to adapt the work
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Open ID seems to have the two things that we consider important and those are convenience and security.
My advice to our patrons about online security and privacy when they use the library’s online facilities is not share their passwords with their friends/family and to keep it in a safe place where no one can see it and not to write it on a piece of paper as this may lie in someone's hands. Always keep your information secured and do not attempt to tick anywhere that says remember me as a user nor remember my password as these are public facilities. And make sure you have logged out safely when you are done.