Thursday, March 29, 2007
One of the latest tools to be unleashed is Google Custom search. This new technology provides individuals with the option to create a subject specific search interface that is populated with websites selected by the creator.
The first thing that came to mind when reading about this technology was it's potential application in creating subject guides for library users. Instead of creating lists of site URLs, Librarian's now have the option to create a subject specific web search portal. The text box can be embedded into the web page. For an example of the Google Custom Search please check out the Western Australian Governments website.
I do not know of any library service that has created a subject specific search portal using this application and whilst I intend to tinker with this technology I have not had an opportunity to do so as yet.
So for those intrepid souls amongst us uncharted water beckons! I would love to here any feed back regarding Google Custom Search; please forward any comments/stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 23, 2007
Voting forms and contextual information has been forwarded to Library managers and designated contacts. If you have any questions refarding this process please contact your NSW.net content evaluation zone representatives
Monday, March 19, 2007
The next meeting will be late July - could the people who were checking on room availability please contact Ellen Forsyth.
Plus put 8th May in your diary for the annual reference seminar. It will include Library 2.0 topics of interest to reference and information services
Post by Ross Balharrie
Monday, March 12, 2007
This will be a great opportunity for reference and information services staff to network, brainstorm and share ideas with people who are doing similar work. We hope that everyone will come away with something that can be implemented in your own library.
Strathfield Library is located in 65 Rochester St, (corner of Abbotsford Road,) Homebush. It’s two blocks away from Homebush Station, (five minutes walking distance), on Homebush Public School side. Bus 408 stops in front of the library. Car park is available next to the library, entrance is on Abbotsford Road, as well as street parking around the area.
Please rsvp to Yan Zhang on yan.zhang @ strathfield.nsw.gov.au by 12 March
@ your library – what have you used to promote reference and information services – success stories since November
@ your library May to December (May Reduce, reuse and recycle, June Drug info, July Holiday fun, Good sports, August Escape, September Find the past (treasures/records), October Holiday fun, Just ask, November Read)
How are people training their staff in reference and information services?
How are people providing un/structured training for their communities?
Beyond Google – what are libraries doing?
What is part of reference and information services and collections at your library? What is reference and what is loan? Are there other specialist services we should be providing – for example local studies, LIAC, ABS, HSC collections, drug info, literacy?
Evaluation for the content group – what are the current databases and how to look at them
Subjects for discussion at the next meeting. Date and location for next meeting.
Favourite/least favourite reference tool
Post by Ross Balharrie