Author Archives: robin

hello, may I help you?

Inquiring Minds at the LibraryTuesday, August 22, 2006; Page A14 What Yahoo Inc. Vice President Eckart Walther refers to as the "next generation of search" techniques ["Web Searches Go Low-Tech: You Ask, a Person Answers," front page, Aug. 16] has been alive and well in our nation's libraries for more than a century. Reference librarians in our public and academic libraries answer nearly 8 million ...

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Robin reads: PopCo, The codex, Deception point & I never promised you a rose garden

PopCo by Scarlett Thomas (FICTION):A friend recommended this to me and I found this a very fun read. Alice Butler is a whiz at cryptography, crosswords, and also works for one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers, PopCo, designing ‘kid’s spyware’. Having been selected for a special retreat which is actually to develop a new toy/marketing scheme for teenage girls, she quickly discovers that things ...

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more on myspace

myspace and other online social networking things are kind of interesting, ya know? Although blogs/journals have an aspect of social networking, especially with the use of feeds, comments, and blogrolling/links tools, social networking online really started to take off with six degrees. The Six degrees community was loosely based on the kevin bacon game which is loosely based on the play six degrees of separation ...

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Umm… reference service? (includes links)

Ok, I don’t know if this is cool or scary.————————————-Atlanta’s own Brian Mathews has come up with an innovative way to create unobtrusive library presence in the world of social software. Brian, the Distance Learning Services and Mechanical Engineering Librarian (wow) at Georgia Tech, runs his “ubiquitous reference model” by searching GA Tech students’ Xanga and LiveJournal pages for library-related terms such as library, paper, ...

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