Monday, October 21, 2013
It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they pledge to protect people’s privacy.

But the problem for most competitors to Google is that they try to imitate Google. Max Kossatz. “I think that’s why there’s been no innovation in search in over 10 years.” Blippex is built by its own users. And this makes its search results radically—and perhaps interestingly—different.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Find out about Reference Services in Uganda, the lack of civility in the 'Arab Spring', School Libraries in India, the IFLA trends websites and much more in Sheila Webber's blogs about the IFLA Satellite meeting on Information Literacy and Reference Services and other IL matters including her keynote address 'Question and enquire: taking a critical pathway to understand our users' at http://information-literacy.blogspot.de.


 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Avoiding Google - DuckGoGo seems to be picked up by more and more people.

Find here a blog entry by Karen Blakeman promoting DuckGoGo
http://www.rba.co.uk/wordpress/2013/06/11/google-you-can-say-no/

and the stats about search queries
https://duckduckgo.com/traffic.html

 

Friday, June 14, 2013
 
ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (“the Standards”) were first adopted in 2000. Since then the Standards have become one of the most essential documents, related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education.
Now the Standards should be extensively revised by a new task force including non-librarians from university departments, higher education organizations, and an accreditor.
 
The aim is to
"Update the Information literacy competency standards for higher education so that they reflect the current thinking on such things as the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the changing global higher education and learning environment, the shift from information literacy to information fluency, and the expanding definition of information literacy to include multiple literacies, e.g., transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, etc."
 

 

Friday, May 17, 2013
 
If you ever wanted to find out what a TeachMeet is, then read this http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/1810/244069/1/TeachMeet-case-study.pdf and join the discussion next week Tuesday 21 May, 8pm GWT.

 
Helen Blanchett has kindly started us off by sharing her experiences of TeachMeets aimed at teachers as well as ones for librarians. Her blog post is already online at http://infolitjournalclub.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/teachmeets-discussion-on-21st-may.html and the discussion will take place in the comments of the blog.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

“Information and digital literacy is far more than just an academic competency; it’s essential for people in all walks of life to achieve their personal and professional goals and participate fully as citizens in the world”, Secker says.


Go to source:http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/people/movers-shakers-2013/jane-secker-movers-shakers-2013-advocates/

 

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