Libraries & Archives

Libraries & Archives

Thursday, September 30, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > New Company Starts Up a Challenge to Google

"...The new Clusty service for consumers, which will be free and supported by advertising revenue, uses a similar organizational structure. But it also presents a series of tabs enabling the user to see results from sources besides the general Web, including shopping information, yellow pages, news, blogs, and images.

Vivisimo, which is privately held and is profitable, according to its executives, has been selling its clustering technology to corporations for research by their employees. Now Vivisimo is making an effort to compete more broadly by attracting consumers to its Web site,

The service is meant to address the confusion that can be created when search engines return huge lists. Clustering is also intended to help users find related material they may overlook when they employ services that utilize page ranking methods. Such methods employ a variety of software algorithms to rank Web pages by their perceived relevance to a query."

The New York Times > Technology > New Company Starts Up a Challenge to Google

Awesome service concept -- librarians have been "clustering" information from their beginnings. I found information on the "Chicataubut Inn" that I'd been looking for via google all summer -- on the first level!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Letter to my daughter

Hi, honey, if you haven't registerd to vote, please do so this weekend.
Deadline is 1 month before election, so I've seen it as Oct. 3, 4 or
5, depending on how that law is interpreted.

Go here to register if you haven't got another place to do so:

Hope all is well!



Friday, September 24, 2004

Mudslinging Deadline

The deadline for voter registration is generally one month before the national election and thus is Monday, October 4, 2004. Register right off the L.W. Nixon Library website, a service provided by the American Library Association.

The Higher Education Technology Roundup of Converge magazine reports 9/23/04 that

"Arizona State University researchers developed an impartial judge to keep score of the mudslinging in this year’s presidential campaign. Professors Steve Corman and Kevin Dooley are using a computer to analyze the language in the news releases, speeches and Web logs put out by the campaigns of President Bush and his challenger, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. By looking on a daily basis for nasty comments that the software identifies through sophisticated language analysis, their computer generates the “ Crawdad Mud Meter” -- and also tracks how many themes the campaigns are generating."

Oh, and we've picked out the new carpet for the library, which will be installed over winter break. Should enhance the look of the library...



Wednesday, September 22, 2004

AP Photos available for classroom use...

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The "community bookshelf" on the side the Kansas City Public Library garage got its second title on Monday, March 15, 2004, as Chris Davis, left, and Jeff Callahan installed "The Lord of the Rings". The 10th Street facade of the garage will hold 22 "books" when complete. The library is moving its downtown headquarters into a renovated bank building and is expected to open in mid-April. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Keith Myers)

Note: one limitation to our license -- single simultaneous user. Only one person at a time, please!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Open wide...

Alas, I hve been a blog mute. I shall reform my ways immediately.

First the news. Butler no longer has access to the Grove Dictionaries of Music and of Art. Eric Hansen reports from the Kansas Library Network Board that as they began final negotiations for a state-wide subscription a small college library cancelled their subscription. Why pay for something you are about to receive free through the State, right? Oxford reconsidered, raised the price and placed the databases out of reach of the current Network Board.

Well, we do have access to the AP Photo Archive Collection... use your pipeline account if you are off campus. This is EVERY photo that AP has published in the last 150 years. Lincoln - he's in there. Andy Warhol, space shots - yup. John Kerry, President Bush - have at 'em.

Now the books: I've just finished "The Cat's Pajamas", stories by Ray Bradbury. His final selection from a range of his marvelous writing ranging from 1946 to 2004 is a poem in tribute to his favorites: Edgar Allen Poe, Ogden Nash, G.K. Chesterton, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Oscar Wilde, and Bernard Shaw...

..."I wave at shadows, climb aboard my train.
I weep because their likes won't come again.
But this sure thing I know by sounding sea:
Their deaths diminish, words replenish me.
For traveling down the shore in lonely car,
I open wide their books and there they are!"

Open wide some books this week.

Singing off,