IL05 – Day 3: Fueling Engines for the Future

Very interesting session on a “year down the road look” at search engines. Here are some (pretty meager) notes from the session:


  • Introduced Open Search
  • Common format for search requests for their partners
  • It lets you search things like white pages, flickr, nytimes, etc.
  • They are adding over one search engine a day to Open Search
  • Microsoft is building OpenSearch into the next version of Internet Explorer 7
  • Seattle Public Library’s catalog is one of those, too (from Greg Notess)

Recent Search Innovations

  • answers – type in question, and get an answer – I need to play around with this some…
  • still working on automated translation tools
  • cellphone versions of Google
  • showed lots of stuff others have done with Google Maps and API


  • FUSE – enable people to find, use, share and expand … (something… I didn’t get the rest of that :-)
  • partnering with subscription services
  • partner with creative commons – so users can search for stuff they can legally use
  • My Web – lets users save, tag, and annotate web content
  • books, spoken word archives, historical document – they want to expand into those areas
  • they’re part of the Open Content Alliance

IL05- Day 2: Blogs & Wikis Face Off, Jenny Levine and Steven M. Cohen

Successful Library wikis:

1. Library Success wiki works

2. Unofficial ala wiki also works (both created by Meredith Wolfwater)

  • included calendar of events, personal schedules, blog links, etc.
  • set up before conference – seemed to work well that way

Delicious and Technorati play well together

Interesting side note – someone actually asked for print handouts in the blog and wiki session. Hmm… struck me as ironic, that’s all.

IL05 – Day 2: Evening Session – Google-brary: The Status Quo of Tomorrow’s MEGALIBRARY

Very fun, interesting session. Here are some sound-bytes from the panel:

Adam Smith from Google:

  • Wants to dispell misinformation about Google Print
  • What it is: Their effort to make all books digital (indexed by google) – doesn’t mean they have to digitize it
  • Public domain – fully available
  • Copyright – three short snippets from the book

The question was asked, “how will it look in the year 2020:

SteveArnold compared Google to the old pre-baby bell Bell Labs. Google has room to play and innovate.

Adam Smith… in 2020:

  • everything is digitized
  • everyone is an author, publisher, archivist – involved in the creative process

Mark Sandler on Libraries in 2020:

  • some libraries will disappear (the ones that don’t “get it,” or that don’t change)
  • they’ll need to change their mission – about access, leading people to content
  • develop new strategies to connect users to content

Barbara Quint on libraries in 2020:

  • authors are connecting directly with readers more
  • librarians are discriminating between good/bad material
  • you’re paying people to keep you from reading bad stuff
  • we become censors… [me – how funny]

Roy Tennant’s take:

  • we need print around
  • (Barbara interjected) print becomes a format!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! an output
  • libraries are about providing service

Stephen Abrams said: why do we ill books for $20 when we can buy them for $5 on amazon?

Barbara: ALA could issue a “librarian seal of approval” on good content

IL05 – Day 2: The Design & Management of Great Information Services, Matthew Manning

improve the user experience
– clean interfaces
– unique data
– unique functionality
– awareness of user’s work setting

Clean Interfaces:
– A great user experience is both boring and satisfying. It’s like turning on the tap and getting a clear, steady flow of clean water… [that must be the boring part?]
– clean design where tasks are easy to accomplish.
– white space
– weighting – most heavily used items get the most amount of space
– elimination of irrelevant or distracting content
– gave an example of

unique data – hard to find info
– metadata is critical

unique functionality
– content is more dependent on great software to amek it shine online

what to do:
– help the user do what they need to do
– minimal number of steps
– logical links (few of them)
– benignly redundant features

what not to do:
– gratuitous toys
– linkmania

IL05 – Day 2: Library Blogs – Ethics & Guidelines, Karen G. Schneider

“For most readers,you are the last stop between the reader and the truth.”

Five Rules to Blog By:

1. Transparency (include an about page – can be humorous – also full disclosure and honesty about who you are and why you’re writing). Transparency can be strategic.

2. Cite it

3. Be Accurate. “There is nothing more pathetic than a librarian who gets the facts wrong.”

4. Be fair

5. Admit Mistakes

[My thought] – Blogging ethics are very similar to normal writer’s ethics. And that makes sense, since a blogger is, whether they like it or not, a writer.