Related searches

Google has had some optional features for a while, although I have not seen much discussion of them. I don’t know if this is because they are not being much used, or there is some other reason. Anyway, I was interested to try the related search earlier on my own name. Here is what I … Continue reading Related searches


I got a note from Debbie Campbell, Director, Collaborative Services, at the National Library of Australia the other week about their new prototype discovery service. The service is available at and provides integrated access to over 42 million metadata and text resources from a range of the National Library’s collaborative services and from elsewhere. … Continue reading Searching

Metasearch redux

Here is something I said about metasearch in these pages some time ago …. The issue is that libraries have to manage a range of database resources whose legacy technical and business boundaries do not very well map user preferences or behaviors. The approach has been to try to move away from presenting a fragmentary … Continue reading Metasearch redux

The Google research offer

I was interested to see this note on the home page of Google Book Search: It links through to a page of ‘research tips’ based on the use of Google Book Search. Can’t remember where you found that quote? Did someone grab the last copy of the book you needed from the library? Google Book … Continue reading The Google research offer

One big index: Google Scholar in Google

Google Books results in searches on big Google are common (in my experience, anyway). I hadn’t noticed before, however, what appear to be Google Scholar results mixed in. I am sure they have been there, I just haven’t seen them. I still continue to be surprised when people talk about what Google can and can’t … Continue reading One big index: Google Scholar in Google

More on repositories and search engines

I referenced a note by Andy Powell on institutional repositories and Google in an earlier post. Herbert Van de Sompel left a comment pointing to a short document he has prepared addressing some of Andy’s concerns based on recent work with OAI-ORE. Here are a couple of the opening paragraphs …. This write-up is an … Continue reading More on repositories and search engines

SEI – search engine interoperability

I have used the phrase search engine interoperability in these pages a couple of times. This is a play on search engine optimization, which some do not like (although I think we should not avoid using a standard industry term). We value interoperability in libraries, and I think that a large part of SEO is, … Continue reading SEI – search engine interoperability

Card Catalogue Online

I was interested to come across the University of Bristol’s ‘Card catalogue online’, a resource based on scanned images of catalogue cards. The digitisation project involved scanning 300,000 cards covering pre-1978 material held in the Arts and Social Sciences Library and all other branch libraries (except the Medical Library). As well as providing a browse … Continue reading Card Catalogue Online


I have mentioned SEO (Search Engine Optimization) a few times as an increasingly important area of interest for librarians. However, as I have suggested, I come across resistance on the grounds that this is some sort of base or mendacious activity. We are very interested in interoperability, however, and for this reason it may be … Continue reading SEO

Penguin dating

I have just come across PenguinDating “where book lovers meet”, a partnership between Penguin and You can go on singles nights in libraries and there’s even a hybrid speed-dating book club in a pub. Here at Penguin Books we’ve teamed up with to create You can be intrigued, perplexed, turned off or … Continue reading Penguin dating