“Inside the Searcher’s Mind” takes a look at the behavior of searchers. What I like most about this article is that the author acknowledges that there is no such thing as the “average searcher.” I see that phrase (or at least the idea of the phrase) bandied about far too often. There are so many things that affect how someone searches–what (s)he is searching for, how experienced (s)he is, what tools (s)he is using, connection speed…. These are things that any database or website designer need to consider, and address. Thanks to the author for not “average-izing” the complicated behavior of searchers.
link via Phil Bradley
BlogWithoutALibrary.net has a nice list of libraries using blogs. And, even better, each list has an RSS feed.
Myst IV, here I come. Myst III: Exile was quite challenging, so I’m looking forward to the new installment for hours of gaming goodness.
Microsoft has a well-written and reasonably short article on how web color choices affect the user. I know, you’re thinking “A useful article from Microsoft? LiB, have you gone over to the dark side?” Not yet, my dear readers, not yet. But I swear, this is a useful article for those of you new to color psychology. Our county site‘s color scheme projects “a businesslike and authoritative feel” through its multitudinous shades of blue. *sigh* And the LiB site says that it is passionate and dangerous. Nice
link via Gadgetopia
The SciFi Channel is expected to announce today that Farscape will return as a mini-series later this year. Please, please please…let it be true!
Gmail is here, whether you want it or not. You get a gig of storage, but there are ads (nothing new to webmail). The typical security concerns surrounding webmail apply, but hey–a gig of storage! Whoo-hah! To learn more about Gmail, take a look at Google’s Gmail FAQ.
Another good site for those “I have this citation and need the article online now” type questions is JAKE. You can see which databases index which periodicals, and whether they’re full-text or not. This is particularly handy if you have an extensive database collection (read: you work in an academic library).
Check out Free Full Text, which “provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). ” This is a great resource for people desparate for a particular article–you can check to see if the publication makes its content available online for free.
link via Neat New Stuff
The Calvin & Hobbes Strip Search (see my March post), has been taken down. The C&H copyright holders apparently made a fuss…