It has occurred to me that it would be very helpful in Google searches if years could be searched for the way synonyms for words typically are. For example, searching for ‘Bob Eckels’ also returns results for ‘Robert Eckels,’ Bob being recognized as a nickname of Robert. I know I’ve encountered similar inclusions for a variety of words. In terms of years, it would be nice, sometimes, if searching ‘1969’ also caught results for the ‘1960s’ in general. I can see how that would be less useful than the names, but when I’m trying to find a person in a reel from some particular year, that particular year may or may not have any significance in that person’s legacy, neither in written material about things they accomplished nor in photographs hanging around the internet. I could–and do– just search by decade from the get-go, but as I said, sometimes a particular year is significant, but it would be nice to automatically pick up a range of years…figuratively widen the net.

Alternately, the built-in ‘search by time’ function could be expanded. Searching for ‘Neil Armstrong,’ for example, limited to results prior to 12/31/1969 results in nothing; limiting results to preceding 12/31/1970 returns a plethora of materials. On the plus side, it has the ability to search by a page’s original chronological context and not just its upload/update timestamp, of which I hadn’t been aware, so that’s nice. (A less famous figure, of course, is still very under-represented.)




Always always always with the creepy, TMI, not-really-useful (it marks you as having a read a post when you visit the page, which is vague at best readership) updates with Facebook. Oh, and there’s nothing on that page that talks about turning it off or exempting yourself from it; quelle surprise.

This, part 2: Another publisher Doing It Right


I’m not a comic book person so I’m actually a bit slow to discover this. Starting this month–oops, technically last month– every issue in the Ultimate line will include a code to get a free digital copy of that issue. Please please please let this trend gain momentum. Is there even a good reason for it not to? It’s not as though manuscripts aren’t already being handled digitally these days at every step from initial submission through editing on to printing. The biggest potential difference between an ebook and a physical version is perhaps page layout (which affects page count), but since I know that that can be changed on the fly just by rotating my iPod touch (no dedicated ereader for me yet), it probably isn’t that big of a barrier.

My first (mis-)attribution

Info & Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook So, this is hardly news or new, but I hadn’t thought to mention it before; may as well do it now. 🙂

I was working as a faculty assistant for Jill Hurst-Wahl during part of the time she and Ulla were working on this book, The Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook. One of my projects was to contact various people, get them to agree to contribute, and “interview” them– mostly this just meant emailing Word docs back and forth, but I did do an actual interview over Skype as well. Their responses form one of the later chapters, showcasing the variety of information career paths out there.

Sadly, it wasn’t until I was given my copy that I saw I had been credited as Elaine P. Patton rather than Elaine M. Patton. Doh. The hazards of middle initials, I suppose. Nonetheless, it was still fun to see my name printed in a book, and I even appear in the index!

Policy Paper

Whew, what a summer. In a previous post, I mentioned the policy paper I was working on with a couple classmates regarding how public libraries (our primary focus; we discuss academic libraries, as well, though) should deal with ebook issues. We sort of fizzled out on trying to professionally publish it (I think we’re all too preoccupied with job-hunting), so I figured I may as well post it here, at least.

Ebooks, DRM and Libraries (pdf)

The 2 minute PowerPoint presentation giving the most bare-bones highlights imaginable for those who don’t want to plow through our 28-page paper.