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Monday, June 30, 2003

Gary Price posts about an interesting study on what consumers (don't) know about search engines and how they work.
4:05:21 PM    comment []

There's been a very interesting discussion on the ASIS&T Information Architecture mailing list about Information Foraging. Then today, Jakob Nielsen chimes in on the topic by writing this article.

The easier it is to find places with good information, the less time users will spend visiting any individual website. This is one of many conclusions that follow from analyzing how people optimize their behavior in online information systems.

4:00:32 PM    comment []

New web tool to improve multimedia surfing

"A new web tool makes online video and audio as interactive as text, say its creators. The software could enhance surfing, and help individuals and organizations manage large quantities of footage."

"The new software, called Annodex, allows any section within a file to be given a descriptive tag - 'love scene', 'fight' or 'interview', for example. Tags form a stream of information that runs alongside the file, changing to keep track of it."

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10:03:38 AM    comment []

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, volume 3, issue 8 (July 2003), is now available for downloading at

This 20-page issue includes:

  • Bibs & Blather: A Month without Writing
  • Copyright Perspective: Why Make Records...?
  • Censorware Chronicles: COPA Revisited
  • Perspective: Making Sound, Making Music
  • PC Progress
  • disContent: The Magazine Quandary
  • Scholarly Article Access: Open-access Journals
  • Interesting & Peculiar Products

-walt crawford-

9:23:31 AM    comment []

As a follow-up to this story, voting on privatizing the Passaic library has been delayed.


A more extensive article can be found at

7:57:42 AM    comment []

Library Terms That Users Understand by John Kupersmith can help users access materials with fewer problems.
The purpose of this site is to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It serves as a clearinghouse of usability test data evaluating terminology used on library web sites, listing terms that tests show are effective or ineffective labels. It presents alternatives by documenting terms that are actually used by libraries. It also suggests "best practices" for reducing cognitive barriers caused by terminology.
[via Catalogablog]
7:37:47 AM    comment []

From Wired:

"The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can't be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers."

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7:34:39 AM    comment []

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