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Searching for Christmas peace and joy

The set up of my life has changed significantly – disruptively – over the past few years and hasn’t finished doing so yet. This means that this blog may not continue or may change its focus to follow my different … Continue reading

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Searching the deep web

I had the great pleasure yesterday to attend a training course at CILIP HQ on Navigating the Deep Web: Advanced Search Strategies for Researchers, run by search guru, Karen Blakeman. I always come away from Karen’s courses feeling invigorated and … Continue reading

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Too much to pay upfront

In a first for US institutions, the University of California, the USA’s largest public university system, has decided to cancel its expensive subscription licence with Elsevier. The two organisations had evidently been negotiating for months, but talks finally failed over … Continue reading

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Robots are helping journalists write their articles

The Financial Times reported yesterday (12th Dec.) that the first articles jointly written by robots and humans are being published in the UK. In fact, the robot’s contribution seems to be largely that of fact-finder, providing statistical data¬†for journalists’¬†articles. The … Continue reading

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It’s hard to find something, if it’s not there anymore.

It’s also hard to find or recognize something if you don’t know what search terms to use, what it’s called or anything about it. Searching requires curiosity and interest. It’s about an intelligent and planned, strategic and enthusiastic way of … Continue reading

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Missing you already…or not?

Happy new year! Here’s an interesting bit of news to start off 2017. An article in Science magazine 6 Jan 2017 describes how hundreds of universities, technical schools and research institutes and public libraries in Germany will be starting the … Continue reading

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Saving libraries and searching skills

Caitlin Moran eloquently expresses in Caitlin’s Moranifesto: Save our Libraries why Libraries still have their place in the age of the internet, and why we shouldn’t be content with just “Googling it”. “Do we all want to be Googlesheep, herded … Continue reading

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I finally made it to one of Karen Blakeman’s searching courses and it was excellent

For quite a long time I’ve been meaning to attend one of RBA Information Services‘s business information searching courses which cover the nuances of Google and so much more beyond that. Last Thursday I finally did. For a start, it … Continue reading

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Informing people mindfully

Mindful living seems to be a bit of trend these days, even to the extent that 2014 has been branded the year of living mindfully in some quarters. Neatly defined in the Huffington Post article as “the cultivation of a … Continue reading

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It seems to be a free service, but then, you don’t get owt fer nowt

It’s one of the basic life lessons, expressed through various catchy phrases; “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and so on and it seems very apt for the age of “big data”. By their nature, many medically-related searches … Continue reading

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