R: [Web4lib] Lack of discussion of Google CSE and Libraries

Bonaria Biancu bonaria.biancu at unimib.it
Thu Nov 9 03:16:57 EST 2006

Hi folks,

I'm an italian librarian, and in the last months I've tried for my blog, 'The Geek librarian' <http://bonariabiancu.wordpress.com/>, social search engines Rollyo <http://www.rollyo.com/bonariabiancu/the_geek_librarian/> and Swiki <http://biblioteca-20-swicki.eurekster.com/>.

With Google CSE I've created the 'SO::LIB -- Social software for libraries' search engine <http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=014695034523506990592%3A14_nfyc-lwq>.

I think CSE is really easy to use - it's the 'Google style' :-) - and offers functionalities that others search engines don't have - for example Google marker and the 'Add to Google' button that I find very useful!

Anyway, I think all these can serve in libraries in lots of ways - first of all for reference services.

Best regards,


Bonaria Biancu
Biblioteca di Ateneo - Sede Centrale
Universita' di Milano Bicocca
Piazza Ateneo Nuovo, 1 - 20126 Milano (Italy)
Tel.: +39.02.64486236
E-mail: bonaria.biancu at unimib.it
Web: http://www.biblio.unimib.it

׀ -----Messaggio originale-----
׀ Da: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib-
׀ bounces at webjunction.org] Per conto di Drew, Bill
׀ Inviato: giovedì 9 novembre 2006 0.49
׀ A: web4lib at webjunction.org
׀ Oggetto: [Web4lib] Lack of discussion of Google CSE and Libraries
׀ I originally posted this on my blog yesterday but I thought I might get
׀ some discussion here.
׀ I have been disappointed in the lack of posts from the most prolific
׀ library bloggers on the topic of Google Custom Search Engines.  In my
׀ own opinion it is the most important development at Google since Google
׀ went live.  Searching for the phrase "Google Custom Search " on LISZEN
׀ gets me 58 pages listed in the results
׀ <http://liszen.com/index.html?cx=007111056751095715160%3A3qdthmlca-m&q=%
׀ 22google+custom+search%22&sa=Search&cof=FORID%3A9> .  The articles are
׀ not from many of the big names in library tech blogging.  Some you might
׀ recognize are David Rothman <http://davidrothman.net/> , OA Librarian
׀ <http://oalibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/10/cool-new-search-tool-for-oa-new
׀ s.html> , and Christina's LIS Rant
׀ <http://christinaslibraryrant.blogspot.com/2006/10/google-custom-search.
׀ html> .  I am disappointed that ALA Tech Source nor any of the people at
׀ Library Journal have not reported on it.  I can also think of several
׀ other bloggers that should be covering this but are not.
׀ Technorati Tags: GoolgeCSE <http://technorati.com/tag/GoolgeCSE> ,
׀ Google <http://technorati.com/tag/Google> , Libraries
׀ <http://technorati.com/tag/Libraries>
׀ Wilfred (Bill) Drew
׀ Associate Librarian, Systems and Reference
׀ Morrisville State College Library
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׀ deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin, 1759
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