[Web4lib] Lack of discussion of Google CSE and Libraries

Jorge Serrano Cobos jorgeserrano at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 10:34:46 EST 2006

Probably the worst thing is that this feature is really really old; years
and years ago you could do this, the same, with other tools, like for
instance I remember we did that with Excalibur retrieval´s robot (paying,
ok, but very cheap in terms of what you could achieve)

Like Google Desktop. Anybody remember "Altavista Discovery"? Same idea,
wrong moment on internet history, maybe.

And here comes now, with a fancy name, something already "discovered".
That´s real good marketing!

Cheers & fun

Jorge Serrano Cobos
Departamento de Contenidos

Miembro del Grupo Thinkepi
Web personal: http://trucosdegoogle.blogspot.com

2006/11/9, Carol Bean <beanworks at gmail.com>:
> I'm with Ross on this.  What you say is true, but only from within
> Google.  Is there a way to take this tool and put it on our library
> website, or do we have to set up our CSE's on Google, and go there
> (or send patrons there) to use the tool?
> Cool tool, but better than sliced bread?
> Carol Bean
> On Nov 9, 2006, at 9:55 AM, Drew, Bill wrote:
> > You are missing one major point.  It does not take a programmer to do
> > anything with it.  The Google API and other APIs really require
> > programming skills.  To me it is the biggest thing since sliced bread
> > because it goes back to one of our basic functions as librarians,
> > collection development and selection of resources.  I wish it did go
> > further in going into the Invisible Web that is buried in our
> > databases.
> > I t could potentially serve as our federated search engine if it did.
> > The front line librarian who knows how to do searches and understands
> > Boolean logic can use the CSE to create great tools for our users.  I
> > think that is meaningful and significant!
> >
> > Bill Drew
> > drewwe at morrisville.edu
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: rossfsinger at gmail.com [mailto:rossfsinger at gmail.com] On
> > Behalf Of
> > Ross Singer
> > Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 9:46 AM
> > To: Drew, Bill
> > Cc: web4lib at webjunction.org
> > Subject: Re: [Web4lib] Lack of discussion of Google CSE and Libraries
> >
> > Bill,
> >
> > The problem with Google CSE, as I see it, is that there doesn't seem
> > to be an API for it (is there and I'm missing it?).
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