[Web4lib] Link to Library site on College website

Robert Balliot rballiot at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 11:31:28 EST 2010

I was referencing the dominance of search results derived from edu sources
and transition to commercial.
Cornell actually provides an example of what academic websites *should be*doing:

The phrase  federal law in Google results : federal

places Cornell in the top five with an excellent resource.

The successful .com sites create their pages as if their livelyhoods depend
traffic. That is the motivating factor in content creation, language and
linking strategies.

Libraries should also create their pages as if their livelyhoods depend on

R. Balliot

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM, John Fereira <jaf30 at cornell.edu> wrote:

> Robert Balliot wrote:
>> I never saw hp.com<http://hp.com> come up in the search engines or any
>> other .com when I searched 'Jane Austen'
>> or 'diabetes treatment'. Never saw an Archie, Veronica or Jughead search
>> yield results from there either.
> I'm not surprised.  While many of the divisions at Hewlett Packard had
> small libraries the material was primarily technical in nature.  I would
> imagine a search for Jane Austen or 'diabetes treatment' in our university
> library catalog would be lots of results but I doubt that the holdings
> information would indicate that the material was located at our Engineering
> Library.
> I was addressing the contention that  "edu sites dominated" the internet in
> 1993.  There were likely more .edu domains a few years earlier but I
> wouldn't be surprised if a smaller number of heavyweight .com sites actually
> had more nodes, even in the pre-web timeframe.  As I said, HP registered
> their domain in 1986 (a class A network) and in that year I set up the first
> tcp-ip network at their Data Systems Division.  When I think about the days,
> we probably had 750 nodes by 1990 (not 1993) and I know that some of the
> other divisions had more.  By 1990 Sun had a huge network as well.
>> I wonder what the computing processing power of those 750 computers<
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_monkey_theorem> would equate to
>> today?
> Probably about the same as what I've got on my iPhone.
> --
> John Fereira
> Cornell University
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