December 14, 2005
Show the Folly of Search Engine Loyalty
A search engine called Jux2 is back in service after a hiatus. Jux2 on the surface is a meta search engine, searching Google, Yahoo, and Ask Jeeves. But it also allows you to compare the search results of these 3 engines. If you click on the tab that says "Compare Google's Results", you get a list of web sites that only Google found and another list of web sites that were missing from Google. On closer inspection, these only apply to the top 10 results (i.e. only in Google's top 10, missing from Google's top 10), but since people tend not to go beyond the first page of search results, it's not wholly wrong.
I thought it could be a neat tool to use in teaching, to show that you really do miss out on relevant information when they stick to one search engine (Google, I'm looking in your direction). Jux2's Search Engine Stats page also makes this point, but doing a few searches will powerfully show, rather than just tell. Did you know that a search for "information literacy" doesn't bring up the LOEX site on the first 13 pages of results in either Google or Yahoo (I got tired after 13), but it's on page 1 (#6) in Ask Jeeves? I was shocked. Well, shocked-ish
December 12, 2005
Second Call for proposals - WILU 35
If you didn't find enough time to submit a proposal to WILU 35 earlier you are in luck. A second call has just gone out. Deadline for proposals is January 9, 2006.
Submit your proposal online.
December 9, 2005
Information Literacy petition to the Scottish Parliament
According to Stuart Boon's blog - http://eddev.blogspot.com/2005/11/information-literacy-petition-to.html
John Crawford (Glasgow Caledonian) and Chris Milne (Abertay) have presented a petition to the Scottish Parliament on the subject of information literacy.