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A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit However fabulous Creative Commons and Public Domain content may be, sometimes you really need to use copyrighted material. Say you plan to comment on popular media or current events. For instance, you may be planning to critique the portrayal of Native Americans in commercial films. You are going to want to “quote” some commercial films like Pocahontas, Lone Ranger, and Dances with Wolves.

The Invisible Web (Jonas Fransson) (This is originally a chapter from the book Efficient information searching on the web.) The Invisible Web is hard to define. Several similar concepts are used for its designation. The Invisible Web was coined by a researcher in 1994 for that which wasn’t visible to the search engines. The Evolving Catalog OCLC printed its last library catalog cards on October 1, 2015, ending an era that lasted more than 150 years. As technology changes library cataloging, we look back at its history and forward into its future. Today when we say “technology,” it is often shorthand for “computer technology.” Of course this is not the only technology in our lives, but it is the one that defines our modern age.

The Deep Web you don't know about - Mar. 10, 2014 By its very nature, the size of the Deep Web is difficult to calculate. But top university researchers say the Web you know -- Facebook (FB), Wikipedia, news -- makes up less than 1% of the entire World Wide Web. When you surf the Web, you really are just floating at the surface. 113: William Badke – Circulating Ideas Guest host Troy Swanson chats with William B. Badke, Associate Librarian at Trinity Western University, Canada, about fake news. William B. Badke is Associate Librarian at Trinity Western University, Canada, with responsibility for information resources and research training at the Associated Canadian Theological Schools.

Searching the Deep Web - Bates InfoTips I recently developed a private workshop on how to find deep web resources on a specialized topic, and realized that the secret to finding information in the deep web is know that it’s a very different experience than searching the open web. While deep web content isn’t indexed by search engines, you can use search engines to find pointers, leads and links to deep web resources. Even more than with most “traditional” searches, looking for deep web content means thinking like a detective — looking for clues, using your peripheral vision to notice references or footnotes, and knowing when to step back and reassess. Following are some of the key approaches I recommend for finding deep web content on a particular topic. Use a search engine to find a page that is describing a relevant database by adding terms likely to appear the page.

How To Spot Fake News Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance. Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this. When Oxford Dictionaries announced post-truth was Word of the Year 2016, we as librarians realise action is needed to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society. IFLA has made this infographic with eight simple steps (based on’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community, and on social media networks.

Web Search Tools — The Basics When you're just getting started using the web, it can be quite overwhelming to understand exactly what tools are best to use to find what you may be looking for. There are so many choices: how do I find something online? How do I stay safe while on the web? Fake News, Alternative Facts and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts." The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change. Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. It's what we do with them that becomes controversial.

Academic Libraries (Matt Enis) PLUMBING TECHNOLOGY New platforms from Plum Analytics (top) and (below) help researchers and librarians aggregate and analyze altmetric data “Altmetrics: A manifesto,” published five years ago this month, described an academic publishing landscape in which the volume of literature was exploding, and the three traditional filters used to help researchers gauge the relative importance of individual papers in their fields—peer review, citation counting, and a journal’s average citations per article—were failing to keep up. “With altmetrics, we can crowdsource peer review,” they proposed. “Instead of waiting months for two opinions, an article’s impact might be assessed by thousands of conversations and bookmarks in a week.”

Making Metrics Meaningful Regular readers may know that I can get cranky at times about our passion for demonstrating value and productivity in quantitative ways that encourage publishing for the sake of publishing, leaving little time for reflection or pursuit of ideas that won’t quickly provide a line for the CV. So I was a little skeptical when I sat down to read a new book, Meaningful Metrics: A 21st- Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact published by ACRL.