Internet Librarian 2021, day 1 #InternetLibrarian

Public Health Hunger Games

Amy Affelt and Stephen Abram talked about how libraries can assist in a pandemic and other public emergencies.

Curated Intelligence: Tips and Tools

Gary Price was using Inoreader. Having issues, tested Feedly and found it better. Uses Leo, the AI assistant. Learns what you like, eliminates duplicates. Can mute phrases that you’re not interested in.

Website Watcher. Most powerful tool for following web pages. Takes RSS feeds, web URLs, and Twitter feeds.

Semantic Scholar: Can get alerts when a paper cites another one you’re interested in.

News Now: news aggregation

IFTTT: can e-mail it to yourself or others

Industry news: Cushman Wakefield, Smartbrief (for many topics)

Wayback Machine: Archive including back links. Can submit a Google sheet to archive thousands of pages at once. allows user to get RSS feeds for pages that don’t natively have them.

Search: Past, Present, and Future

Greg Notess:

Review of past 25 years of search engines. I forgot how many there were.

Google experimenting with “better” titles. Showed “Vice President Joe Biden” in a search result that came from

Google doesn’t always know when there are problems with their site.

Bing trying to make search more relevant with AI.

Current Google results give all kinds of things: news items, knowledge graph, etc.


  • Google plans to get rid of third-party cookies in Chrome in 2022. Testing alternatives. Can turn off cookies in your browser.
  • Bing and Yandex allow web sites to push info, rather than crawling them
  • Neeva, Brave: Pay for search without ads
  • Rumors of Apple developing its own search engines

Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Maydee Ojala:

Intent: search engine assumes you want to buy shoes close to you. Use footwear, the industry term

Know syntax

Use precise words

Understand scope

Advanced search: most people don’t use it (except librarians).

AI, machine learning affects search

Search is traditionally free, but search engines like Neeva are experimenting with paid search. Paywalls are more common.


  • Change word order
  • Use longtail words
  • Word order makes a difference
  • Title varies: online title can differ from print title. The Atlantic web site includes daily articles not in the print magazine or full-text databases
  • Identify fake research: tortured phrases that sound as if they’ve been translated from foreign languages
  • Comprehensive: Nothing is comprehensive and probably never was


  • Switch browsers
  • Don’t just use Google
  • Try multiple devices
  • Voice search
  • Translation, transcription
  • Beware transcription, embrace transcription


  • Old ways of evaluation were text-based, academic. Need updating.
  • Fake info on web, preprints. Moving into era of distrust.
  • What’s an authoritative source now?

New acronyms/techniques:

  • SIFT: Stop, investigate the source, find trusted coverage, trace claims, quotes, media.
  • ESCAPE (Newseum): Evidence, Source, Context, Audience, Purpose, Execution
  • SHEEP (First Draft News): Source, History, Evidence, Emotion, Pictures
  • ACT UP: Author, Currency, Truth, Unbiased, Privilege
  • Lateral reading: verify as you reading

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