Miscellany Returns

Fighting the perception that school libraries aren’t necessary, by The Adventures of Library Girl (via Stephen’s Lighthouse). Has the library fallen out of step with the school, or do people not know about the library’s good work?

Attention my jobhunting brothers and sisters: The Five Basic Questions Interviewers Really Want You to Answer. – Lifehacker

Author Lemony Snicket is setting up a prize for librarians who have faced book-banning adversity.

Together with the American Library Association, he is therefore setting up a new $3,000 award, The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. “The Snicket prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them,” said Snicket, who is funding the prize from his own “disreputable gains”. “This seems like a better way to channel money to librarians than my previous strategy, which was incurring exorbitant late fees,” said the author.

– The Guardian, Jan. 31, 2014 (via Stephen’s Lighthouse)

Ever wonder why Google returns results that don’t actually contain your search term?  Here’s one reason why: “Google has patented going beyond individual words to consider the entire query and then substitute words.”   – Web Search Guide and Internet News post.

Pictures of futuristic-looking libraries all over the world – Open Education Database (via Stephen’s Lighthouse).

Google searching tips from Lifehacker, with a couple of updates. – Web Search Guide and Internet News

Presentation slides full of marketing resources for libraries,  by Kathy Dempsey of Libraries are Essential (via Stephen’s Lighthouse).

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