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Shmoogle

If you haven't seen Shmoogle yet, check it out. It runs a search in Google and presents the results in a completely random order. The creator states the purpose of the tool is to show that while all results are retrievable, it doesn't mean that they're visible.

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Find some Fiction

Have you tried FictionFinder yet? Presented by OCLC, you can search this database of fiction by character, locale, title, author, and more. You can also browse the various categories. Browsing to "Dystopias" (the opposite of Utopias), I find 116 records that fall into this fiction category. Clicking on any of the titles, like Brave New World, takes me to the item record with hyperlinked and searchable fiction categories and subject headings.

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Google News to rank by quality

BetaNews reports that Google News intends to begin ranking news stories by quality and credibility using a new patentable technology. In order to determine "quality and credibility," Google will consider size of the organization, story length, number of citations, and web traffic into the site.

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Do Libraries Still Matter?

Daniel Akst has written a thoughtful article for the Carnegie Corporation entitled "Do Libraries Still Matter?" The article discusses the history of American libraries (including Carnegie's role), libraries in the modern age, and technology's impact on libraries. Definite healthy reading for any librarian trying to serve his or her patrons better, and for library managers trying to re-animate the role of the library in their community.

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