MUST READ: This #Free #Online #Encyclopedia Has Achieved What Wikipedia Can Only Dream Of | Quartz #websites #content #Internet #reference

Fantastic article relating to authoritative content on the web. Well worth the read start-to-finish.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself. Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How to provide authoritative, rigorously accurate knowledge, at no cost to readers. It’s something the encyclopedia, or SEP, has managed to do for two decades. READ MORE: This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of | Quartz

Five Great Questions I Was Asked As A #Reference #Librarian | BookRiot #libraries #books #reading

Danika’s post that asked how well we would do on the bookseller’s quiz show got me thinking about some of the best questions I was asked when I worked as a reference librarian. Anyone who knows anything about libraries knows that all patron interactions are private and that librarians never, ever share information about those who ask questions or seek advice. Anonymity is of the utmost importance.

That said, I’ve been out of libraries now for a while and feel confident enough that all of these questions are generic and rendered anonymously enough as to not be pinpointed to any individual. I thought it would be fun to compile a handful of the best, most unique, and most head-scratching questions I was asked as a reference librarian. READ MORE: Five Great Questions I Was Asked As A Reference Librarian |

News: Education & Technology, Librarianship

Education & Technology

The LA Times Trolls Innocent Teachers | TechCrunch
The once-respectable LA Times is leveraging its dwindling platform to attack individual teachers under the guise of data transparency. The editorial board won a court case allowing them to use a highly contentious, self-designed algorithm to rank the best and worst teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Neither the suicide of one of the shamed teachers, nor the widespread criticism of the statistical methods have aroused the editorial board’s better judgment.

Google Earth Tour Builder lets you tell stories through maps | Engadget
Google has used Earth and Maps to tell tales of unfolding tragedies and soldiers fighting for our country. Now its opening up those tools to the public, allowing users to build what they’re calling “Tours” through Google Earth. Tour Builder was released in honor of Veterans Day and it allows users to create narratives tied to points on a map. More Google news: Google Quick Actions Let Users Act on Emails Without Opening Them | MashableYour Face and Name Will Appear in Google Ads Starting Today | Gizmodo and Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won | theguardian


‘Info ladies’ go biking to bring remote Bangladeshi villages online| Guardian Weekly

Info ladies crisscross the countryside offering the chance to see a loved one, get a blood sugar check or even legal advice.

Info Ladies

Read this amazing story of entrepreneurial spirit: ‘Info ladies’ go biking to bring remote Bangladeshi villages online | Global development | Guardian Weekly.

RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley 3-Way Comparison | The Search Principle

RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley 3-Way Comparison | The Search Principle: views are my own.

RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley 3-Way Comparison | The Search Principle: views are my own

40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach | American Libraries Magazine

The desire to learn about useful mobile apps is widespread among librarians, judging by the overflow crowd at Sunday’s Conversation Starter [ALA Conference 2013], billed to deliver “40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach.”

via 40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach | American Libraries Magazine.

Nurses in the Library | Stephen’s Lighthouse

Nurses in the Library . . . Stephen’s Lighthouse.

Deborah Cameron defines online dictionaries | berfrois

Deborah Cameron defines online dictionaries | berfrois.

Quotable: “The publisher Collins has recently adopted crowd-sourcing as a lexicographical tool, inviting members of the public to propose new words for its online dictionary.”