Imagine a research database, that upon searching for "wind energy," gives top results about the benefits of turbine technology to one student, while another student (with a different search history, or in a different state) is instead shown articles that focus on the noise and vertigo that wind turbines produce. Sound fishy? Google has unveiled a more personal search that does exactly this sort of thing, called "Search, plus Your World.
It's time again to look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly library stories of the past year.
Honorable Mention: Lenny Bruce Should Have Been a Librarian
10. Neither Fax nor E-mail nor IM
The Canadian Library Association (CLA) is dismayed by the reported seizure of The People’s Library, which had been operated by the New York Occupy Wall Street movement, and echos the support of the American Library Association for the volunteers who are working to re-establish the library.
In a rare bit of good news, Milwaukee appears poised to restore some funding to the public library system,
"Milwaukee Public Libraries would be open longer hours and expand their educational programs for children, under the 2012 city budget that Mayor Tom Barrett will unveil Tuesday.
Barrett said he's seeking to roll back the library service cuts of previous years, in recognition of the libraries' importance in helping residents improve their lives.