Another reason to be wary of uncritical use of the Web for information and research. Self-reflecting algorithm-created bias in internet search results is explained in this short video presentation from the TED Talks. The speaker coins the term “filter bubbles” to describe it, and is worth reviewing.
Library databases and Web-scale Discovery services such as Summon provide a more accurate reflection of the information available than do web search engine results. Give your users a single search box experience without the built-in bias of web search engines with PALSdiscovery.
Metropolitan State University Library subscribes to three database which Minitex subsidizes and for which they provide us usage data. I received the first quarter usage data from Minitex a few weeks ago for Project Muse, ScienceDirect, and CINAHL, and the numbers are quite interesting with respect to our implementation of Summon.
We had seen an uptick in the use of ScienceDirect in the 4th quarter of 2012 after we brought Summon online in October, but we weren’t certain if there was a correlation or not.
The tags and lists from the original MnPALS Plus were migrated and merged to the new MnPALS Plus on Tuesday June 18th.
If you had tags and lists on both machines, the results were merged together.
The newer version of MnPALS Plus allows you to have multiple named lists. The older version did not. When bringing over the old lists the name was defaulted to 'My Favorites'. You can edit the list by selecting the list and then clicking on 'edit list'
On Tuesday, April 30, the MnPALS Plus Working Group had a very productive meeting discussing recommendations of member libraries and postings to the PALS Forum regarding the new version of MnPALS Plus.