Fan Zhang joined the Technical Operations and Services unit at PALS on May 28. Fan has a very impressive academic record. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing and M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers, as well as a M.S. in Materials Science from Penn State. His work experience includes programming for Swiss Re where he worked on quantitative analysis of stock market pricing, volatility and risk analysis.
Our next PALSdiscover Office Hour will feature 360 Link training, and will be held on Thursday, January 16th, 1 pm. Kevin Lane-Cummings of Serials Solutions will be leading the training and we will be using Serials Solutions' WebEx system for the conference call instead of our usual Adobe Connect session. The WebEx connection information and other details on this session be found in the PALS Forum at https://www.mnpals.org/forum/index.php?topic=2080.0
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.