Tales from the Terminal Room issue 101 available

Tales from the Terminal Room, issue number 101 now available at http://www.rba.co.uk/tfttr/archives/2012/may2012.shtml

Most of the information in this newsletter will already have appeared in this  blog, the exception being the Twitter Notes.

In this month’s issue:

  • Search tools
    • Workshop: Beating Google into submission (Reading)
    • Order matters with Google advanced search
    • Use more than Google
  • 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Personalised vs non-personalised search – a word cloud comparison
  • Business Information Workshop – Top Tips
  • Useful industry information guides from the British Library BIPC
  • Twitter Notes

Workshop: Beating Google into submission (Reading)

A reminder that I am running an advanced search workshop concentrating on Google on June 28th, venue Reading University.

Topics will include:

– how Google works – what Google tells us and what we have to guess
– latest developments at Google- what’s gone, what’s new, impact on search results
– how Google customises your results and can you stop it?
– how to focus your search and control Google
– Google’s specialist tools and databases
– what Google is good at and when you should consider alternatives

You will have ample opportunity to experiment and try out the techniques for yourself. Exercises are provided to help you test out the search features but you are free to explore and try out searches of your own.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. The techniques and approaches covered can be applied to all subject areas.

Cost: £150 +VAT (Total £180). A limited number of places for unwaged and students are available; please contact karen.blakeman@rba.co.uk for further details.

Full details are at Beating Google into submission: how to get better search results http://www.rba.co.uk/training/Google.htm

Workshop and presentation given at the 11th SAOIM June 5th-8th

The slides for the workshop and presentation I gave at the 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting are now up on authorSTREAM and Slideshare.

Personalisation of search: take back control




Personalisation of search: take back control – ADDENDUM

Answers to some of the questions that arose during the workshop




The future of search: localisation, personalisation and socialisation



Tweets from #saoim – Southern African Online Information Meeting

I had a fantastic week at SAOUG’s 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (#saoim) this week. I gave a workshop and a keynote conference paper (details to follow in a separate post) but did not tweet as much as I usually do mainly because I was so busy talking to people and making new friends. The conference programme was excellent and I picked up many new ideas that I’m going to work on over the next few months. SAOUG (Southern African Online User Group) who had organised the meeting had also set up a group of social media reporters whose responsibilities were to tweet and blog the event. They did a great job and on one of the main conference days #saoim was trending on Twitter in South Africa!

If you are quick you can see some of the #saoim tweets by searching http://search.twitter.com/ or http://www.bing.com/social. For a more permanent record I have created PDF Tweetdocs for each of the days of the conference and for the pre and post conference workshops. Tweetdoc (http://www.tweetdoc.org/) imposes a limit of 500 tweets per document so for two of the days there may be some tweets missing. The documents are as follows:

4th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46755/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(1)

5th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46756/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(2)

6th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46758/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(3)

7th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46760/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(4)

8th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46761/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(5)

9th June 2012 http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/46762/Southern-African-Online-Information-Meeting-(6)