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Apr 18, 2005
In his March 14, 2005 Alertbox article Lower-Literacy Users, Jakob Nielsen reports that the reading behaviors of lower-literacy users is different from higher-literacy users and offers up some suggestions for website designers.
Mar 24, 2005
I received an email from a library student, Jennifer Meharg, in the U.K. who found that libraries in her part of the world were not filtering according to their Internet Use Policy. She suggested her findings suggested my "half-empty" analysis was probably closer to the truth (see Filter Effectiveness - Who Cares?).
Mar 22, 2005
I've made some improvements to the libraryfiltering.org page that I hope you'll check out. It ain't perfect by any means but I hope you'll find it more useful.
The most important change is that you can now select the filters you want to compare AND the filter features you want to compare, then display it all in one view.
Mar 17, 2005
Mar 15, 2005
In the December, 2004 issue of Information Technology and Libraries Ed: broken link removed 2011, Holly Yu and Margo Young report that web searching is changing our user's expectation of how the OPAC works. Specifically, they report that users typically type two terms in the search box, have an average of two queries per session, don't use complex query syntax and don't want to view more than ten documents in a result list.
Mar 5, 2005
Mar 3, 2005
From RFID in Libraries, Laura Smart writes:
The California Senate has had the first reading of bill SB 682, the identity Information Protection Act of 2005.
The legislation would make it a misdemeanor to include a ?contactless integrated circuit or other device that can broadcast personal information? on any government issued ID card.
The bill Ed: broken link removed 2011 contains this excerpt:
Jan 24, 2005
Well, here's a new one for me: podcasting. According to Wikipedia, podcasting is when you make a radio program available for downloading to portable devices such as iPods. Get it? iPod + webcast = podcast.
Jan 7, 2005
I'm a big fan of Steve Krug's book, Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. I'm feeling pretty guilty that I just purchased five copies of his book for my co-workers without visting his site first which would have resulted in him getting a hefty kickback from Amazon (via their Associate's program). Oh well.
Nov 29, 2004
At the California Library Association's Annual Conference, I moderated a panel of RFID vendors entitled "The Vendors Answer the Tough Questions."
The format was a pointed Q&A by me followed by some questions from the audience. In anticipation of the questions I posed to the panel members, I had sent each panelist the same set of questions and told them that, based on their responses, I would be picking who the respondent for that question would be.