Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Free Fodor's Online Guide to New Orleans

Are any of you going to ALA this June in New Orleans?

Then you might be interesested in downloading Fodor's free guide to New Orleans at http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=new_orleans@110&cur_section=ove .

It includes post-Katrina information about the city.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

New Search Engine: UJIKO

This new search engine is a lot of fun and has an amazing interface. Check UJIKO out at:


For a description of the search engine, see: Vage, Lars. Kartoo presents new exciting version of UJIKO. Pandia SearchEngine News, 2005 July 1. http://www.pandia.com/sw-2005/35.ujiko.html.

Searches in UJIKO have a video game element: each time you visit a new site, you are gaining one point of expertise. With every 10 points, you move to the next level. At each level, the search engine "mutates" --new buttons appear giving you access to advanced features (search video, images, news, encylopedia, advanced filters, animated skins, web archive, etc.). It also has a video game console appearance and you can customize the console's look. ( See http://www.ujiko.com/v2a/en_htm/skins.htm)

Despite its "gaming" appearance, UJIKO is based on Yahoo's search technology, so it indexes over 5 billion pages. After you reach "Level 10" you can extend the search into the Kartoo meta search engine.

By the way, if you haven't yet tried the Kartoo meta search engine yet, it is also worth a try. It is at http://www.kartoo.com/ . It is a meta search engine with another highly visual interface -- results appear on a map, instead of on a linear search results page. Found sites are represented by bigger or smaller labeled images, depending on their relevance (more relevant sites are larger on the map).

Monday, February 13, 2006

Library Resources for African-American History Month at BCTC

Bluegrass Communityand Technical College's LRC has resources available online to celebrate African-American History Month. Resources include bookmarks, web links, and bibliographies:

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Welcome to the KLA Academic Librarians Blog!

The 2006 Communication Committee of the Academic Section of KLA invites you to participate in the new KLA Academic Librarians Blog!

Please post any:
  • newsworthy library events that you want to talk about
  • upcoming celebrations that you want to publicize
  • useful tips or information that you have discovered as a KY Academic Librarian
  • insightful observations about working in the academic library environment

Be sure to bookmark this site: http://academiclibrariansKLA.blogspot.com and revisit it often for the latest KLA Academic Section news!