Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Gary's Latest Web Research Update

When Internet @ Schools West co-chair Susan Geiger introduced Gary Price yesterday afternoon, she said he had "librarianship in his blood."

Gary is not the most dynamic speaker at the conference, but he may be one of the most passionate. He believes in libraries and advocates for them.

If you don't subscribe to his weekly ResourceShelf newsletter, I will recommend it. (Another alternative is to set up an RSS feed for it! My notes from Steven Cohen's presentation on RSS feeds will be posted here soon.) It's unlikely that you'll use every resource Gary mentions, but some can be passed along to dazzle library customers, students, teachers, and/or administrators.

Gary likes to proactively build online collections. In a recent ResourceShelf newsletter, I discovered that he's been collecting free sources for audio books. I bookmarked most of them. I'm certain this collection will be a gold mine some day soon.

In addition to ResourceShelf, Gary offers DocuTicker, another free online service where he collects primary documents from government sites and other locations.

Gary also serves as the Director of Online Resources at He's made a great contribution to this search engine. If you haven't searched it since the Ask Jeeves days, go back and try it again. Note for elementary librarians: Gary announces at the end of his presentation that a new Ask for Kids will be available soon.

The podcast of Gary's presentation is here. (Please be patient -- Gary does get closer to the mic after the first minute.) You'll find the links to the resources that Gary mentions during the presentation here.

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