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The truth about students and search?

The truth about search seems to be more astonishing than anything you could imagine. Lin Lin, EBSCO Senior User Experience Researcher, talking at the UKeiG Annual Meeting last week, provided some startling revelations, drawing on EBSCO’s wide experience of observing search behaviour with students ranging …

The seven classic books about computing

Library Image by Dmitrij Paskevic (CC0)

The books I’m thinking about might not be quite as old as the ones in the photo, but at least some of them will have I hope the patina of age. One of the slightly poignant aspects of working in computing is that the skills …

RefME and the principle of One Click

It is common knowledge that sales of compact digital cameras have fallen in recent years.  A fascinating graphic on PetaPixel shows clearly how digital cameras first replaced the analogue camera market, but then in turn have seen sales falling since around 2009 – by some …

Don’t make me think! Revisited

This is the latest in a series looking at classic technology titles. For another example click here


Don't Make me Think, original cover


Don’t Make me Think! That title! There are few examples in publishing of a book title catching your attention and at the same time summarising …

Scribd: how to recreate the circulating library in digital form

Scribd puts me in mind of the circulating library. Early in the 20th century, many people consumed fiction from a circulating library – simply another name for a private library. Users were charged a fee for the privilege of borrowing books from the library. Instead of …

The Lean Startup, or how the best entrepreneurs don’t listen to customers


“We really did have customers in those early days— true visionary early adopters— and we often talked to them and asked for their feedback. But we emphatically did not do what they said.” This startling admission appears in the first page of The Lean

Wiley’s Big Bang

Big Bang is certainly the way to describe it:  At the Mark Logic London User Group, Freddie Quek of Wiley described how Wiley achieved their “big bang”, the project to redevelop what had been known as Wiley InterScience and created the Wiley Online Library. It …

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