jrochkind++ # very cool, and
wickr++ # for the assist.
beyond my personal use, this will be my first suggestion for a lot of
my colleagues' questions/etc. cheers.
On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 9:46 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> (PS: Thanks a lot to ryan wick for spending time helping to get a reasonable
> ruby environment installed on the code4lib.org server, so I could then get
> my scripting done quickly and pleasantly.)
> On 10/6/2011 9:35 PM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
>> So I was in #code4lib, and skome asked about ideas for library hours. And
>> I recalled that there have been at least two articles in the C4L Journal on
>> this topic, so suggested them.
>> Then I realized that there's enough body of work in the Journal to be
>> worth searching there whenever you have an "ideas for dealing with X"
>> question. You might not find anything, but I think there's enough chance you
>> will, illustrated by that encounter with skome.
>> Then I realized it's not just the journal -- what about a Google Custom
>> Search that searches over the Journal, the Code4Lib wiki, the Code4Lib
>> website, and perhaps most interestinly -- all the sites listed in Planet
>> Then I made it happen. Cause it seemed interesting and I'm a
>> perfectionist, I even set things up so a cronjob automatically syncs the
>> list of sites in the Planet with the Google custom search every night.
>> The Planet stuff ends up potentially being a lot of noise -- I tried to
>> custom 'boost' stuff from the Journal, but I'm not sure it worked. But I did
>> configure things with facet-like limits including a "just the planet" limit,
>> if you do want that. But even though it's sometimes a lot of noise, it's
>> also potentially the most interesting/useful part of the search, otherwise
>> it'd pretty much just be a Journal search, but now it includes a bunch of
>> people's blogs, as well as other sites deemed of interest to Code4Lib
>> community (including a couple other open source library tech journals) --
>> without any extra curatorial work, just using the list already compiled for
>> the Planet.
>> I'm curious what people think of it. Try some searches for library tech
>> questions or information and see how good your results are. If people find
>> this useful, I'll try to include it on the main code4lib.org webpage in some
>> prominent place, spruce up the look and feel etc. (Or try to draft someone
>> else to do that, I think my time to work on this might be _just_ about up
>> after staying until 9.30 hacking on this cause it seemed cool).