Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pop-Up Libraries

Chinatown Storefront Library from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

For a temporary space, they have beautiful fixtures.  Love the film they used on the window.  Forget pop-up retail (that's so 2004), temporary micro-niche libraries are the next big thing.

Skokie Public Library Staff Appreciation Video

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jarrod Beglinger

Image: Jarrod Beglinger's 45ยบ Chair & 10 Degree Stepstool

Jarrod's work is downright awesome. He's received some great press from Dwell, and he is looking to take his 10 Degree Stepstool from prototype to production. Check out his company's site at and head on over to Kickstarter to help him turn his 10 Degree Stepstool into production reality.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Google's Personalized Search: Is It Relevant?

Google announces that Personalized Search will now be default. That could be good, but that could also be bad.

I worry that, in Google's quest for relevant search results, it may be undermining what it is trying to develop--relevancy.

Say a student uses Google all the time to conduct research, but they do not critically evaluate the websites they use (i.e. they don't have good information literacy skills). Let's say the student pulls information from sites that do not have a vetting process. Google's Personalized Search will rank the student's usual sources over others like .edu sites. Furthermore, general users like our hypothetical student rarely go beyond the first page of results. Thus, Google reinforces the student's poor searching habits while the student believes they are obtaining relevant information. However, the information is not relevant if it is incorrect.

To opt out of personalized search, go here.

Friday, December 04, 2009