LISZEN Search 2.0 Plugin (click on link to install) has been released today. Any previous versions of the Plugin will no longer work. The update is necessary for a minor change in the structure of the search engine- switched from an HTML to a PHP extension. The Plugin remains compatible with Firefox 2.0+ and IE7.
With the new structure you can expect improvements to the LISZEN results page in the near future. You will notice that the “white space” at the end of a search result has been eliminated (a common complaint). I apologize for any inconvenience.
A discussion on censorship through the Pelham Public Library, Fonthill, Ontario. A comprehensive list of “banned book” sites and resources for the novel “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury can be found on the sidebar.
I continue to be amazed at the number of quality blogs that are emerging and feel extra special to be one of the first places people go to announce a new blog. Since it would be unfair to keep all these phenomenal blogs to myself I plan on providing “highlighted blogs” with each monthly update. Enjoy!
I know I’m a day late in saying welcome, but that’s how life has been with finals week at Wayne State University. If your not sure what the welcome is all about, go read “Custom Zen: Enlightened Information Retrieval” by Teresa Koltzenburg. I had the honor of speaking with Teresa about the past, present and future of LISZEN. I’d tell more, but the interview does it all for me.
Update: This is now an open beta. So, what are you waiting for get over to LISZEN: Trends
The newest tool from Library Zen is here! LISZEN: Trends takes care of everything that LISZEN search lacks. While the LISZEN search is more of an archival tool for finding older information, LISZEN: Trends is meant to be a social tool for sharing new information.
I believe both tools will be equally useful, but want some more input before I mark it ready for everyone. So, starting today you may get a sneak peak of LISZEN: Trends by submitting your email below. You will receive an email within 10 minutes with directions to access the site.
Please note that signing up does have some strings attached. You will be asked to perform a few tasks and provide some feedback. It should only take around 15 – 30 minutes to complete.
The “sneak peak” of LISZEN: Trends will be available at 5:00 p.m. [EST] today. In anticipation of this, here is a little bit of information on the new project.
If you are familiar with Digg then you are already well on your way to understanding what LISZEN: Trends is all about. LISZEN: Trends uses Pligg (a content management system based off of Digg), which allows users to add and vote on content.
Below is a brief rundown of the basics:
Submitting an article is as easy as posting the story link, and adding your own notes to the story. Below is a picture of Step 1:
After submission, the story stays in “Queued News” until enough users vote on the story as being noteworthy.
Once enough users vote, the story switches to “Published News” and appears on the home page of LISZEN: Trends.
If you are interested in seeing LISZEN: Trends first hand, be sure to come back at 5 p.m. [EST]. All that is required is a valid email that can be used to send access instruction. Oh, and before anyone asks… RSS Feeds are included!
Even more exciting than LISZEN: Trends are the possibilities such a content management system has. In the next 2 months I would love to see a library use this technology to announce new books. Where the links would take the patron directly to the book in the library catalog and patrons could vote and/or comment on every title.
So, to all those innovative libraries: on your mark, get set, go…
Also, congrats to librarytwopointzero for pretty much hitting the nail on the head with the post on LISZEN: Trends. Stay tuned as more details on LISZEN: Trends will be released before the “sneak peak” on 11-22-06.
I just received my weekly ALA Direct email and noticed that LISZEN is mentioned! Now all I can do is brace for the rush and hope the server behaves. I wanted to inform everyone on the situation in case you see unexpected down time.
For first time visitors:
Be sure to go to the LISZEN page for your
IE7 and Firefox 2.0 plug-in and other information.
If you would like to submit your blog to LISZEN, please add
your site to the Wiki and then submit your blog to me.
Be sure to check back on November 22nd
as I prepare to unveil LISZEN: Trends.
Work on LISZEN caused me to forgo the Purple Library Series post again on Sunday (sorry). I have a draft in progress but I’ve been stretching out my time between the numerous LISZEN submissions, a number of school projects, and work. I want everyone to know that if they have sent in a submission it has been added to the search engine. However, I am running behind on getting them to the LISZEN Wiki. Below are a few other updates I wanted to mention:
New Submission Process
Currently, when submitting a link all one has to do is provide their site information and I do the rest. Soon I will begin asking that others put their site in the LISZEN Site Wiki before submitting. This will allow for quicker turnaround on newly added sites. This is not yet required but if you are reading this consider doing so before submitting a new site.
Collaboration Recognition Project (24/24)
In an effort to rally the troops to tag/delete/edit current sites in LISZEN I want talk about the “what’s in it for you” aspect. LISZEN receives over 400 unique users a day and continues to grow. I am looking for individuals to go over a mere 24 sites. In return your library blog will receive 24 hours of linkage from LISZEN (http://www.liszen.com). If you are a new to the blog sphere and want to gain some traffic be sure to get in on project. I will be giving more information in the coming weeks, but you can email me if you’d like to be notified directly when the time comes.
LISZEN: Trends (The Best for Last)
LISZEN is more of a library community archival tool than a source for new information. So why not create something that allows users to submit and vote on content in order to create a real-time/social library tool? That’s were LISZEN: Trends comes into play. I spent last weekend tweaking LISZEN: Trends and want some user input before it’s released. On November 22nd at 5 p.m. [EST] a form will be posted allowing users to request a sneak peak. You will have until midnight on November 28th to play with the site and follow a small set of testing instructions.
That’s all for now… and as always input rocks my world (so drop me a line).
…As long as you’ve upgraded to the newest browser, that is. As many already know, LISZEN was getting some DNS hiccups out of the way on Monday and Tuesday, but everything is now good to go with new improvements:
Before the DNS transfer, LISZEN only showed (liszen.com) in the address bar. Now full links will appear, allowing you to send searches to whoever you want. I hope the added improvement makes up for the 2 days of troubles. I think this may, also, fix the Firefox 126.96.36.199 error (can anyone confirm this?).
Searching Even More Blogs
In less than a week I’ve personally added a number of blogs submitted. Many of the submissions were from all over the world. There have been a total of 21 additional blogs added! This brings the number up to 551 blogs as of this post.
Currently, all searchable blogs on LISZEN are in one clump. This will change in the future with the release of “refinements” within searches. Refinements will allow users to choose to look through all blogs, individual blogs, institutional blogs, or special library blogs. This means lots of weeding, tagging, and importing of additional (academic and special library) blogs will need to be done and I’m accepting volunteers.
I’d like to hear any and all thoughts on refinements. The categories are not set in stone and input is appreciated!