Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Case Study No. 0163: Tom Larsen, Rocco Staino, Janice Perrier, Bob Brault, and Joy Hanson

Librarians and Google: Tips of the Trade
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["Google Earth" appears on screen, as the scene opens with Tom Larsen (Penfield Library, State University of New York, Oswego NY) speaking directly to the camera]
TOM: I use Google Earth in a class that I teach on Global Studies 100, "London: A Global City," which is taught through our Global Studies program on this campus.
[cut to a scene of Tom in his classroom, as Google Earth is project onto the whiteboard behind him]
TOM: [in voice over] Google Earth is a product that allows one to not only see the city, but to become oriented to the city. It clearly displays bus routes. London Underground stops are clearly visible.
[cut back to Tom speaking directly to the camera]
TOM: And Google Earth is a product that students are happy to use to learn about visiting London.
["Google Web Search" appears on screen, as Rocco Staino (Keefe Library, North Salem Middle High School, North Salem NY) speaks directly to the camera]
ROCCO: I've been a library media specialist for over thirty years, and every day we are bombarded with questions from students, faculty and staff.
[cut to Rocco walking through his library and looking over books on the shelves]
ROCCO: [in voice over] And recently, I had a sixth grade teacher who was looking for an age-appropriate play about the Middle Ages.
[cut to Rocco in his office looking at the computer]
ROCCO: [in voice over] I just happened to be sitting at my computer, and Google was on the screen.
[he types "Middle Ages play scripts" into the Google search bar]
ROCCO: [in voice over] And with a few key words, I found the play, "The Quixote Kid."
[cut back to Rocco speaking directly to the camera]
ROCCO: So, the play was produced here at North Salem, and the kids enjoyed it, the parents appreciated it, and I had a happy sixth grade teacher.
["Google Book Search" appears on screen, as Janice Perrier (Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna NJ) speaks directly to the camera]
JANICE: The story I wrote into Google Book Search was the story about a college student who was home for the weekend, who was here to do research on a paper on juvenile delinquency in London in the mid-nineteenth century. Now, Roxbury Public Library is a typical suburban library. We have lots of cookbooks, car repair manuals, Danielle Steele books, James Patterson books. We don't have any books at all on juvenile deliquency in London in the mid-nineteenth century.
[cut to a closeup of her computer screen, with search results for "Juvenile Delinquency London date: 1850-1870" in Google Book Search]
JANICE: [in voice over] But I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out Google Book Search and show her how it works. We plugged in a few key search words. Within a few seconds, we had a list of books.
[cut to a closeup of Google's scan for "Juvenile Crime, Its Causes, Character, and Cure" by Samuel Phillips Daye]
JANICE: [in voice over] Going down the list, she found one book that was held at Harvard University Library, and within minutes was actually reading the book online.
["Google Web Search" appears on screen, as Bob Brault (formerly of Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indianapolis IN) speaks directly to the camera]
BOB: Well, a student came in looking for an album, a vinyl record album for his parents. And all he had was a lyric, which I typed into Google. And looking down, about the third hit gave me the results that I was looking for. It was the name of the album, which was "Farewell to Aldebaran." And I gave it to him, and he went out and got it on eBay, and they were just ... they were tickled pink.
["Google Web Search" appears on screen, as Joy Hanson (Duke University School of Law Library) speakes directly to the camera]
JOY: One time, a cite checker was looking for a trial court filing from the state of Alaska, and they'd used some traditional print and online databases to search for this thing for hours and they couldn't find it.
[cut to Joy typing at her computer]
JOY: [in voice over] So she shot me an email and luckily, using Google, I was able to find it in less than five minutes.
[cut back to Joy speaking directly to the camera]
JOY: But I waited about twenty minutes or so before I emailed the student back, so they would think it was much more difficult than it actually was ...
[she laughs]
JOY: And she wrote back to me "Thanks Joy, you rock!" And my job doesn't get much better than that ... I can't imagine research life without Google.

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In April we launched the "Tips of the Trade" campaign, inviting you to send us your tips, ideas, and stories about innovative ways you've used Google tools to help your patrons find the information they're looking for. At ALA 2006, we premiered the result: a short film highlighting a few of these stories, starring the librarians who sent them to us. You can view the movie online at: librariancenter/ librarian_movies.html

And if you're interested in hearing even more stories from your fellow librarians, you can read a selection of terrific anecdotes we weren't able to feature in the movie: librariancenter/ librarian_tot.html

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