Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.
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The Big Free Three for News: Executive SummaryWednesday, 26th September 2012
Bing News, Google News and Yahoo! News are three familiar, free search tools which aggregate news content from a wide variety of web sources. They cover content from many of the same sources - yet each has its own unique strengths and drawbacks. This special review of the "big free three" looks at sources, search options, outputs, alerts and mobile access - as well as important information to know about the terms & conditions of the usage of the content. This is the information that researchers need to know.
The Big Free Three for News: Caveat SearcherWednesday, 26th September 2012
Using free news search engines for business research has risk related to usage of the content provided by those search engines. Some organisations have explicit policies forbidding workers to use the likes of Google News, Yahoo! News and Bing News to conduct business research. Robin Neidorf and Africa Hands provide a close reading of the terms and conditions laid out by each service provider to better define the actual risks at stake.
The Big Free Three for News: MobileWednesday, 26th September 2012
Users are increasingly getting their news on mobile devices. How do the "big free three" stack up in this area - both in content and options for sharing news? Africa Hands looks at similarities and differences.
The Big Free Three for News: Search and OutputWednesday, 26th September 2012
A main difference in using the news search engines is the results are from news specific sources rather than the more general websites indexed by the larger search engine's databases. Advanced search, sharing and alert options can vary significantly - all important components for researchers. Africa Hands and Robin Neidorf share their findings.
The Big Free Three for News: User InterfaceTuesday, 25th September 2012
Of the big three, users have a choice of interface, with Bing and Google offering the most white space and a clean simple design for easier viewing. Yahoo! News is graphics intensive. Reviewer Africa Hands discusses other interface differences, as well as related results, personalisation, and languages and regions covered.
The Big Free Three for News: Sources, Coverage and ContentTuesday, 25th September 2012
Business news available through Google, Yahoo! and Bing varies based on both the underlying sources and the algorithms used to search, organise and deliver results.
The Big Free Three for News: Introduction and FreePint's ViewTuesday, 25th September 2012
The big three in news search -- Bing, Yahoo! and Google -- are likely part of the daily workflow for nearly every knowledge worker. For individuals, each provides strengths and weaknesses. For organisations, it's essential to understand what workers are turning to, in order to direct education and manage risks.
Government approved appsThursday, 10th May 2012
According to a recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the number of US adult cellphone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone has nearly doubled over the past two years. We can all agree that there is no shortage of apps available in the marketplace.
Need anytime, anywhere access to official government data? There's an app for thatThursday, 10th May 2012
We can all agree that there is no shortage of apps available in the marketplace. With such a wide variety of apps on the market and untold numbers of developers, it's important that information workers use quality, reputable apps especially when relying on the app for data, news and information to be reported to clients. Not all are essential to the information professional's toolbox; the following apps are a good start for on-the-go access to data and historical information reported by government agencies.
Diversify your business networking with these LinkedIn alternativesMonday, 2nd April 2012
Just as Google isn’t the only search engine, YouTube isn’t the only source for online videos and Twitter isn’t the only option for microblogging, LinkedIn isn’t the only social networking source for business and professional interaction. The LinkedIn alternatives presented below may be just the ticket to diversifying your networking strategy.
This week's recommended readingFriday, 30th March 2012
This post highlights another week of articles on web strategy, intranet management, search and information resources tweeted and retweeted by FUMSI contributing editors.
No Statistical Abstract? Get CreativeWednesday, 21st March 2012
Last year a bill was passed that, in effect, reduced the U.S. Government Printing Office’s budget. As a result, the U.S. Census Bureau would cease data collection for the Statistical Compendia program. The Nebraska Library Commission through its NCompass Live weekly online series, presented a webinar with James Shaw, “Learning to Live Without a Statistical Abstract”.
A look at a week of FUMSI tweetsTuesday, 20th March 2012
As information professionals we're sharing a wide range of articles and resources on Twitter. Here's a bit of what FUMSI editors shared this week.
Weather watching via TwitterWednesday, 7th March 2012
Last week’s powerful storms that devastated parts of the Midwest and South USA were widely reported in real time on Twitter and other social media outlets. Create a Twitter list of these accounts, and others specific to your organisation and location, for up to the minute information.
Reaching your intended audienceWednesday, 29th February 2012
New information professionals struggle with the decision whether or not to specialise and narrow their target client base to one or two particular niches. Once the decision has been made, you must then find the clients. LinkedIn Answers and tweet chats provide not only spaces to interact virtually with potential clients but also opportuntities to listen to conversations related to your field of interest.
Upcoming conferences for information professionalsMonday, 27th February 2012
Conferences provide a refreshing opportunity to step away from our daily information work to network with other information professionals, expand our skill set and, for some, to give back to the profession through presentations. If you have a substantial professional development budget and flexible travel schedule, you may be fortunate enough to attend several of the conferences listed.
Enterprise microblogging solutions offer a private place for open communicationThursday, 23rd February 2012
The popularity of Twitter, with its fast, easy way of communicating with the masses, caught on quickly bringing microblogging to the social media spotlight. However, the ability to communicate via Twitter may not be adequate for enterprise communications. Enter enterprise microblogging solutions.
Collaborative learning through codingFriday, 17th February 2012
Information professionals never have been a group to shy away from professional development. This year, the library and information community is taking on, in large numbers, the challenge of learning to code.
Scientific research news for non-scientistsThursday, 16th February 2012
Covering science and technology, society and culture, health and medicine, and earth and environment, Futurity aggregates research news and presents it in an appealing lay person-friendly tone. Articles highlight recent scientific discoveries with most of the news articles linking to the original published study.
You do what exactly?Friday, 3rd February 2012
Usually 30-60 seconds in length, the elevator pitch is thought to be one of the most important tools used to describe what you or your business does. How do information professionals describe their work? How do you plant the seed of curiosity?
Keeping up with conferences via appsMonday, 30th January 2012
One way to build conference excitement and keep attendees abreast of happenings is through conference apps. While one app cannot meet the needs of all attendees, several apps used together help professionals stay connected at the conference and with clients back home.
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Reports by Africa S. Hands:
FreePint Report: Review of The Big Free Three for NewsWednesday, 26th September 2012
Bing News, Google News and Yahoo! News are three familiar, free search tools which aggregate news content from a wide variety of web sources. They cover content from many of the same sources - yet each has its own unique strengths and drawbacks. This special review of the "big free three" looks...
"Remote Information Teams"
If you're newly remote, you may feel like you've been thrown into a mysterious culture where you sort of speak the language but sort of not. Use Jinfo's "Focus on Remote Information Teams" to become fluent: