Help build a library question and answer custom search

June 17, 2008 by
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Daniel and I were talking yesterday about his new blog at the Alaska State Library. We thought it’d be a great idea to build a Questions and Answer Google Custom Search aimed at indexing library blogs that post answered reference questions. Think about having 1 search interface to all of the library answer sites on the internet? It’d be better than MetaFilter and put together!

So far we’ve got 5 sites in the custom search: Reference Question of the WeekHomeless Law Blog, Radical Reference, Stanford Library Information Center, and Since You Asked.

We think this has potential to show off librarian expertise and librarian selected resources. If you are blogging your reference questions and answers in a way that preserves patron privacy, please leave us a comment or email us (admin AT freegovinfo DOT info) the link to your blog. If you’re not currently doing something like this, but plan to, would you let us know that as well?

This search engine is not specifically focused on documents, but it would be great to have docs Q&A’s represented. Here’s hoping you can help.


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