“Internet users are extremely positive about search engines and the experiences they have when searching the internet. But these same satisfied internet users are generally unsophisticated about why and how they use search engines. They are also strikingly unaware of how search engines operate and how they present their results.”
“Internet users trust their favorite search engines, but few say they are aware of the financial incentives that affect how search engines perform and how they present their search results.”
These are some of the findings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project: Search Engine Users report, released Jan. 23, 2005.
Goldilocks and the three bears : told in Signed English: New book in the library! The well-known tale about the little girl who wanders through the woods and disturbs the house of the three bears, accompanied by diagrams showing how to form the Signed English signs for each word of the text
Women Working, 1870 – 1930 provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard’s library and museum collections. This collection explores women’s roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented. The collection currently contains 2,317 books and pamphlets, 1,000 photographs, and 5,000 pages from manuscript collections.
1960s civil rights leader James Forman passed away this week. This Chicago native had a major impact on the civil rights movement including planning the march on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. The Moraine Valley Library has several works that include James Forman’s work.
Asia Quake Disaster: News, background, videos, analysis, eyewitness accounts, death tolls, survivors’ accounts, and more about the Southeast Asia earthquake and tsunami of December 2004. Includes information on individual countries with links to related news, message boards, and video clips. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). (foud via LII.org)
The Hajj Ending in Eid-ul-Adha: Background information about “Eid-ul-Adha (‘Celebration of Sacrifice’), also known as the Greater Eid, [which] is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca).” Includesclassroom activities and related links about the holiday, which is celebrated in January. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). (found via LII.org)
Citizen King: Companion site to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “explores the last five years in King’s life by drawing on the personal recollections and eyewitness accounts of friends, movement
associates, journalists, law enforcement officers, and historians, to illuminate this little-known chapter in the story of America’s most important and influential moral leader.” Includes interview, an opinion poll, links to timelines, maps, and a teacher’s guide. (from LII.org)
Asia Earthquake and Tsunamis : A collection of links related to the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia. Covers the welfare of U.S. citizens affected, general information and news, where and how to donate to relief programs, and general earthquake and tsunami information from government sites. From FirstGov.gov, the U.S. government’s official Web portal. (From LII.org)
With the onset of more winter weather, you may want to consult this Web site from the AAA Motor Club about winterizing your car.
On February 2nd, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Mary Mitchell will be coming to MVCC’s campus. You can visit her homepage on the Sun-Times’ Web site here.