September 28, 2016

Joyce Valenza Shares a Secret Search Tool



Joyce Valenza knows a thing or two about search. But the techie teacher librarian, it seems, has happened upon something new. Recently she’s tried an overlooked feature of one of her favorite resources, LibGuides, to access the best resources via the expert hive.

Here’s the post on her SLJ blog NeverEndingSearch:


When it comes to search, your favorite search engine and your favorite databases may not necessarily be the right places to launch inquiry.

And when it comes to curating, I’ve recently discovered I don’t have to do it all myself. I do not have the knowledge, or power, or talents, or time.

Neither do you.

Lately, I find myself using LibGuides in ways never expected.


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