Library Technology Guides had a great post on the various applications of open content sources. For instance, being able to do a federated search that retrieves results from the web as well as your collection. If a student has a general idea of what they would like to research they can simply type in their query and retrieve results that include free e books, articles from journals your library subscribes to and entries from online encyclopedias. I think this may increase the possibility of “information overload” but thats where reference and instruction librarians come in. With more and more information so readily available, there is a responsibility for librarians to teach students to recognize relevant and credible information. The article also has a link to Index Data’s MasterKey search tool which takes advantage of open content. Try it out!
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