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Free CyberTours @ CIL

We have a great selection of short information sessions, CyberTours, scheduled in the exhibit hall at Computers in Libraries 2009 on Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31 at the Crystal City Hyatt.  Get a free exhibit hall pass and hear our interesting and information speakers.  Check here for a complete list of speakers, topics and times.

She's From the Government and…

 Joking that she’s from the government and she’s here to help, Donna Scheeder, who’s at the Law Library at the Library of Congress, ran her Cybertour on government information from her iGoogle page. The government is blogging; the blogs are listed at GovGab ( is written by librarians. Donna also recommends using the government’s widgets and gadgets on your library’s websites. Members of Congress are using Twitter. Capitol Tweets  follows who’s twittering. There’s a citywide data warehouse for DC . Other cities have this, too. The government has free ringtones. 2009 will see a government transition and the teams have set up a wiki to manage the process. Want to work for the government? Look at GovCentral. The Library of Congress puts podcasts on the web that you can download. tracks money and politics. Opensecrets has information on money and politics. You can add this widget to your website. The Smithsonian also has blogs. They’ve also got a Smithsonian community. She’s ending the tour with the government’s main page,

Marydee Ojala

Business Info Online

Mary Ellen Bates did a Cybertour in the Exhibit Hall this morning on Business Info Online: Super Searcher Strategies. It’s hard to be comprehensive when you only have 15 minutes, but Mary Ellen did it with ease. She talked about SEC EDGAR filings, market research reports, corporate blogs and podcasts, government agencies, LinkedIn, and CEO Express. She ended by recommending that searchers "look sideways." Ask who cares about your topic. View results in reverse chronological order rather than relevancy ranked to identify  future disruptive technologies. Use market research for forecasts, government sources for retrospective.

Marydee Ojala