Friday, September 27, 2019

Liaising and library instruction

What can we give up as we move forward in liaising?

As I've been teaching this semester, demonstrating how our unified search box and the various databases deal with whole sentences, I've noticed that most deal quite well with complete questions now. Vendors are mimicking "Hey Siri (or) Google" as best they can. I see that when we clean up a search to just the keywords, and apply truncation and synonyms, we still get better results, however. I think that we'll be able to give up teaching Boolean connectors in the near future.