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Planning the World From My Shower

While showering (which is when most of my wild ideas get hatched) I wondered about integrating the catalog and other library resources into my students’ workflow. If we ever get our research portal up and running I’d love to have a firefox extension built into the lab computers that would put “Search the Libe” or “Libe It” (here on campus our library is referred to as “The Libe”) into the Firefox browser search box. I’d like to get “Libe It” into right-click menus all over the place!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could “Libe It” from a document you’re authoring, and a little application would run to analyze your document and suggest search terms? And maybe it could even presearch some databases to point you toward those databases that might be fruitful?

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  1. Mark Mark

    What is it about showers and ideas? My mind often goes into some weird overdrive in the shower.

    Glad to know it isn’t just me for some reason. ;)

    Interesting search ideas!

  2. Iris Iris

    I was telling one of my co-workers about this idea, and it turns out she was way ahead of me. She’s got a student who’s developing a firefox extension that will add an item to the right-click menue so that you can highlight text, right click, and do a keyword, author, or title search in our catalog. It’s not exactly what I was thinking of, but an aweful lot closer to reality than my shower dreaming!

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