Development of Web-based IR Systems: A Review

Information retrieval (IR) has traditionally been the domain of librarians and information professionals. IR systems have been used almost exclusively by such search experts for several reasons, such as the number of search systems available, cost, and the complexity of use requiring command language searching. However, with the rapid growth of the Internet, together with tools like World Wide Web (also known as WWW, or simply the Web), there have been significant changes and improve­ments in online information ...

Continue Reading →
0

Silence is golden to librarians and booksellers.

That’s one of several concerns librarians have with a provision in the USA Patriot Act, passed by Congress last year in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It gives the FBI authority to search library and bookstore circulation records and, where applicable, Internet user records, in an investigation of international terrorism or for other intelligence probes.

Unlike most search warrants, the FBI doesn’t have to show evidence of wrongdoing or that ...

Continue Reading →
0