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December 15, 2008


Search optimization has to be seen in a different perspective for academic and special collections libraries. There are lots of collections of interesting stuff that use highly esoteric jargon which is not at all what people who are non-specialists who are searching will find. The role of the intermediary (whether it be a librarian or a thesaurus designer) is to connect the jargon with the popular phrases so that when I e.g. look for "bus tracking systems" I find somewhere in there the 1000s of pieces of the literature on "intelligent vehicle location", none of which mention bus tracking at all.

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