LibWorm-Fu for Beginners

I’m been really tickled lately to see bibliobloggers using LibWorm to keep track of conversation on particular topics in the biblioblogosphere. This post will give a little detail on how to do that most effectively.

Important: You might have noticed your existing search-based feeds from LibWorm behaving a little strangely while we made changes that enable search-generated feeds to work better (This is why it is called a “beta.” We’re still identifying bugs while expanding features).

AAP and Open Access
Iris at Pegasus Librarian has been blogging on the topic of the American Association of Publishers and Open Access, wants others to follow the news, and suggests using LibWorm to do it.

Here’s the query Iris uses:

+(aap “association of american publishers”) +”open access”

It produces these search results, and provides this feed that you can subscribe to in order to follow new comments in the ongoing blogversation.

(Iris also gives us great feedback as a LibWorm user on what works and what doesn’t- we’re so grateful that she shares her observations with us. Thank you, Iris!)

European Digital Library/Bibliothèque Numérique Européenne
A French blog, Numismatique Médiévale, talks about the difficulties in searching for the same topic in different languages (“european digital library” vs. “bibliothèque numérique européenne”), and offers two queries in LibWorm for seeking information about Bibliothèque Numérique Européenne.

Here’s a single query that’ll allow users to search LibWorm for mentions of this organization in both languages simultaniously, either in full name or abbreviation:

“Bibliothèque numérique européenne” BNUE “European Digital Library” EDL

This query provides these search results and this feed that users can subscribe to.

(Tangential question for LibWorm users: Should the European Digital Library have its own subject feed in LibWorm?)

How about you?
What are you using LibWorm to search for or track? What conversations are going on in the biblioblogosphere that you think others should be following? Please leave a comment and let us know.

Stay tuned:
If it isn’t yet clear how we used ” “, +, and () above, we’ll help clear that up in a post later this week. Those of you already familiar with MySQL search operators, however, should feel free to go crazy making elaborate and specific feeds from LibWorm with them.

Questions? Suggestions?

2 thoughts on “LibWorm-Fu for Beginners

  1. My purpose was not clear enough : the problem is not to find “everything about a project of an european digital library”, the problem (for me) is that the project in french is not the same one as the project in english. But your explanations and your query is very interesting.

  2. Well, I feel foolish now. Regardless, thanks for clearing that up, Lully. 🙂

    (How do you say “anglophonic doofus” in french?)