Bing sponsors Internet Librarian 2010

Bing is sponsoring the 14th Annual Internet Librarian 2010 conference in Monterey, California, from October 25-27. 

Join us as we demo key Bing features we use as Microsoft research librarians.  We’ll also discuss information search trends over time, and we’ll tackle the challenges we encounter in educating patrons to think critically when validating resources and conducting research. 

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Bing will be sponsoring the Internet Café, and we’ll be on hand for live demos and give-aways in Booth #319. Stop by, check your email and Facebook, run a few searches in Bing, or just come keep us company.

We are participating in two sessions at the conference:

Monday, October 25, 2010
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM  

Bing: Under the Hood & Super Search Strategies

Gary Price, Founder and an editor of both ResourceShelf and DocuTicker, provides a guided tour of the features and benefits of Bing for searchers and then interviews Microsoft Library Program Managers who share more search secrets and strategies of the search engine and also some directions for the future.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  

Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Research

Search engines offer a starting point for the initial phase of research and are an effective tool for both librarians and consumers. However, patrons often believe the search engine box is an information oracle and trust the “magical” blue links that appear as authoritative sources. This interview style session discusses a wide variety of new search tools that are available to help patrons develop applicable critical thinking skills. Using real world examples from their enterprise, speakers provide tips on how to best educate patrons to identify credible search results and dangerous pitfalls, ways to promote a “healthy skepticism” approach to web research, and the benefits to providing patrons with a set of search engine best practices.

Want to know about the Bing features we love? Check out www.discoverbing.com

 See you in California,

 Kendra Smith, Microsoft Librarian (kendras@microsoft.com)

Kevan Huston, Microsoft Librarian (kehuston@microsoft.com)

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