Search Individual Sites Using Google

SearchHave you ever tried to search an enormous site that either didn’t have a site search or the site search wasn’t worth using?  Thankfully, Google can rescue us from that quagmire!

While searching for information on the NYS Department of Health site (I don’t mean to pick on them, but this is a true example), I couldn’t seem to find what I needed after about 10 minutes of searching.  So, I went to Google and typed the following:

health.state.ny.us:spanish language materials

The “health.state.ny.us” portion is the address of the website I was searching.  The colon in the middle (without spaces on either side) tells Google where the site name ends and the actual keywords begin.  This simple tweak in my search magically brought up a manageable list of relevant results!

I hope this helps next time you stumble across an unwieldy website that you know has information you need.  Until next time…

Finding Lost Electronics

Have you ever lost your camera?  How about your cell phone?  Thankfully, if you have access to the internet, there are some tools to help you locate your lost items.

Cameras:
Stolen Camera Finder – This site uses the camera’s serial number to search for photos on the web taken by the your camera.  If someone else is using your camera, it will help you track it down.  The site works best in Firefox or Chrome. 

CameraFound.com -Worldwide “lost and found” for cameras.

IFoundYourCamera.net – Another “lost and found.”

Cell Phones:
If you don’t already have an app installed to assist in finding your phone, try one of these sites:

Icantfindmyphone.com – Enter your phone number and click the “Hello” button to make your phone ring.

Where’s My Cellphone? – Similar to the site above, with the added feature of a delay in call time.

Laptops are more difficult to recover unless you have installed software to protect against loss, such as LoJack for Laptops or Hidden (for Mac).  If you would like to read an amusing computer recovery story involving Hidden, one Mac owner kept a blog about the theft, complete with embarrasing pictures of the thief!

Happy Computing!

VuFind Enhanced Catalog Search

In July, the Upper Hudson Library System replaced their former enhanced catalog search engine with the open source VuFind search.  Developed by librarians for library catalogs, this tool is constantly being developed and improved in the hopes of providing you, the library user, with an accurate, intuitive, and easily refined search experience.  If you haven’t tried it yet, head over to the enhanced search page and give it a whirl! 

A note to mobile device users – http://vufind.uhls.org/vufind/ will detect mobile devices and send them to a mobile-friendly interface.  This area is still under construction, so you may want to click the link on the mobile site to view the full page until it is up and running.

Want to let us know what you think of the new search?  Please send us an email with your comments.

OverDrive App Update

OverDrive LogoIf you use the OverDrive App to download library content to your Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows (phone) device, you may be interested in downloading the latest update.  The app now has the capacity to remember your user ID for 90 days, so you won’t need to keep typing it in.  Just check the “Remember me on this device” box next time you check out an item and you’re set!  If your library requires a PIN in addition to the user ID, this will need entered at each login.