How much do you know about Google? Today’s session kicked off with attendees participating in a Google Fun Facts Game, which tested their knowledge on Google. Our winners were awarded a Google yo-yo, from guest speaker Diana Bitting.
Diana energetically–and at times humorously–provided participants with examples of useful everyday information tools. These Google special search features allow users to easily check the time, make mathematical calculations, define words, convert units of measurements and much more. Other topics included iGoogle, which can be used as a “ready reference” tool for library staff through customization and gadgets available. Lastly, how to create a Google Custom Search Engine was discussed. Did you know that non-profit, government, or educational organizations can create a custom search engine that will show search results without ads!
Here are Diana’s resources for further exploration on Google and the tools available:
- Google for Web Search Features (http://www.google.com/help/features.htm)
- iGoogle (http://www.google.com/ig)
- Google Custom Search (http://www.google.com/coop/cse)
- Google Guide (http://www.googleguide.com)
Special thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event.