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This is My Search

Every Librarian has a favorite search. What's yours?


At the closing reception for the Library Technology Conference 2014, I had a great conversation with colleagues John Chapman, Cody Hanson, Chris Schommer, and Ben Durrant about how we all have a particular search we like to do when testing out a new search tool. Mine is "batman," and a colleague of mine likes "Stress in the Workplace." John's was "Space Law," which was interesting. We agreed that the world needed a social network for librarians to help them share their favorite searches.

And so was born.

That night at the hotel, Cynthia Ng and I built while sitting at the bar. The goal was to get folks trying their searches in different search tools, and sharing the results. The site took us about 5 hours to build, but should probably have only taken about 30 minutes.

How to Contribute

If you know how to code, you can look at the issues and features list, and find something to work on. Fork the repository and once you're satisfied with your fix, submit a pull request.

If you don't know how to code, you can submit your library's search URLs or do some searches and share them with others. Or you can watch this cat play with a theremin. It's really your call.


Drop me a line at @mreidsma or @ThisisMySearch also has its own twitter account, so you can ask questions there, too.