ALA's custom search engine

rteeter writes "The American Library Association is experimenting with a Google custom search engine called the Librarian's E-Library. (Found via CustomSearchGuide.com.)"

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Slightly more information about the ALA search engine can be found at:

Nothing at all about it

So is it just a federated search of specific HTML collections identified by the people at ALA with a google back end?

How is the relevency ranked, how is the search conducted, is there 1 index or 1 for each collection, how does it federate the results.

This is a horrible example of what librarians should be able to do. We need to know how it works not just that it works. Synonyms, stemming, boolean operations, how do any of these things work. It seems it is just google limited to a specific set of sites. Big freaking deal.

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