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Sorting and searching at the library - algorithms from computer science

Sorting and searching at the library - algorithms from computer science | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jason Orendorff:

[...]"searching and sorting, two fundamental aspects of data processing, and what the library has to teach us about them."

 

[...] "the library is doing things that are recongizable as algorithms from computer science. But not the obvious textbook algorithms! I guess when an algorithm is going to take up a human being’s time, it tends to get optimized. These algorithms seem to be tuned very well indeed. But perhaps if you looked inside any organization you’d find something similar.

I wanted to share this because thinking about these things gave me just a slightly different perspective on programming. I just gave the library two hours a week this summer, as a volunteer, putting books on the shelves, and it turned out to be unexpectedly rewarding."

 

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John Hyo Jin Youn's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:55 PM

In the future, I wish to attend to University of Washington with a Computer Science Major. This article shows a unique way to describe the major.Much of computer science is organization and creating complex programs based on very simple ideas. Just like how we look for a book at the library, computer science in much like using the data you know to create new things.

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National Archives to launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard - Nextgov

"The National Archives and Records Administration plans to launch in December an online Citizen Archivist Dashboard through which volunteers can tag, transcribe and write articles about scanned NARA documents, said Pamela Wright, the agency's chief digital access strategist.

 

NARA initially will put up about 300 documents for transcription, Wright said Friday before a panel discussion on social media in government. Those documents will be coded green, yellow and red based on their length and how difficult it is to decipher the handwriting, she said."

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Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers

Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Hey you, person with your nose buried in a book or an e-reader:
Look up for just a moment. You know how much you love to read?"

 

"East Valley cities public libraries: All rely on volunteers - adults and teens -- to help with shelving books, answering patrons' questions, and more."

 

 

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