When this first came out I thought it was a stunningly good way to demonstrate the kinds of search skills that libraries teach patrons when demonstrating how to use the internet. So I sent a message to the generic service address and started a conversation with a product marketing manager at Google. After some back-and-forth with him and other librarians, it does seem like there is a possibility of a really neat collaboration. To start us off, Google put together the information below on how to embed the question in library websites (see below). On a conference call with other librarians we also talked about possibilities like a categorization of questions (so if you wanted a chemistry question or one that uses Google Street View you would be able to find it quickly) and “guest written” questions based off of real life reference interviews.
What is A Google a Day?
A Google a Day is a daily trivia question where searching isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged. Through daily questions on a diverse array of topics, we delight the curious with exciting new facts. Questions are featured daily on www.agoogleaday.com and above the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Why is it cool?
A Google a Day is a great new way to discover fascinating information about the world around all while learning how to use the wealth of the web to satisfy one’s curiosity. Moreover, it’s a great way for students and library patrons to build search skills that allow them to better put the power of Google’s search engine to work for them in researching for assignments and discovering untapped avenues for further exploration.
Even more exciting, the Google a Day widget can be embedded right on a library’s home page. With minimal effort and no programming experience required, each day the widget will automatically update so users have instant access to exciting and educational content on the landing page.
Why is it cool for libraries?
With library budgets being cut, A Google a Day is a free method to build search literacy in a fun and accessible way. We provide the content and deliver it to via our widget every day automatically. This allows visitors the means to explore the fascinating world around them through an educational daily trivia question.
More importantly, every day we highlight awesome and useful search tricks to help find information quicker and easier. Give patrons instant ability to build the increasingly important skills of search engine utilization and internet research by embedding a Google a Day widget or linking to our page at www.agoogleaday.com
How do I get started?
To install the A Google a Day widget into your site copy/paste the follow information (including the “<” and “>”) to your desired location. You can include this iframe element:
<iframe width="300" height="250" src="http://agoogleaday.com/embed.html" frameborder="0"></iframe>