Google’s “Living Stories” news functionality goes live . . . and it’s COOL!

Google seems to be on a roll these days with all of its news offerings.  Who knew that a little renewed competition in the search engines wars could lead to such an outpouring of innovation!  While some of Google’s releases have been very high profile (Real Time Search, for example), others have been snuck out with less fanfare.  Living Stories debuted quietly today.  We at iBraryGuy were so impressed by it, however, that we decided to give it a little hype of our own.

Google Living Stories is an awesome concept – all of the news on a major topic, gathered in one place, with a permanent URL to which you can constantly refer for the latest updates, and organized in a logical and accessible fashion.  It’s a tall order.  Thanks to a partnership between Google, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, it is almost a reality.  Living Stories has launched, but it is still in beta.  Even so, you have to check it out!

By choosing one of the currently featured “Living Stories” on the beta site, you get an interactive view of the topic as never seen before.  You get news stories, opnion pieces, media, discussions, quotes, additional resources, and – one of our favorite features – even a timeline.  The whole “story” is constantly updated with new materials, yet the URL for it never changes.  You can even sign up for e-mail updates or an RSS feed of the “story”.  It is some serious innovation for those who are serious about following a story. 

Google Living Stories is still in development.  However, with two of the most respected newspapers in the USA participating, it is off to an excellent start.  Give it a look and let us know what you think.

iBraryGuy’s news offerings have you covered! Check them out!

Here at iBraryGuy, we are news hounds.  Our days begin and end with the latest headlines from across the library and information world.  We literally live on our newsfeeds!  As such, we know just how difficult it can be to sort through the crush of internet news services to find the truly “good” stuff.  Thus, we have been on a mission to make it easier for you – our fellow information professionals.  Regardles of where in the spectrum of this industry you fall, iBraryGuy’s customized news services have you covered.  Librarians, information professionals, publishers, knowledge managers, archivists, and so on . . . we have striven to bring you the best of news and blogs with the following offerings:

Libraries, Information, and Knowledge Management News at Google News:  Using the pioneering news customization functions at Google, iBraryGuy’s editors sat down and customized a news section especially for librarians and information professionals.  This section is designed to search across Google’s wide array of news sources to bring you articles of interest to our profession.  Articles, videos, and even images . . . it is all there.  All you have to do is subscribe!

LibraryVibes at  Netvibes is an awesome service for tracking the blogs and news sources you enjoy most.  The iBraryGuy editing team recently sat down with lists of the top rated blogs and sites for library, information, and technology news and created a central Netvibes site to hold them all.  Check out LibraryVibes for all the best blogs and news sources in our industry.  There is a tab for library news, one for tech news, and even one for more general news.  A truly unique one-stop shop!

Books at  While this is not one of our creations, the Books topic list at AllTop is still a resource we like to share.  Yes, iBraryGuy is on AllTop’s list of best blogs for readers and book lovers.  However, so are many other great sources for the latest goings-on in the book and publishing world.  The iBraryGuy team is working to convince AllTop to create a topic for libraries and information.  In the meantime, we are honored to be featured here.

A great deal of work and library-love have gone into creating and maintaining these resources.  We hope you will enjoy them and invite your feedback on how we can make them even better!  Please let us know what you think.  And please SHARE these links with your colleagues.  In our profession, USE is the highest form of flattery!