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Reference Question of the Week – 5/20

   May 26th, 2007 Brian Herzog

Better than any question I got this week were two blog posts I read. The first is just funny, and the second might also be a tool to help people.

The First comes from librarian.net, about an reference question gone awry due to spell check (slight warning: potty library humor involved).

The Second comes from Google's Librarian Central, with a story about how their web-based translator helped a patron (for who English was not their first language) have better access to English-language web pages. I usually use Alta Vista's translator Babel Fish (because it's been around awhile and for the Douglas Adams connection [note: Towel Day was yesterday]), but it is nice to have a second source for things. Even if it is Google.

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