We at SLA Europe are sharing some of the most interesting things we’ve found online through our #slaelinks hashtag. Here’s some of the links we’ve been tweeting about lately:

Social Media and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Visual.ly

Infographic on how various social media services fulfil the hierarchy of needs.

How to Ask a Good Question at a Public Event – Big Think

If you’ve ever been at a conference or event where, following the speaker’s “Any questions?” someone stands up and pontificates at length about something entirely off topic, without actually asking a question, you’ll appreciate this advice!

Google-Trained Minds Can’t Deal with Terrible Research Database UI – The Atlantic

“Maybe our greater emphasis shouldn’t be on training users to work with bad search tools, but to improve the search tools.”

How the e-book landscape is becoming a walled garden – GigaOM

“While bookstore owners of all kinds are free to decide which books they wish to put on their shelves, these new [e-book] giants have far more control over whose e-books see the light of day because they also own the major e-reading platforms.”

Network Rail: Virtual Archive

Explore Network Rail’s Virtual Archive and find out about the history of Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Five Books Interviews: Nicholas Carr on the Impact of the Information Age – The Browser

Technology writer Nicholas Carr discusses five books on the history and implications of the information age.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Human Algorithm – O’Reilly Radar

A series of interviews with data journalists.

Distributed research needs collaborative researchers – Harold Jarche

Discusses companies that depend on research, such as pharmaceutical company Sanofi, are moving towards a more open and transparent way of doing business.

TED 2012: 10 innovations that could help shape a better world – The Guardian

The annual TED festival in California unleashed another collection of ideas, from how to transform medicine to why we should learn to be alone.

Career Plans are Dangerous – Harvard Business Review

Career plans may be a waste of time…at least, as they are typically used.


Many thanks to @obnoxiouslibrn, @woodsiegirl, @GeraldineCS, @halcyonday, @GLAsrampersad and @LibWig for sharing their links with us! If you’ve seen any interesting or useful articles, blog posts, videos, infographics or anything else you’d like to share with your fellow information professionals, we’d love to see them. If you’re on Twitter, just tweet them with the hashtag #slaelinks. If you’re not on Twitter, just leave a comment below with any links you’d like us to tweet about.

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