Posts on December 2014

Holiday Break: Library email and phone

During the period from December 24 - January 1 the Taubman Health Sciences Library will be closed, and there will be no responses to email or phone messages. Regular review of our phone and email messages will resume on January 2. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Diverse City: Jell-0

Image of Eve picking an apple from a Jell-O advertisement

Early 20th century advertising materials for Jell-O contain striking representations of age, race, class, gender, nationality, regionality, and other vectors of identity; whether self-defined or other-imposed. In January, we’ll unveil a digital exhibit, guest curated by Dr. Nicole Tarulevicz, on depictions of the exotic in early 20th century Jell-O advertising. There will be an exhibit opening and reception, with a talk by Dr. Tarulevicz, January 12th, 4:30-6pm, in the Hatcher Gallery

Practical Relevance Ranking for 11 Million Books, Part 3: Document Length Normalization

Relevance is a complex concept which reflects aspects of a query, a document, and the user as well as contextual factors. Relevance involves many factors such as the user's preferences, task, stage in their information-seeking, domain knowledge, intent, and the context of a particular search. This post is the third in a series by Tom Burton-West, one of the HathiTrust developers, who has been working on practical relevance ranking for all the volumes in HathiTrust for a number of years.


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