Short Review: 2 New Library Blog Search Engines

Today I am starting a new service "Short Review" for Library Blog Buzz readers. Significant news, websites, freeware, or theoretical milestones in the library world would be reviewed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

The first short review will be about Liszen and Libworm – two new search engines specialized in library blogs and library RSS feeds.

Here is the basic comparison and short review:


* created with Google Coop by Garrett Hungerford LIS student at Wayne State University
* searches more than 551 library blogs, new ones could be added through e-mail
* the first batch of sites added on Google Custom Search Engine were taken from LISWIKI site
* offers a browser plugin for Internet Explorer 7 & Firefox 2.0
* a blog LibrarZen updates users on current information
* offers Liszen Trends (with Pligg freeware) users add and vote on content to be published

For more info click Liszen about page.


* created by Frankie Dolan, UK based IT engineer and US medical librarian David Rothman
* Libworm is an RSS search engine for library blogs with 1400 RSS feeds indexed for searching
* LisFeeds and Blogging Libraries Wiki were used as a base for the creation of the new tool
* you can recieve your search results as RSS feeds (automatic updates on what interests you)
* searchable by keyword, date or relevance
* browsable by categories(blogs on same subject) or subjects(preset searches)
* you can submit a feed to Libworm with registration to the service

For more info click Libworm about page.

With the development of technology related to customized search engines it is not difficult to predict that Libworm and Liszen are not the first and last library specialized search engines to appear. For example Lisfeeds ( created by Stephen Cohen and Blake Carver) which was the pioneer in searching feeds from library blogs is now off the Internet with a promise of "something newer & better soon"

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4 Responses to Short Review: 2 New Library Blog Search Engines

  1. anonymous says:

    Anonymous writes:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.Ann

  2. LibraryImportant says:

    Thank you Ann for your nice comments. I try to make the blog attractive for anyone interested in technology, not only librarians. Thank you again Stan

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