mobility shifts

little library assistant things <3
  • that feeling of ultimate power that comes from being able to waive all your own overdue book fines
  • sweet little old ladies borrowing huge piles of erotic fiction
  • finding a colleague you didn’t even know was working today behind a book shelf three hours into your shift
  • *mobile phone rings* “HELLO!!! YEAH I’M IN THE LIBRARY!!!”
  • accidentally squashing someone in the rolling stacks
  • deliberately trying to squash each other in the rolling stacks to see if it would be possible to murder someone that way
  • the secret librarian art of sneezing completely silently
  • two secret magic words to make the eye of any children’s librarian twitch: Daisy Meadows
  • restraining your seething rage when a parent tells their child they can’t have a book they picked out because ‘that one is just for boys/girls!’
  • “I’m sorry that new book is so popular there’s a long waiting list!” (every single copy is on loan to a member of staff)
  • customers sidling up and putting ‘50 Shades of Grey’ of the counter upside down in a futile attempt to hide what they’re borrowing
  • “I’m looking for a book.” “…um, could you possibly be a little more specific?”
  • petition for James Patterson to STOP ALREADY
  • assuring customers that we don’t judge them based on what books they borrow
  • judging customers on what books they borrow
No number of age-old stereotypes can erase the fact that, Appalachia, distinctive as it is, has never been a region that is lily white. History reveals that Appalachia has always had a racially and ethnically diverse population that has been significant and influential. Migration and mobility has shifted patterns of diversity within sub-regions and particular counties, but many areas recall traditions of inclusive collaboration unlikely to have taken hold outside the mountains. Indeed, while some areas today are largely white, the collective memory of a county may reveal a vastly different history.
—  Dr. Althea Webb, Berea College
Yahoo’s New Mobile Search Brings Answers and Actions Front and Center

By Andrew Poon, Vice President, Product Management

At Yahoo, we believe deeply in search - an area of growth and continued investment for us. We also believe that the shift to mobile can and will fundamentally change the overall search experience, allowing us to use rich inputs like context and location in order to deliver the most relevant results. Today I’m excited to share that we have a new mobile search experience in the U.S. that connects you immediately to the people, places and things you care about.

We know when you’re on the go, you’re often searching for a specific piece of information. So rather than delivering endless links for you to sift through on a small screen, we beautifully assemble the most relevant information in a way that allows you to take action right away.

If you’re going out to dinner, you can get directions to the restaurant, check out reviews, and make reservations without searching further. We’ll surface the most important images, videos, news and additional details related to your search, and display them up front.

Yahoo has served as your guide to the web, and we’re thrilled to reach this milestone in our efforts to bring you the best search experience possible. We look forward to continuing to learn from and with you as we work hard to make it even better. Stay tuned for more!

To get started on your smartphone, just open search.yahoo.com in your favorite mobile browser and start searching! You can also set Yahoo to be your default search on your mobile browser:

  • Set Yahoo as your default search engine on Safari (iOS)  by going to your phone Settings > Safari > Search Engine and select Yahoo.
  • Set Yahoo as your default search engine on Chrome (Android) by opening Chrome > Settings > Search Engine and select Yahoo.
  • You can set Yahoo as your default on other mobile browsers manually through the app settings.