Jenny Levine is blogging lots on ALA TechSource, this is an awesome communal blog by the way if you are into web 2.0 in libraries…I need to catch up on this stuff.
Jenny’s post Library 2.0 in the Real World leads to a cool example of an OPAC created in the wordpress blogging platform.
Every library record has a permalink (indexed by search engines), comments, trackbacks, and tags…the OPAC is alive…then there are plug-ins.
Here is the release post of WPopac
…from the post:
“…offers something we’ve never seen in a library application before: access to a community of knowledge, programmers, and designers outside libraries. Because the core of WPopac is WordPress, and because it preserves WordPress’s rich plugin API and themes structure, it already has more users, designers, developers, and administrators than all the ILS vendors combined.”
Here’s a live example of a library record (this is a permalink):
- Cover picture
- Search inside the book (via Amazon)
- Related items
For each item:
- Find more like this (not sure if this is like “people who read this also read…”)
- Request hold
- Add to your bookmarks
The sidebar lists:
- popular items (I guess based on loans)
- recently commented items
- recent searches
eg. subject search for barns.
eg. keyword search for barns.
Doesn’t seem like you can search in the subject field…you can only append the URL by adding …./subjkey/Barns to the URL http://www.plymouth.edu/library/opac/subjkey/barns
Also check out OpenSearch on the OPAC…from the post:
“The ability to then use the a9.com site to do a MetaLib-like cross search of multiple resources (e.g. Wikipedia and the OPAC) is a pretty cool feature, especially if you’re doing research — just bring up an article from Wikipedia and you get to see relevant library holdings at the same time…”
A while back:
NEASIS&T Buy, Hack or Build Followup
Prepare Yourself for Library 2.0…check out the Talis Whisper prototype
Casey Bisson Does It Again and Presents Exhibit B
Tag OPAC records
More on the future of OPAC’s:
Exposing the deep web to increase access to library collections
CIL2006 - Roy Tennant and Andrew Pace on the future of catalogues
Internet Explorer to replace the OPAC
Google Search Appliance + OPAC = ?
Where is the edge of the OPAC?
Thinking about the catalog
Making data work - Web 2.0 and catalogs
NCSU Libraries Unveils Revolutionary, Endeca-Powered Online Catalog (relevance ranking)
The Revolution Will be Folksonomied
How OPACs Suck, Part 1: Relevance Rank (Or the Lack of It)
How OPACs Suck, Part 2: The Checklist of Shame
OPAC Wishlist, Continued
OPAC Tagging - Who’s It?
2006: Year of the phoenix OPAC?
Catalogs/OPACs for the Future
TOCRoSS: Table of Contents by Really Simple Syndication
The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools
A SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: The 2.0 Meme - Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0
SLE feeds for Library OPAC’s
We have seen examples of a museum allowing patrons to tag items, what about rating and voting items, this seems to be in vogue at the moment.
Here are the TALIS library 2.0 whitepapers:
Do libraries matter? The rise of Library 2.o
Library 2.o: the challenge of disruptive innovation
Library 2.0 selections:
Library success Wiki
Tools in Personal Environments: A Taste of New Technologies (before the movement took off)
Library 2.0 Movement Sees Benefits in Collaboration with Patrons
Web 2.0: Building the New Library
Taking advantage of Web and Library 2.0
Free to contribute. Free to discover. So can I have one, please?
Hello, Library (1.0) World!
Do Libraries Matter: On Library & Librarian 2.0
Where Do We Begin? A Library 2.0 Conversation with Michael Casey
What Is New about Library 2.0
Welcome. You’ve Got New Library®
A View from the Top: An Administrator Eyes L2
Better Library Services for More People
On the L2 Train
On the Road with Jenny and Michael
On Barriers in Libraries (An L2 Workshop)
So Much to Learn…
And of course the dedicated issue from Cites & Insights…plus the follow up.
LibDev is another great source for new library technologies…LibDev and ALA TechSource have the latest on Library OPAC innovations, and of course you can’t go past panlibus from the folks at TALIS…also see the Silkworm blog…and yet another, talking with talis…and a community blog.
Seminal library futurism items:
George Needham on OCLC’s new Perceptions report and their Environmental Scan
Google Challenges for Academic Libraries
From libraries to “libratories”
Measuring the real impact of libraries
What is a library anymore, anyway?
The library of the future
The GATS and Libraries…The Capitalisation of Libraries
In essence library 2.0 seems to be about avoiding walled gardens, freeing data so it can be discoverable, re-mixed, re-syndicated, mashed-up…and also collaborative/participative tools for our communties.
I suppose it is web 2.0 in the library environment…watch out for the “2.0″ phenomenom, as we are now starting to hear intranet 2.0, enterprise 2.0, etc…
Essays like this, Libraries must also be buildings, also remind us about what libraries are about, and how they survive and adapt in serving the needs of the community (recreation, information, research, entertainment).
Libraries are trying to be relevant in the entertainment savvy society…the other two players are big media shops, and information online. From the blogosphere we read of libraries seeing these as non-threats, introducing cafes, gaming, readings, films in libraries (entertainment), links to Amazon in the OPAC, and our changing roles as facilitators of information…we could also be seen as information counsellors, assisting people keeping their head above water in the information/knowledge economy (with or without the library).
Library 2.0 is just the technology part of what libraries are always striving to do, add value to the client experience, isn’t that what every service is about (besides serving a purpose, and never losing focus of your prime directives). The unique aspect of technology in Library 2.0 is incorporating features from the web 2.0 experience that people get so much value out of, then why not in a library read/write environment…the great thing is that this new technology actually spores communication, collaboration, communities…that’s the best type of technology!
Every time I go to publish this post, I find more stuff…
Squidoo Lens: Library 2.0 Reading List
Library 2.0 - ala blog
Library 2.0 podcasts - ala blog
Blogbridge - ALA L2 Reading List
Blogbridge - ALA L2 Advanced Reading List
Library 2.0 wiki
Squidoo Lens: Library 2.0 in Three Easy Steps
Library 2.0 - Otter group
Here are my del.icio.us related tags:
[ADDED 15/06/06: How OPAC’s Suck, Part 3: The Big Picture]
[ADDED 10/07/06: DDC tag cloud in an OPAC]