October 1st, 2009 Brian Herzog
This announcement was making the rounds yesterday on Twitter, and it seems to qualify as the-sky-is-falling type news:
The Library of Congress is revising their "Cookery" subject heading [pdf], saying:
The use of the term “cookery” will be discontinued in these categories of headings. The term “cooking” will be used instead in most cases.
The "Cookery" example was always the go-to citation for demonstrating how traditional library institutions were out of date, and how Web 2.0 tagging filled a need by linking together books and information based on the way people actually think and speak.
LibraryThing.com has led the way in much of this innovation and development, showing the old timers better ways to serve library patrons. This Cookery change shows that the powers that be are paying attention. So does Ebsco's release of NoveList Select, which mimics LibraryThing for Libraries' functionality by putting NoveList data right into the library catalog (where our patrons already are), instead of making them go somewhere else for it.
People often refer to these traditional library vendors and institutions as dinosaurs, but they seem to be learning from and closing the gap with the inflatable rhino.
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April 19th, 2007 Brian Herzog
On the final day of cil2007, most of the workshops I attended ending up having a common theme – tailoring library services to patrons needs, based on patron input.
The first of these sessions was called “Catalogs/OPACs for the future,” led by Roy Tennant (California Digital Library) and Tim Spalding (LibraryThing.com). Tim followed up on points he made in yesterday’s presentation with some criteria that future library search systems will need:
- catalogs should be fun - patrons should enjoy searching for and finding books and information
- allow linking into the records - use permalinks so links to items will never expire or break
- link outwards - everything in the catalog should be links (titles, names, subjects, tags, keywords, etc). Participating in the wider web means our entries are not dead ends for patrons, but helps them flow through our catalog to the information they ultimately seek. Tim also encouraged linking to sites Amazon.com and Wikipedia - they offer lots of information, and our patrons use them anyway, so we should not position ourselves as a barrier
- dress up the catalog - this goes along with “catalogs should be fun,” and what he meant was that the catalog should be as visually-appealing as possible - loads of book covers, nice design and layout, useful widgets to display new books, recent searches, and even patron data (if they so choose)
Roy followed Tim, and also had general criteria for a catalog of the future
- do not call it an “opac” – even “catalog” is getting outdated, because they should provide access to more than just the library books we own
- searching should be simple – a single search box, placed strategically and logically on the page, should search in all available resources
- individual libraries could get rid of local catalogs and use Open WorldCat as a single union catalog for all libraries. This would promote comprehensive searching and resource sharing, and is also better because it includes articles and web resources indexed through WorldCat (in the Q&A session, one librarian pointed out that WorldCat has a few important shortcomings [they stand to benefit financially from this model, they do not include many small public libraries], and she got a round of applause)
- separate the ILS from the finding tool. The ILS will be smaller and just for staff use, and the finding tool will be an efficient and comprehensive search tool that sits draws together the ILS and other resources
- communicates well with other systems, so data can be shared freely and all available resources (books, databases, websites, etc) can be searched
- include sophisticated features, such as results ranking, faceted/cluster browsing, preference filtering, etc.
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