Wednesday, July 23, 2008


What is happening with Twitter? A week ago almost 400 people were following LPI_Library and I was following about 1/2 of that. Now both those numbers are less than 1/2 of what they were a week ago. It seems folk are leaving in droves. If it were just my followers going down I might reevaluate how I was posting but the people I follow has also been dropping so I can only assume either 1) Twitter has lost people's accounts or 2) people are leaving Twitter for other services.

I have created an account on FriendFeed. I'm capturing my Facebook, LPI_Library tweets, and postings here. Maybe this is where all the cool kids are hanging? Maybe Pownce or Jaiku or ?

This does raise a problem. Just what is our attention span with new tech tools? Twitter is not yet old enough to have been mentioned in any books and already it is passe. How can anyone keep up with this? How far ahead of the curve are we going to be? If all our users are a year or two behind us, are we serving them by continuing to move on?

OPAC 2.0

Chalon, Patrice X. and Di Pretoro, Emmanuel and Kohn, Laurence (2008) OPAC 2.0: Opportunities, development and analysis. In Proceedings 11th European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries, Helsinki (Finland).
Web 2.0 has raised new expectations from the library users : after reading a book, they wish to rate it, provide some comments or review about it and tag it for themselves or for others. They also expect to discover other interesting books thanks to the contribution of other people. Those functions, summarized under OPAC 2.0, are now provided by several Integrated Library Systems (ILS), at least partially. But, due to the slow development of some products, other paths were also explored: Content Management Systems (CMS) or specific software. CMS does provide the required functionalities like tagging and commenting. Some pioneers thus decided to develop a new Web OPAC based on CMS. Another approach was to build an OPAC that is independent from any ILS and which offers the required functionalities. In this paper, we propose to review the options available for the librarians wishing to offer Web 2.0 functionalities to their users. We also provide a synthesis of our own experience in implementing an OPAC 2.0 into our Library.

Breaking the Librarian Stereotype

This certainly breaks the stereotype, if she really is a librarian. My Spanish is not good enough to know if it is serious or meant to be ironic. Is there a Metal Librarian blog yet?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Small Libraries and OCLC

Are there any other libraries, other than here at the LPI, that would like to be an OCLC member but just don't have the funds?

How about OCLC services or products that you desire, but are out of reach? For instance, I want to access the authority files, then we could become NACO participants.

I'm asking because OCLC has a task force on small libraries and would like to hear from anyone in the same situation as we are. We would love to share our collection on WorldCat and Open WorldCat but find the set-up fees too large a hurdle. Too much of our cataloging is original, so the copy cataloging only option is not for us. There are no Groups we are able to join, anyone want to start a space science group or Houston group? In the end, our very rich unique collection is not visible via OCLC.

Now seems to be a good time to voice concerns to the Task Force or the folks at OCLC, since they are looking at small libraries.

Bibliographic Citation Tool in Facebook

OCLC has a Facebook app for those needing to create citations, CiteMe.
Get formatted citations in APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, or Turabian style. Start by searching for an item in WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services. Find your title in the results, select your favorite format, and you're done.
It also allows you to find other editions and find in a local library. I've added it to my Facebook account.

Monday, July 21, 2008