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Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands. You also have subheadings so that you can see where the results came from or the sources the engine found it in (such as Ask!, Google, etc.)
All the talk about how libraries are losing the younger generation is apparently just that...talk. A survey done by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the biggest group is actually Generation Y, the 18-30 year olds. While they may no longer be using the library for what we would call "traditional" reasons, they are using the library.
The Maydupp Library District in Indiana has initiated a new service called, "Dusty Books for Rusty Memories." Patrons between the ages of 60 and 75 are entered into a Circulation database and every time that patron visits the library and checks out materials, a random "dusty book" (one that hasn't circulated in the past six months) is placed on hold in the patron's account. When the patron receives the message the material is on hold, she will often come in to claim the item and check it out, not remembering when or why she placed the hold.
According to Peggy Newton-Figg, the division manager, "older patrons are very trusting and we are usually able to charge these extra books to them without any argument. The patron is often confused by the selection, since it may not be a subject or by an author she's ever heard of, but usually writes off the confusion to having had a 'senior moment.'"
Using this new service, the library as been able to increase circulation by 300%. -- Read More
Social Software in Libraries is written by Meredith G. Farkas who at present is the Distance Learning Librarian at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.
About the Book:
About the Book
Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online
By Meredith Farkas
Foreword by Roy Tennant
Here is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more. Success stories and interviews highlight these tools’ ease-of-use—and tremendous impact. Novice readers will find ample descriptions and advice on using each technology, while veteran users of social software will discover new applications and approaches.
2007/336 pp/softbound/ISBN 978-1-57387-275-1
Chapter 4 - RSS where my public blogline feeds and my Engineering Library Blog Englibrary are included.
Jay Bhatt’s Feeds in Bloglines
I like This Quote By Jessamyn West:
Working on the web isn’t just about collecting real and/or imaginary friends and new interactive ways of sharing photos of your cat, it’s also about saving real time and real money so that you can do real things in your offline world.
Every so often we read about a library filtering MySpace for one reason or another. Now it looks like MySpace is filtering itself.
The site seems to be replacing provocative words in interstitial e-mails. The words "sex toys" arrives with the words replaced with pound symbols, "### ####."
More disturbing is that LGBT organizations are finding that their e-mails and communications are also censored, with MySpace even go so far as to alter links within profiles.
More from Violet Blue.
I know this is probably old news to some, but Yale has officially opened its OpenYale program for seven classes taught by professors at Yale, which is really kinda of cool. You can download onto your MP3 or watch it live online. Best part, you don't have to hand in homework or takes tests!
Here's a posting from the BBC where Jimmy Wales said "teachers who refuse younger students access to the site are 'bad educators'." Now I agree that Wikipedia is a good starting point, but not sure that I would call teachers 'bad educators' because they dislike Wikipedia being cited in papers.
The recent kerfluffle about Facebook’s beacon has gotten Karen thinking about Web 2.0 and privacy issues. Inherently Web 2.0 means putting more of yourself out there on the web. She says...
Libraries can learn a great deal about user expectations and privacy by looking at the successes and failures of companies in the Web 2.0 space. The main lesson that can be taken away thus far is that privacy is not an all or nothing proposition for users. Users are willing to trade some privacy rights for an service which adds benefit for them. However...
David Lee King posted this a couple of weeks ago about "Ignoring our Digital Community."
Take a look at this paragraph and you'll see what I mean by thought provoking:
"The problem? We don’t have anything for our library’s digital community to do! OCLC’s recent report, Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World says this about our physical libraries: “Offline, libraries are vibrant social spaces. They are hubs of community activities and provide a venue for open exchange and dialogue” (8-5). But online? How many libraries can say they provide “vibrant social spaces,” hubs of community activity” or “a venue for open exchange and dialogue” in our digital spaces? Not too many."
Read the comments as well and share your own ideas. What can we do?