Categories Libraries on the Web

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Posts about how libraries are using the web to offer services, engage patrons, advocate for libraries/other groups, etc.

E-Book vs. Paper Book. “The big book fight.”

Sean Robinson writes: This is a little video I made that pokes fun at the conflict between e-books and paper books. It’s not really real, if you love books you don’t care what format they come in. This was made to lower the anxiety that we all feel about the changes that are occurring within libraries. “Music: Kevin MacLeod” and is used under creative common licensing. You can find his site at Thanks for watching

Fast, Open, and Transparent: Developing the Smithsonian’s Web and New Media Strategy

A flurry of work today getting ready for classes! Don’t miss this from the Smithsonian’s Michael Edson: Michael Edson: Fast, Open, and Transparent: Developing the Smithsonian’s Web and New Media Strategy View more documents from Michael Edson. This is a most useful document for designing our own Web and new media strategies for libraries and other institutions. Careful articulation of “pain points” followed by an ongoing, transparent strategic plan seems to me to be a formula for success – especially with layers of administration.

Read It: Faces of Staff @ CML

One thing I really got a kick out of at Columbus Metropolitan Library is the use of staff pictures on the front page of tthe library’s Web site. Everyday, a new image and staff pick goes up in this space. I used screenshots in my talk, and urged them to take the logical next step: recruiting library patrons to do the same. I believe it was Helene who told me that when a book makes it to the “Read It” area on the web, the number of holds/requests jumps. Also, one staff member reported being recognized at Target as the […]

Reference Services

Reference Services, originally uploaded by Edith Cowan University Library. ECU Student and Reference Librarian during a reference interview. The folks at Edith Cowan University Library are creating a series of photos to market and promote the library, sharing them on Flickr. I like this shot a lot. It may have been staged or caught on the fly, but it seems very real to me. Good work ECU! They also have a blog:

NCSU Learning Commons

NCSU Learning Commons Originally uploaded by mstephens7 There’s just so much good here! Take a look at North Carolina State’s Learning Commons Web presence: Live computer availability Web cam of “The Brickyard” Flickr photos “We want your Ideas” for eboards Commenting form Borrow laptops, cameras, iPods, GPS units, etc I’m incorporating this and the Loyola Information Commons into my new talks. 

Dublin City Public Libraries Portal with PageFlakes

DCPL Portal Originally uploaded by ebyrne41 Eddie Byrne writes: The portal page I have created which will be the default home page on all the public access PCs in Dublin City Public Libraries. Approved as of today! This is a sneak preview! A Web 2.0 success, it is Pageflakes-based, simple, yet ideal, serving our users and the library service in equal measure. Customisable, PC independent, and satisfying multiple requirements. SEE This is incredible! Look closely, check out what’s been included, and add this to the mix of how you might create a start page for your user computers. Well […]

OPPL Launches genre X

The Oak Park Public Library just launched their new online book discussion extension for 20s and 30s: genre X genre X is a twenties and thirties book discussion group facilitated by the Oak Park Public Library. The group meets every fourth Tuesday at 8:00 pm at different bars in the Oak Park area. The genre X blog is dedicated to providing supplementary information for the book group as well as other content that will hopefully appeal to readers everywhere in their twenties and thirties.