Archive for May, 2006

1st Meeting Notes

A hour and half of dialog, numerous website references to check out and plethora of ideas and technologies to explore (oh, and some doublestuff Oreos too!). I’d say the first meeting of the Library’s newly formed technology team was a success.In true Library 2.0 fashion, we’ve decided to approach this effort by using a blog to help capture and communicate our findings and travels as we begin to explore both current technologies being embraced by libraries (wikis, podcasting, etc.) and those technologies that are still on the horizon (social searching tools, shotcodes, etc. – just to name a few).Anyway, here’s the drill of what we talked about …

Focus of ETC team – The purpose of the ETC team is to:

  • evaluate and explore new technologies for their potential use in libraries
  • examine emerging social and virtual trends
  • assist in developing beta tests and/or pilot programs that support the library’s mission for possible system-wide implementation

Communication tool for both staff & team — this blog (so be sure to grab yourself the RSS feed)

Blog Authors — every member of the ETC team has authorship to this blog and is encouraged to post their discoveries and findings here.

Bookmarking Tool for articles & resources — a group Del.icio.us account (still working on how to do this – it looks like we’ll need to establish a Del.icio.us network and a common tag to be able to import a blogroll here – more later)

Team Meetings – Schedule of regular meeting intervals still TBD, however the team did like the approach of everyone investigating a new/emerging technology on their own and using the meeting times to share brief presentations of what we’ve learned with each other.

In additional to sharing these findings during the meetings with each other, we will also blog about these here as well as schedule some mechanism that will foster greater sharing of findings will all staff.The sharing sessions part of the Emerging Technology Committee meetings will always occur at the beginning of the meeting and will be open for all and any staff member to attend.

Discovery Assignments:

Martin – Protopage.com
Helene – emerging social search tools
Natalie – emerging catalogue enhancement trends
Mary – Wink/ screencasting options
Ian – wikis (how other libraries are using them)
Lydia – Grokking/visual search tools
Chuck- Druppal
Carol – MIT media lab
Rich – video ipod possibilities

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 6th 2pm – IMG

May 30, 2006 at 8:18 pm 8 comments


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