1st Meeting Notes

May 30, 2006 at 8:18 pm 8 comments

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


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Visual Searching Tool Links

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Helene  |  June 2, 2006 at 9:01 am

    A listing of some referecnes we talked about:

    Tame the Web – Michael Stephens http://tametheweb.com
    Library Crunch – Michael Casey http://www.librarycrunch.com

    TechCrunch – http://www.techcrunch.com
    Slashdot – http://slashdot.com

    Ann Arbor PL – http://www.aadl.org
    Library Thing – http://www.librarything.com
    St. Joseph PL pathfinder wiki -http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/

  • 2. Ian  |  June 5, 2006 at 11:44 am

    I’ve been playing around a lot with Digg since the last meeting. Martin had recommended it as a tech news source, and it’s fantastic. I like the fact that both articles and comments can be rated, as it often happens that a really good article can be hamstrung by bad feedback, or useful insight can be buried beneath an unhelpful topic.

    It’s very useful as a tool for keeping up with tech news, and has a fairly good community attached too.

  • 3. CMyers  |  June 15, 2006 at 8:45 am

    I just spent some time looking over Ann Arbor’s new homepage. It is impressive — very “clean” in design and esay to use. I especially liked the book review catagories and the way they are grouped and listed; for example, beach reads, dogs, keeping up with changes in Washington, etc. The title mix was interesting and the short summaries made many of the items seem appealing.

  • 4. shipofbones  |  June 19, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    The next meeting date is confirmed for the ImaginOn Board Room July 6th at 2pm.

  • 5. lamuella  |  June 20, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    (this is Ian, by the way)

    I’ve been taking a look at the pathfinder wiki at http://www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/

    It’s an interesting and intriguing idea, but I can’t help thinking it’s limited itself by only letting staff edit it. This is the kind of thing that could spawn a socially networked catalogue if they let it, but that can only happen with user input.

  • 6. lamuella  |  June 22, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    A thought about socially networked catalogues.

    At the moment, PLCMC already has a website for reviewing books, namely Reader’s Club. The Reader’s Club pages are already set up to take comments about existing books and submit reviews of new books (albeit through a comment form rather than a ratings system or instant comment setup), and they already link back to the library catalogue. Would it be possible to allow the social networking of our catalogue simply by reciprocating this linking? If a title has been reviewed on Reader’s Club, the bibliographic record should ideally link to the review, or even better display the review on the page.

    Just thinking of ways we could expand what the library can do by pooling the resources we have. If the library already has a thriving site like Reader’s Club, it makes sense to use it as a base point for socially networking the catalog.

  • 7. lamuella  |  June 22, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    final thought for the moment: anyone who has interest in Second Life should take the time to read the novel “Snow Crash” by Neal Stevenson. Large parts of it take place in a worldwide networked virtual reality environment similar to Second Life. The novel was written in 1994, but a lot of its predictions have come true.

  • 8. Rich  |  July 3, 2006 at 7:32 am

    I will not be at the meeting on Thursday. I have a conflict with another new program at PLCMC and I have an obligation to attend that one. But I also want to brag that I have recently set up a video chat group with everyone in my family. I have sisters in Pittsburgh, Anchorage and my mother is in Florida. We now all have web cams at each home and are video calling each other using either MSN Messenger or Microsoft Live Messenger (I think that is what it is called) which is the latest version.

    Quality is great. The only problem we are having is that the audio drops out sometimes. The only way to get it back is to hang up and reconnect.

    So now instead of just getting together a couple of times a year, we see each other face to face for conversation several times a week.

    Last Friday, my mother in law in Charlotte and my mother (both solid 80 somethings) had their first video chat!!


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