Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup:

  • Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque to me.
  • A few discussions about defining repository and of course, wikipedia’s definition.
  • Pew statistical study on blog reading: “‘ Do you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?’. In total, 33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day. ” I wonder how many people read blogs without knowing they are reading a blog.
  • EDUCause’s 7things you should know about Wii (I always think the 7things series are just great!) including an overview of what it is and how it works, why it is important, and how it can be used for teaching and learning.
  • From Equinox’s blog, Five public libraries and one academic moved to the opensource Evergreen library catalog software. Approximately 30 more migrations are in the works.
  • Mobile! Mobile! Mobile! Honestly, if you’re already tired of hearing about the iphone, just wait until Google’s Android hits. On the move with mobile web; Semantic web, mobiles and libraries picking up the pace; the catalog in your hand; and just google iphone or android, for the billions of articles and blogposts about them. 😉
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