September 9, 2007
Hmm, well it does sound like fun. Oh, wait, I already do some of these things… 😉
Brief synopsis (for those who don’t like to click that much):
Old way => information/knowledge held in a “fiefdom” by a small group of players ; knowledge workers are limited in power and by territory, knowledge as a process, rigid ways of organizing
Brief discussion of the long tail (see: Wikipedia for a complete overview of the long tail term)
New way => Web 2.0 and beyond in information centers
Knowledge workers are
- Everywhere — boundaries of authority and territory are blurred
- Understand the institutional culture
- Share information freely (the slideshow adds distributes, but isn’t that part of sharing?)
- Use peoplecentric/usercentric, SOCIAL systems
- Use tagging and social networking tools (eh… I consider those to be one current functionality of information systems focused on people…)
Note to self: Never put a slideshow on slideshare that doesn’t autoplay…. or better yet, make a youtube movie!
January 19, 2007
Here are a couple of swell ideas about tagging the library catalog. The first generates tags based upon subject headings from the catalog by using a particular table in the db.
and then there are user contributed tags:
It seems that ajax is the magic.
August 9, 2006
Inquiring Minds at the Library
Tuesday, August 22, 2006; Page A14
What Yahoo Inc. Vice President Eckart Walther refers to as the "next generation of search" techniques ["Web Searches Go Low-Tech: You Ask, a Person Answers," front page, Aug. 16] has been alive and well in our nation's libraries for more than a century. Reference librarians in our public and academic libraries answer nearly 8 million questions every week in person, on the phone, and online via e-mail, instant messaging, wikis and other technologies.
In fact, the number of times I hear "I tried to find this on the Internet, but . . ." increases every year. People can easily receive a million results on a Web search, yet librarians are the ones who can tailor a search to locate the best, most authoritative and most specific resources.
Nationwide, about 70 percent of higher education institutions have developed information literacy instruction to help students understand how to find and evaluate information online and in print.
Information-literate people know how to find accurate, quality information that will help them through family, medical or job crises.
Librarians provide more than facts. We provide the expertise and services that add meaning to those facts.
American Library Association