Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale
Lisa Carlucci Thomas from Yale University
- Ebooks increased more than 110% in four years (until 2009)
Asked what percentage of ebook collections can be accessed using mobile devices? (Kindle 2.0, Sony Reader PRS-500, iRex Iliad 2nd edition, iPod Touch)
- Tested: could you access ebook using the device? Could you use additional method to access Yale licensed ebook (for example, bookmark, email, etc)? What was the format type? Rate of ability to access using the following scale?
- iTouch could access 84% of Yale licensed ebook and do something useful with it. The other 3 could access 24 percent, but needed additional work arounds.
- Beginning of examination, must build local knowledge, expand research, improve services.
Little Budget, Big Sandbox
Sean Fitzpatrick, Editor with American Libraries
- Soft launch of American Libraries Magazine, looking for beta testers
- Not on ALA official site
- Spends $10 a month for the space, used free software, develop now & ask forgiveness later, googling for answers works, has a supportive boss
- IT nervous about support contracts, etc, but self supported the project with Drupal forums
Open & Mobile Equipment
Tim Rowley from Utah Valley University
- Library inherited old administrative building
- Moved into a new building to be called the Digital Learning Center
- Have a catalog of equipment they check out to students.
- 3 netbooks: students can check them out and take them to class to take notes. buy 8 or 9 of them for the price of a toughbook.
- Check out plastic bag with barcode. Barcode has list of all items in the bag (item, cables, instructions, etc).
- Demoed a tiny projector. I want one!
- Showed images from their library illustrating technology areas of the library.
Can Cloud-as-infrastructure solutions work for production library systems?
Erik Mitchell from Wake Forest University
- Simple Hosting
- Development platforms
- Custom production environments
- Software services (SAAS)
- Platform (Hosted server)
- Infrastructure (AWS)
- Distribution of IT
- Talk about using Amazon cloud space for library services
- Using Amazon for Bib App implementation
Research Description and Access
Deb Shapiro from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Began rewriting AACR in 2003
- First called AACR3 then RDA
- RDA organized around FRBR
- Goal: simplify rules, more principle based
- Encourage use of library standards outside of library world
- Catalog content rather than carrier
- Deconstruct catalog record
- Linked by identifiers to show relationships
- Different groups could maintain the disaggregated bits
- Aligning rules with FRBR makes them very complex
- Controversy: RDA does not go far enough
- RDA & linked data
- Librarian built pages associated with college, department, or courses
- The Editor aspect of the application is the powerful part
- Page is built of widgets that have many items
- Librarian can easily and effectively creates consistent looking pages without HTML knowledge
- Drag and drop widgets
- Hoping to release as Open Source for the whole community
- Librarians can build content for students quickly and easily
Of the Web, Not on It
Matt Goldner from OCLC
- Web is about scale, finding ways to attract larger audiences as tech more capable (Chris Anderson)
- Major theme of Web 2.0 is about who gives best access to a class of data (Tim O’Reilly)
- 3 Quick Examples
- Ebay (reviews of sellers is the added value, and can be done at a huge scale)
- Netflix (goal is getting movies to me, not controlling how long I keep them; huge scale and great recommendations)
- iGoogle (take all kinda of data and remake the page; lots of kinds of data simply)
- Web sites on the web, web scale of the web
- Successful web services leverage data and cooperation around the data. They are of the web because of this every user can add value for all users and to the platform as a whole.
- How to make libraries of the web?
Will Kurt from University of Nevada
- Showed org chart
- Switched to a graphic using data from both help desks and committees people served on; all public services in same area
- Showed that some people didn’t connect on the map. Maybe those should have coffee sometimes, connect communication gaps.
- Showed another map of tools (databases, journals, titles) and how they connect (or don’t).
- Was able to illustrate contested area from Google Scholar and Web of Science
- Can use this to show what should be kept or can be cut when faced with budget decisions
- Does this for subject areas, too
A New Approach to the “Library Game”
Jason Battles from the University of Alabama
- Gaming in Libraries
- Libraries in Games
- Library Games (focus)
- Highlight resources and collections: special collections, ejournals, ereserves
- Incorporate online media and internet research tools
- Encourage critical thinking of participants
- Showed World of Warcraft, can’t compete with budget
- Incorporate game environment with where they are. Using ARGs.
- Their game is running now at projectvelius.com
- Will have an end of game event
Job Help in Public Libraries
Maureen Kearney & Jennifer Caldwell from Pima County Public
- Grant, hiring people to teach in community member’s own languages
- About six computer instructors in general, part time, shared between branches. This cross fertilized across branches.
- Laptop labs that are portable
- Teaching basic computer skills classes for job hunters
The talks were great, and Susan did a great job of running the show!