Monday, December 25, 2006

Why doesn't everything work like google?

Here's a rant about how movies make it look like all computers should be easy to use--anyone can just walk up and use it:

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Test posting

Hmmmm...can I post? Just a test.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Everything's free on the Internet, right?

When students find something on the Internet, they usually think it is free (forget the library might have paid thousands of dollars for something), but anyway, I did find come across the complete works of Mozart online now. Here's the blurb from the Internationale Stiftun Mozarteum website:

The complete works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are now available for free on the Internet. The resonance of this new resource is overwhelming (more than 400.000 hits during the first 12 hours). This may lead to delays in accessing the web site. We are about to provide additional server capacities.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Interesting catalogs & mea culpa

I've not written here in waaaay too long. It finally dawned on me that a lot of what I would normally post on Scrapple I've been adding to a library wiki we have here on public interface issues. So I've just picked up what's currently in our 'interesting catalogs' section and pasted it here for your entertainment. We're really on the OPACS suck jag -- at least I am. (but n.b., catalogs have lots of cool structured data)

A friend from Texas directed me to the WordPress OPAC (WOPAC). It's kind of a cool idea. Although these days I'm more in the put links in Google and Amazon camp than I am fix the OPAC. What do you think?

For your consideration

  • Pine -- Georgia Libraries Public Information browsing the catalog; offers several suggestions for where to go when you didn't get many hits and ways to refine your search; faceting.

  • NCSU -- Endeca front end to their now famous catalog

  • Queens Library -- It uses Aquabrowser

  • Howard County Public Library -- It uses Aquabrowser and has a visual search display (sometimes)

  • Rochester University Library -- separate search area for videos --

  • The catalog that puts SFX data in the record [University of Huddersfield|]

  • University of Canterbury
    • customized new title list with many options
    • subject portal (one place to find all kinds of information)
    • catalog tutorial in HIP (find help where is needed)

  • Hennepin County Library

    • author alerts (how about subject alerts?)
    • new title list by format
    • different styles for different audience (check the kids and teen pages, we can have different portal for undergraduate and graduate)

  • Harford County Public Library

    • separate tab for audio, movie & music (how about dissertation?)

  • Evergreen -- open source catalog from the Georgia libraries
  • Penn State uses tabs to show brief and full record, also they use SFX to display holdings
  • WOPAC -- an opac that uses WordPress! Very simple, very interesting. The more I look at this the more I like it.

h5. Library projects using SOLR
|SOLR is an open source project that does similar to what Endeca/NCSU does. It has not yet been used for a large scale library, but is being used for several 'digital initiatives' type projects.