Monday, September 25, 2006

Library Camp East

I'm attending Library Camp East, today, in Darien CT. The Library Camps are "unconferences", so we will be determining what we are doing today in a few minutes.

more as the day goes on....

Update 10:30
John Blyberg: Mash-ups and Patron oriented development
PatREST - library API to make library content available, circulation data (popular, new), basic searches
mostly for "power users" but not necessarily programmers
based on III system (2006), XML server
Edward Villimetti looking at Z30.50 for content
PatREST Specification (PDF)

Will the vendors answer these demands? Does it meet their business model? Can we (librarians) force the vendors to change their business models?

Mashups: content from 2 or more sources to create something new
Jon Udell's Library Look up scripts
why--bring the users in, bring the content out to the community

COinS - use a simple HTML tag to allow users to install browser scripts to automatically direct them to their own library's resources

Casey Bisson - OPACs
Improve the usability--lead the user to the knowledge they need
keyword to subject heading, "more like this"
enable exploration

enable Findability
linkable content


Interesting discussion of linking and findability
"The OPAC is not the center of the world."

Update: I had some problems updating Blogger yesterday, so here is the report on the afternoon sessions, one of which I led.

Afternoon sessions:
Techie to non-techie
How do you talk to each other?
Sometimes we switch rolls--being the techie librarian on staff, but not being a programmer

"This is crucial to the future of librarianship" doesn't fly.
Be intellectually honest: some projects will fail.
Online access has created a new market. Would you create a new branch library and not staff it?
You need an environment where you can fail successfully (where it is all right to fail).
Find the non-techie whom you can have a conversation with.
Person by person.
Break things down into smaller skill sets.

Selling the idea is a skill.
"Trust factor" with admin.
Managing expectations is crucial.

"Built to Last" and "Good to Great" by Jim Collins are recommended for management culture.

Share the problem--collaborative effort.
IT/Library forums, with bribes!

Practical Web 2.0

OK, I showed off. I showed them my Online Research Toolkit and talked about the tools that students can use.

We talked about categories...
Publishing (blogs, wikis, etc.)
Sharing/Social networks
Media (podcasts, video)

Privacy issues with patrons--are you comfortable showing pictures of your children? It's a matter of personal comfort level, but some people aren't aware of the risks and some people overestimate the risks. (I've seen pictures of children on Flickr that give names, birthdates, and identify the location as a common play area. To me, that is going overboard with pubic information, but I don't have a problem with general pictures without too much identifying info.)

Peter has a great explanation of RSS on the PPL Wiki.

I also showed Feed2JS as a good way to use RSS feeds, especially from Someone commented that the idea of using tags to put specific links on a website was the best reason they had heard so far for why tagging is a good idea.

Resources are beginning to posted on the Library Camp wiki page.


Blogger Sharon said...


Thanks for this summary. I was too caught up to take many notes, and I missed your session in the afternoon. You mentioned your Online research Toolkit without giving a link to it. Is that because it's only accessible by SCSU students?


1:17 PM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Rebecca Hedreen said...

I remembered to link from the Library Camp page, but forgot to link from the blog post. I've updated the post above and the link is

9:33 AM, October 02, 2006  

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