20 March 2008
Recurring Theme: Can libraries afford to invest time and money into development and new technology? Can they afford not to?
Session A: Drupal, an open source Content Management System (CMS)
· lots of API’s
· large user community for support
· uses MYSQL database to store info
· allows users to do blogging and other cool stuff
Session B: ILS
· a division between the ILS and the OPAC is developing
· The patron is the wedge: what do they want? This should drive library decisions.
· academic battle: letting go of wanting to teach good research skills; in the future teaching students to learn will not have to include how the find research items, it will just be easy
· will eBook providers drop DRM???
· can we use/embed web resources (sites, eBooks, etc.) within the OPAC instead of going to another site
GIMP (free image tool): http://www.gimp.org/windows/
Session C: Web 2.0 in a 1.0 Library World
· Twitter: RSS to Twitter sends the message to the phone
· Sell 2.0 by implementing it
· 2.0 enables your users to contribute to the library
· be prepared to show some staff how they will still be needed and to show other staff how they won’t need to do more work: paradoxical needs of staff members
· it term: tagging
· Creative Commons = free culture licenses
· How can the library be WEB scale in 2.0 implementations?
Session D: Show & Tell
· www.conduit.com free, hosted, customizable, installable search bar.