Socialising in the Sun 245$a / Fred Guy, Suncat Service Manager, EDINA


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Fred Guy describes the part social media has played in the development of Suncat, the UK serials union cataloge. Presented at the 6th annual Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar organised by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland, held at the National Library of Scotland, 21 June 2013

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Socialising in the Sun 245$a / Fred Guy, Suncat Service Manager, EDINA

  1. 1. Socialising in the (245$a) Fred Guy SUNCAT Service Manager EDINA Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013
  2. 2. 2Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013 5DYpdC-e5v1SS-8oxD96-eG2V5T-4Da3M-aLasV4-889ZcG-7jy1y1-doGptg-9BvSfK-GSgYC-aKS6o6-h4mTc-4GaeNr-6AY6Xs-dANQc-6QSj4C-e6LC2R-4yvjTv-7jtKiZ- 7jtQ6t-ooQ6r-v367x-EgRaY-9LWqge-4JX7EF-7jxGWE-ebFzq-9vEQt2-75ALV9-7jtJzF-9PL1wh-bbcYgB-7jtL2F-6Bc5X1-arX6MA-5xSboE-5smipo-5fV39-4tu8nX-4tu8yg- 4pRyZ6-5AWqgH/ Cat in the sun
  3. 3. Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 3 Book club in the sun?
  4. 4. Social Media Quotes “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin, Best Selling Author "If you want to build a presence in the social media platform, then you need to be present." - @unmarketing "The Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way message into a real-time dialogue with millions." - @daniellesacks "On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away." ~Unknown via @mozusa “Social Media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” – Brain Solis
  5. 5. SUNCAT and Social Media (245$b) Metadata and Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013 5
  6. 6. SUNCAT is …………. • A union catalogue (aggregation of metadata) of serials held in 90 UK (and Ireland) libraries including HE libraries, national libraries, specialist libraries (museums, galleries, learned societies, research institutes, botanic gardens) • A free to web service hosted by EDINA, based at the University of Edinburgh • A source of quality MARC21 records for downloading by staff in Contributing Libraries • Funded by Jisc (Project February 2003 – July 2005; Pilot service August 2005 – July 2006; Service August 2006 - )
  7. 7. •Jisc-designated centre of expertise and centre for online services •Part of "EDINA and Data Library" division of Information Services at the University of Edinburgh •Develops and delivers shared services and infrastructure to support research and education in the UK •Operating since 1995/96 as one of a number of organisations in the ‘Jisc Family’
  8. 8. 90 Contributing Libraries Serials Union CATalogue • Resource discovery • Serials’ holdings locations • Collection management • Tables of Contents • Access to full text • Downloading of MARC21 records (for CLs) SUNCAT 13 70 1 1 5
  9. 9. “In the case of journal collections, about half of all respondents–slightly more in the arts and humanities than in other fields–strongly agreed that they “often would like to use journal articles that are not in [their] library’s print or digital collections.” (P.38) Ithaka S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK Survey of Academics 2012 Note. 3498 respondents; a response rate of 7.9%
  10. 10. “Blogs, microblogs and other social media tools offer greater flexibility in terms of content, tone and timeliness compared with more formal websites and newsletters. They are a less formal and more discursive way to communicate between project or service teams and users or stakeholders”. Social Media Guidelines Author: Nicola Osborne, EDINA Social Media Officer Version: 1.1 Published: 19 October 2012 PDF version: (327 Kb) Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Guidelines on Social Media
  11. 11. 16Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013 The SUNCAT Community
  12. 12. Objectives • Promote the service • Show how it is evolving • Impart information about new developments, services etc. • Engage with the users (actual and potential)
  13. 13. Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 18 The Team!
  14. 14. Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 19 The most viewed blog post
  15. 15. Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 20
  16. 16. Marking special days
  17. 17. SUNCAT Blog postings January 2008 – May 2013 Total per year Average per month Average per week 2013 41 8.2 1.9 2012 92 7.7 1.8 2011 72 6.0 1.4 2010 61 5.1 1.2 2009 45 3.8 0.9 2008 63 5.3 1.2
  18. 18. Key subjects of Blog posts Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 34 Updates (235) New libraries (24) Interface developments (11) Service developments (11) Special days (16) Olympics (16) Weird & wonderful (11) Demonstrating the dynamic nature of the service Highlighting titles
  19. 19. SUNCAT Redevelopment: some posts • Redevelopment of the SUNCAT Platform • Focus on post search filters • Feedback on the new look SUNCAT • Focus on limiting your search • Technical architecture overview
  20. 20. Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st JUNE 2013 36 SUNCAT Redevelopment : new home page
  21. 21. Search results showing filters
  22. 22. Summary • Have been quite active in Blogging • Have not had much feedback in the way of comments although Twitter (especially the @VoicesLibrary) did elicit some comment • Doesn’t really take a lot of time especially as the responsibility for writing posts is shared • We have been able to arrange for our technical colleagues to contribute posts. • Does allow for immediate communication ie. no need to wait for a complete issue of a newsletter to be compiled and published • Helps with the articulation of views, opinions etc. (Not unique to Social Media)
  23. 23. Future Plans for Blog postings • Discuss professional matters such as RDA and serials (based on survey work carried out for article to be published in Alexandria: journal of national and international library information issues) • Highlight specific collections in Contributing Libraries • Highlight the work of individual team members
  24. 24. Websites & Sources of information • Social Media Quotations m • SUNCAT • EDINA • EDINA and Social Media • EDINA and Social Media Guidelines ml • Itatha S+R, Jisc, RLUK UK survey of Academics 2012 (May 2013) _FINAL.pdf • SUNCAT Blog (old) (new) • SUNCAT Facebook • SUNCAT Twitter Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013
  25. 25. Contact information • EDINA Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom EH9 1PR • Email: Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3302 Fax: +44 (0)131 650 3308 • Metadata & Web 2.0 Seminar CIGS 21st June 2013
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