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This presentation was given at the RA in a Day pre-conference session at the 2009 Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This presentation was given at the RA in a Day pre-conference session at the 2009 Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Social Catalogues: Enriching Content that Enhances RA Services Social Catalogues: Enriching Content that Enhances RA Services Presentation Transcript

  • Social Catalogues: Enriching content that enhances RA Services
    Laurel Tarulli
    Collection Access Librarian
    Halifax Public Libraries
    tarulll@halifax.ca
  • Enhancing RA Services through the Library Catalogue
    What is a social catalogue?
    Folksonomies
    Enriched content
    Using what you’ve got
  • What is a Social Catalogue?
    User-friendly interfaces
    Invites users to participate and contribute
    Customization
    Enriched content
  • The Face of a Social Catalogue
  • Folksonomies
    • Reflects vocabulary of the users, regardless of viewpoint, background or bias
    • Accommodates new concepts that may not be reflected in the controlled vocabulary of the catalogue
    • Follows desire lines, which are expressions of the direct needs of the users
    Spiteri, L. (2007) The Structure and Form of Folksonomy Tags: The Road to the Public Library. Information Technology and Libraries.
  • The Benefits of using Folksonomies
    • Desire Lines (expressions of the needs of users)
    • Reflects needs of the community and interest of the community
    • Creates online communities of users with the same interests based on tagging patterns and usage
    • Encourages online communities of readers and user-driven RA services
    • Allows the library to build their collection on what users want, rather than what we think they want
    Spiteri, L. (2007) The Structure and Form of Folksonomy Tags: The Road to the Public Library. Information Technology and Libraries.
  • Enriched Content
    • User-generated content
    • Folksonomies/Tagging
    • Contributing reading suggestions and recommendations
    • Creating booklists
    • Ratings
    • Writing Reviews
  • Enriched Content
    Content from Vendors
    Cover art
    Search inside features
    Additional tags, reviews and recommendations
    Syndetic Solutions
    Google Books
    Amazon
    LibraryThing for Libraries
  • Using what you’ve got
    Partnering with Collection Access (aka “The Cataloguing Department”) to enhance the catalogue and enhance RA services
    Halifax Public Libraries
    Personalized summaries created by the Readers’ Services Team that addresses appeals and read-a-likes
    Embedded reading lists in the catalogue
    Reading suggestions added to the bibliographic records
    Local genre headings/access points
    RA specific training on the library catalogue
    Coming Soon – AquaBrowser!
  • Using what you’ve got
    • Edmonton Public Library
    • Books reviews by EPL customers
    • Add to my list (add to your account)
    • Recommend this title
    • What others are reading
    • Personalized book lists – “You tell us who, what and why you like to read your favourites and we will come up with a list of other titles and others for you to try”
  • Social Catalogues and RA Services
    Enhances collaboration between Collection Access and Readers’ Services
    Our collections are based on our readers’ wants and interests
    Encourages an online community of readers
    RA moves out of the physical library and into the readers’ homes and community
    Encourages users to share reading ideas and interest with the library and each other – it becomes “their” library