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Customization For Libraries


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Customization For Libraries

  1. 1. Customization for Libraries GROUP F LIS 652 INFORMATION SERVICES & RESOURCES
  2. 2. The Beginning
  3. 3. Reasons for Implementation <ul><ul><li>A new generation of library patrons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The need to be forward-thinking and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user-driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying customers’ preferences </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Goals <ul><li>“ Libraries and universities have to make access to information seamless, relevant, and personally useful to clients and stakeholders -- while at the same time competing with new information providers” </li></ul><ul><li>-Lakos and Gray </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues Facing Libraries <ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tradition </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What is RSS? <ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  RSS Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Feed Reader </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How do Libraries Incorporate RSS?
  8. 8. RSS: University of British Columbia
  9. 9. RSS: University of Oklahoma
  10. 10. Issues with RSS <ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be overwhelming for some, &quot;too geeky&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires a separate tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server or spyware problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple for the average Internet user </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customized information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed readers are free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent of email </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What is a Widget? <ul><ul><li>Some Popular Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dashboard Widgets (Mac/OSX) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook Apps </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Gadgets (iGoogle) </li></ul></ul></ul>Third-party applications that companies build to embed into major content platforms (Scott 2008)
  12. 12. Usage in Libraries <ul><ul><li>Catalog Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat Reference (Meebo, QuestionPoint, AOL Wizmi) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Widgets: Catalog Integration <ul><li>In-Website/Portal, Browser Add-on (i.e. Firefox) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Widgets: Chat Reference <ul><li>MeeboMe, QuestionPoint, AOL Wizmi </li></ul>
  15. 15. Widgets: Social Networking <ul><li>Facebook, Twitter </li></ul>
  16. 16. Widgets: University of Texas at Austin
  17. 17. Issues with Widgets <ul><ul><li>Evaluation for Users and Libraries:   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Point-of-need / Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>     vs.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determining usefulness / Delivery method (Platform) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. What are Mashups? <ul><ul><li>“ A mashup is a web application that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Darlene Fichter, “Library Mashups” </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Anatomy of a Mashup <ul><ul><li>Content host and provider </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Application Programming Interface (API) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use web protocols such as REST and SOAP </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashup Site/Host </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Browser </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Library Mashups: Maps <ul><ul><li>Uses Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes branch details, hours </li></ul></ul>Brooklyn Public Library
  21. 21. Library Mashups: Multimedia <ul><li>National Library of Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr hosts photos, allows users to upload photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users can search archives through library website </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Library Mashups: Catalog <ul><li>Uses NY Times Bestsellers API </li></ul><ul><li>Users can find bestsellers in library catalog </li></ul>Dallas Public Library
  23. 23. Issues with Mashups <ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No control over how content made available through API is used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection of intellectual property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC’s Search API is only for member institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pros: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to create </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Pipes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added value to library websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater user interactivity with library content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC has released basic API for general use </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Customization Trend Predictions <ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More expansive  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Going to become more popular and easier to use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased mobility associated with Reference Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More organizations will provide API’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Become more collaborative (users make content) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Security will increase to protect data </li></ul></ul></ul>