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Social Catalogues: Enriching Content that Enhances RA Services


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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.

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Social Catalogues: Enriching Content that Enhances RA Services

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