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Library 2.0 Gang 05/10: RFID - Connecting with the physical world

I was joined by two guests to explore how RFID is providing a better experience for library users, and what challenges and opportunities greater adoption of the technology will bring. In the UK Mick Fortune is known as Mr RFID - a key facilitator in the UK’s leading position in RFID adoption in...

Library 2.0 Gang 04/10: New Models for Bibliographic Record Supply

  More... Up until recently the world of bibliographic record supply has been fairly stable. The suppliers, practices and workflows currently used by libraries in their cataloguing and acquisition processes evolved twenty or so years ago and have changed very little since. Over the last couple of years we have seen the beginnings of possible change in this area. Open Library launched...

Library 2.0 Gang 03/10: The Semantic Web and Linked Data

More...The last couple of years has seen the emergence of the term Linked Data, which covers the pragmatic implementation of techniques and technologies espoused by the Semantic Web. The term Semantic Web itself, following Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s first using it in 2001, has had somewhat of a bad press, being associated with artificial intelligence and the need for web publishers to add lots of...

Library 2.0 Gang 02/10: The Open Source Library System Market

More...Open Source Library Systems have definitely arrived. Nevertheless Marshall Breeding’s Perceptions 2009 report seems to indicate that the interest in open source systems, by those libraries with a proprietary system, is still not very high even for those expressing dissatisfaction with their current system. At ALA Midwinter PTFS announced their intention to purchase the leading open...

Library 2.0 Gang 01/10: Towards A New Decade

More...The Gang for this month, Carl Grant, Marshall Breeding and Frances Haugen, convened as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, to review the game changing influences on our world over the last ten years and then attempt to predict what we will see in the next ten. Ten years ago we were still recovering from the anticlimax of the millennium bug, just ahead of the dotcom bubble...

Library 2.0 Gang 12/09: Social Software in Libraries

More...Social Software in Libraries has been a hot topic for many a month.  Like most of the technologies that we discuss on the Library 2.0 Gang, Social Software covers a broad range of individual components, and can mean differing things to different people. Our guest for this show is Meredith Farkas, Author of the book “Social Software in Libraries”.  A couple of years after...

Library 2.0 Gang 11/09: The Cataloguing Services Landscape

More...Until fairly recently it has been all quiet on the shared cataloguing front. Cataloguing departments taking records from the Library of Congress, other National libraries, or one of many other libraries that share their Z39.50 connections. Many libraries also being members of an organisation to share the cataloguing load, such as OCLC, or Talis Base in the UK. About a year ago dust...

Library 2.0 Gang 10/09: Can the Open Source ILS Business Scale?

More...The current landscape for open source library systems could be characterised as a hand full of companies, often populated by open source enthusiasts and evangelists, with a handful of staff supporting a couple of handfuls of contracts with libraries to install/enhance/support either a Koha or Evergreen system. The largest and most well known player in the sector being LibLime who say that...

Library 2.0 Gang 09/09: eBooks & eReaders

More...The Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader are spreading their influence across libraries, especially in North America. Our guest this month is Orion Pozo from North Carolina State University where he has helped rollout a couple of Sony Readers and a few dozen Kindles of various versions, for students to loan. The interest of the Gang this month (Marshall Breeding, Carl Grant, Frances Haugen) soon...

Library 2.0 Gang 08/09: Social OPACs

More... There is more to the term Social OPAC than meets the eye, as we found out when we brought together this month’s guest Beth Jefferson from Bibliocommons with Gang regular John Blyberg. Bibliocommons has spent the last couple of years realising their ambition of delivering a social OPAC service for Canadian libraries. This centrally hosted service, although architected differently,...

Library 2.0 Gang 07/09: Library Mashups

More...The Mashup, where data from one or more sites is brought together to add value to the data on another site, is only four years old. Google Maps, the basis for so many of these was released in February 2005. The iconic early example being HousingMaps.com which brings together [mashes up] data from Craigslist.org and displays it on a Google Map. Nevertheless in those few short years the...