One of the things about having a blog or facebook page for patrons is that you need to give them a reason to come back. What can they get there that they can’t get anywhere else? The Pirates application on Facebook hooked me with the monkey, I love monkeys! So what hook are you using […]

Anyone who knows Robin or me knows either one of us can easily talk your ear off about Web2.0, probably for a whole day, if you’re unlucky enough to be stuck wth us for that long. 馃檪 But what about 4 days between the two of us? Well, we’re about to find out. We’ve been […]

It seems every time I give a presentation on Web tools one of the questions I’m asked by overwhelmed participants is – how do you find the time to keep up with everything? I give an off the top of my head answer, which, while truthful, doesn’t cover everything. I’m hoping writing about it will […]

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be included in a group of people who saw a sneak peek of the New WebJunction. I am so impressed with the social functionality of it. Think Facebook meets Linkedin meets online learning, incredible! It hasn’t been released yet, they are talking late summer, which is too bad because […]

Mobuis is a consortium of Missouri Libraries, predominately universities and colleges, with a few public libraries, like MRRL. It’s a relatively small conference aimed at academics, but so many things translate across the board – podcasting, social networking, improving your OPAC, etc.聽 I was able to attend some great sessions, and like always I’m returning […]

Reviving the OPAC: an overview of catalog overlay software products by Mary Aycock & Jee Davis聽University of Missouri-Columbia Link: Aquabrowser Encore Endeca Primo 聽Next gen catalogs Catalog overlay Catalog search overlay 聽Facets From metadata sources Authority control 聽Possible facets: 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Author 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Format 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Online resources 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Topic 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pub date 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Geographic region […]

Free and open source software = Benefits and hidden costs Stephen Pryor Tech mngr St. Louis University Free software 鈥 can do what you what 鈥 think free speech not free beer聽 Open source software Who uses it? Approximately 87% of US organizations 鈥 Linux Why would you use free and open source software? No […]