Week 4: Traditional and Non-traditional Library Catalogs

Topic/Focus

  • Background/overview of integrated library systems (ILS)
  • Buy vs. build, hosted vs. locally installed, enterprise vs. open source
  • Standards: Marc, Dublin core, Unicode, Z39.50
  • Open catalog systems
  • Long-term management of systems and data, conversion, and migration issues
  • Evolving interfaces/designs, Ease-of-use, and Google-like search interface
  • Impact of library information systems on your staff/users

Speaker via Web Conference

  • Deb Hunt, Principal of Information Edge, San Francisco, California
  • WebEx session: 4:30-5:30 PM ET  ***Remember to bring headsets to class.***

Exercises and Assignments

Hands-on Learning & Discussion in Class

  • Due: Work Breakdown Structure (Drafts). Students will discuss their view of core elements for team project. 
  • Video: Stop Sign Re-Design - How to avoid "scope creep." Humor or reality when re-inventing ourselves, defining a project's scope, requirements, audience, etc.

Independent Learning

  • Playing in Sandboxes assignment: Prepare an in-class presentation using the Pecha Kucha model: 20 slides x 20 seconds (6 minutes 40 seconds).

Readings and Resources

Topic-focused

  • Breeding, Marshall (October 2007). "The Birth of a New Generation of Library Interfaces," Computers in Libraries. URL: http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displaytext.pl?RC=12880 (accessed: 1/2/2010).
  • Engard, Nicole C., Editor (2009). Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Information Today, Inc.: New Jersey. Read the following chapters:
    • Chapter 10: Breaking into the OPAC by Tim Spalding
    • Chapter 13: Mashups with the WorldCat Affiliate Services by Karen A. Coombs
    • Chapter 18: The LibraryThing API and Libraries by Robin Hastings

Optional Readings

  • Engard, Nicole C., Editor (2009). Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data. Information Today, Inc.: New Jersey. Read the following chapters:
    • Chapter 9: Library Catalog Mashup: Using Blacklight to Expose Collections by Bess Sadler, Joseph Gilbert, and Matt Mitchell
    • Chapter 11: Mashing Up Open Data with |biblios.net Web Services by Joshua Ferraro
    • Chapter 12: SOPAC 2.0: The Thrashable, Mashable Catalog by John Blyberg

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