My final digital library collection resource is NYPL’s Planning Digital Projects for Historical Collections. This site provides information about the purpose of digitizing historic materials, the planning of a digital project, the selection of materials, the organization of information, and the effective delivery of the materials. It’s an older site, but I found much of the information relevant today. In particular, I agree with the statement, “Preserving and presenting the true context of the materials are critical in delivering digitized materials on the web.” Last semester, I wrote a digital project proposal for a local history collection. The physical collection consisted of hierarchical vertical file folders. Another intern and I looked for similar collections online and found this one at the Fayetteville Public Library significant as the online collection represented the structure of the physical collection.

I have posted before about library buildings and design. Yesterday, I was rifling through suggested bookmarks on Diigo and came across a few sites that I’d like to mention including a post on Curious Expeditions titled, “Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries.” Some of these I have seen, many I have not, but there are some amazing libraries pictured. Who knew Portugal harbored so many beautiful libraries? Well, I bet many of you did, but I didn’t. I think my favorite is still the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam that I’ve pointed to before.

Libsite.org is a recommendation service for library-related websites. Here you will find annotated links to library websites and online collections. In some cases, they describe any notable features or collections. In other cases, they indicate the content management system or provide a general description. Sites can be recommended by registered users, so if you want to promote a site/collection, this is one avenue.

The National Archives Experience lets users build their own collection, create pathways denoting the relationship between items, and create posters and videos with their collection materials. The materials are from the National Archives, and they include pictures and documents. They provide tags and links to related resources and media as well as lesson plans and teaching tools. I don’t usually share collections with my family unless relevant, but I did this one because it’s so cool. AND, not only did their eyes not glaze over, they wanted to see more- remarkable…

Either a classmate or my professor recently linked to an article about the inclusion of online, freely available books in library collections and their catalogs. Unfortunately, search in our online education environment is difficult, and so I’m not able to credit the referrer or reference the article at this time. My impression of the article was that libraries are not consistently incorporating these resources into their collections and catalogs. I am not aware of any central location that libraries might find these resources, in all their forms (i.e. Open Access, Public Domain, Creative Commons licensed, etc.), facilitating their inclusion. Selection aids exist for other resources and assist librarians in the time-consuming task of selection. Perhaps, selection aids for freely available digitized books would be helpful.

I searched online a bit to determine if the libraries that I use are incorporating some of these books and to see if I could find any selection aids specific to this group of resources. I looked for three books, that I found freely available online, in my local library catalog, in my university catalog, and in WorldCat.

All three catalogs offered online access to Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (found in the Open Library, Project Gutenberg, and HathiTrust) that is in the Public Domain. I then looked for Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (found in the CC Wiki). The physical book was cataloged in my local library, it was not in my university library (though another book of Doctorow’s was available in print), and WorldCat linked to an e-book in Library and Archives Canada Electronic Collection. Finally, I searched for the book, Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, freely available from O’Reilly Open Books. WorldCat was the only catalog with the title, and it had an e-book listing. Open Library, HathiTrust, nor Project Gutenberg provided access to this book. Of course the exclusion of any of these materials from my local public library and from my university library could be attributed to other reasons. It is possible that the books did not meet other selection criteria.

The Hilton C. Buley Library at Southern Connecticut University lists Open Access resources including books. Several of the resources, such as Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and The Online Books Page, provide RSS feeds that might be useful to any librarians interested in adding these books to their collection. The Internet Archive Text allows user ratings that could aid in selection. Project Gutenberg lists the top 100 most downloaded books and authors. And, some of the resources are subject or area specific. Librarians working in areas like young adult or children might select resources available from Literature for Children. Librarians selecting for particular subjects like agriculture or environment and sustainability could find materials in the United Nations University Publications.

There may be some copyright issues to consider with some forms of these freely available books, though. Looking at the University of Michigan’s treatment of the O’Reilly book mentioned earlier, it looks like this issue may be avoided by merely linking to the online version, thus avoiding the “copy.”

I had the opportunity to attend the OK ACRL conference yesterday. It was my first professional conference in this field, and I’m so glad I went. I was able to meet some of my fellow classmates face to face and chat with my professor a bit. I laughed my way through Dr. Silver’s presentation as he contrasted 1.0 and 2.0, covered blogging aspects including Feevy, and provided other examples of 2.0 in action. His idea of using graphic novels for ESL patrons applies to a search I’ve been conducting for a “user” in another class. I learned about a couple of new OCLC projects, WorldCat’s Identities and FictionFinder, from Dr. Connaway. Overall, the impression I have from her review of the OCLC’s user study is that users feel pretty uncomfortable using libraries. If some of their discontent is about not being able to recognize a librarian (as was suggested), is it out of the realm of possibility that we make ourselves more recognizable? Maybe we could don something other than a name tag in order to encourage them to ask questions.


Photo Credit: New Jersey State Library

Okay, not necessarily a cape, but you know what I mean.

Have you found that some words seem more attractive than others? Some words are just appropriate for their definition like onomatopoeias and the word “hubbub,” or they might be fun to say as in, well, onomatopoeia and tomfoolery. Maybe, they have warm connotations such as “hearth” and “home.” Like all good logophiles, I have developed a small bank of words that I like to use whenever I can fit them into a sentence. “Pathfinders” is one of my new favorites. While the term has been thrown around on occasion during the course of my graduate program, this semester I’ve had the chance to get to know pathfinders a little better. The Internet Public Library calls pathfinders “expert guides,” and in a way, they remind me a bit of mind-mapping in that a trail of links (thoughts) guides one to resources (ideas) on a particular subject. iLibrarian provides A Librarian’s Guide to Creating 2.0 Subject Guides that outlines a few different tools for creating online subject guides (Thanks, Lee!).


My DIWBIS final project is coming along in a rather organic way so far. I’ve continued tagging resources as they are posted in our online class environment. My intention is to review these bookmarks, refine the tagging, and add annotations before the project due date. The refining portion of this endeavor has created some uncertainty for me. When possible, I have used the poster’s own terms for tagging the bookmark. In other cases, no usable terms are associated with the link, and I am left to make a decision regarding the “aboutness” of the resource. This is often done “off the cuff.”

I am saving and organizing these resources for the purpose of discovery (and preservation but let’s save that for a later date). An assigned reading this week, Usage Patterns of Collaborative Tagging Systems, should prove useful as I begin the process of refining the tags for this purpose. The authors discuss the function that tags perform for bookmarks. If I begin to think about the way a tag will be used, it should help me tag the resource in a way that aids in its discovery. I think I’ve done this unconsciously to some extent, but the list presented in the article will allow for a more methodical approach. Of course, the list includes the resource’s “aboutness” that must be considered. The article also lists other functions that are worth consideration. For instance, “identifying what it is.” Is it an article, a blog, or video? Or, evaluating resources to determine the task involved and grouping these items accordingly. In other words, should the HTML tutorial be tagged with “web design?”

In addition to considering tags in relation to function, the authors touch upon another point that I’ve been mulling over. That is, tagging items consistently in regard to parts of speech and singular verses plural forms. Another article, from D-Lib, has some suggestions for “tidying up” tags. These include:

  • using plurals rather than singulars
  • using lower case,
  • grouping words using an underscore,
  • following tag conventions started by others and
  • adding synonyms.

Although there is some overlap, Ideant also suggests ways to ensure the value of tags in distributed classification systems.

Here’s our tag cloud now, in its pre-refinement stage. It’s a little fuzzy because I had to save the web page as an image and crop in to isolate the tag cloud…(wordpress doesn’t allow Diigo’s Javascript).


I think I’ll engage in a very libraryish activity and assign an acronym to the class associated with this blog- from here on out Design and Implementation of Web-Based Information Systems will be referred to as DIWBIS (pronounced dew-biss) for the sake of simplicity. So in DIWBIS this week, we are to choose a wiki that we feel we can contribute to in a worthwhile manner. We have a few to choose from, or we may also come up with own. I’ve looked at the list, and I like the Butler WikiRef, Butler University Libraries’ Reference Wiki. Since I have been researching open access and because one of the stated functions of this wiki is the “empowering of reference users,” I would like to add an entry on an open access resource. For instance, I could add an entry on OAISTER or one on DOAJ (directory of open access journals). Free access to scholarly information is empowering. I think these resources suffer from a lack of promotion. I’d like to spread the word.


image courtesy of PLoS

I’m playing around with my final project this morning. I’ve been using Diigo’s social annotation and bookmarking application to bookmark links posted during the course of my online class, Design and Implementation of Web-Based Information Services. I’ve created a group resource. If you click on the “view all bookmarks,” the tag list will appear in the right sidebar. This group is public- open to everyone for viewing. Everyone is also able to tag/annotate/add items to the group resource; they just need to create a Diigo account. Once the account is created, they can be sent updates to the resource via e-mail if they choose- they have a choice of immediately, daily, weekly, or not at all. There is also the RSS feed option.  I’m working with the WebSlides piece that presents the links in a slideshow. I’ve created a list from the “open-source” tags and I’m trying to imbed the widget for the slideshow into this post. Right now, it looks like I can only embed the link to the slideshow and not the slideshow itself. The “play in place” widget code doesn’t seem to be working…..

Slides Play

If anyone sees how this resource might be more useful, I would appreciate your ideas.

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