Festival of Ideas 2017 at the University Library - The Special Collections team are once again taking part in the University’s Festival of Ideas, a public engagement initiative that celebrates the arts, h...
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LibraryThing and the library catalog: adding collective intelligence to the OPAC,by John Wenzler (San Franciso State University Library) whose paper presented at a Workshop on Next Generation Libraries (September 7th, 2007) describes how libraries in the United States are using LibraryThing, including a helpful list of instructions for installation.
I then looked at how Nuffield College Library and the Central Science Library are using LibraryThing but could not see any major advantages over our existing library catalogues. Whilst the addition of a picture of a dust jacket might assist in locating a copy, the image does not show the spine, most commonly the only part of the cover visible on a crowded bookshelf and I failed to spot the linked library classmarks.
However, I can imagine that pictures of dust-jackets/front covers would look good on a virtual display of new books, so look forward to learning how to do this next Thing.
|Early morning reflections, Raudfjorden, June 2010 (Polar adventurer)|
|Humboldt penguin, photographed by Victius, 2009 (Flickr, Creative Commons)|
I enjoyed looking through Emma Coonan's bookmarks on Delicious but found her Penguins tag rather misleading! This is more my sort of penguin! I like the way Emma has bundled tags - I can see I may wish to do this too.
|My South Asia bookmarks on Delicious|
Inspired by the use of Delicious at Stanford Green Library, my social bookmarking experience to date has been rewarding, bar having to join Yahoo, whose website is truly awful. (yes, yet another user name and password also involved).
I successfully imported my bookmarks from my Firefox browser at the Centre of South Asian Studies into Delicous, tagged them all (I had several hundred, so this took some time), used the opportunity to check each of them, updating and deleting outdated ones and can now see these from my PC in the UL. I decided to keep them all private for the time being but plan to make selections of them public (determined by tag) on web pages I manage during the summer. When I have time (and this has been the biggest obstacle to me tackling the 23 Things so far), I plan to import my bookmarks from my browser at the UL and integrate these with my SAS bookmarks. Some will simply duplicate existing ones, but many more will be unique to my UL/RCS work. I am hoping Delicious will spot the duplicates for me! Will it?
It will be extremely useful for me to be able to access all my bookmarks in one place.
I especially like the tag cloud produced and look forward to seeing how this will change when I add more geographical and Commonwealth links, and am hoping it might make a nice feature on my web pages.
|Pipitea wharf, Wellington, 1933|
(National Library of New Zealand on the Commons)
|Georges Nijs (Flickr, Creative Commons)|
This image of a large tabular iceberg was taken by Georges Nijs, and posted on Flickr with a creative commons licence.
I has hoped to embed the presentation by Dr Julian Paren in this post, but the only way I was able to publish it was directly from Slideshare to Blogger, as a separate post. I would welcome concise advice as to how I could have achieved this as I have spent far too long pasting the embedded HTML code into my blog and failing, reading Slideshare Help screens etc. I was also prompted to create my own Slideshare account - which I did (yes, yet another password, licence agreement...). Was this necessary to embed someone else's presentation into my blog?
Hopefully, by the time you read this you will have enjoyed viewing The World's last great wilderness (Antarctica) by Dr Julian Paren, Schools Liaison Officer, British Antarctic Survey. Dr Paren gave this talk at the Royal Geographical Society, on 8th February 2001.
I hope to master the art of embedding presentations in my blog, and perhaps in future I will embed presentations from SAALG conferences into the SAALG blog. Currently these are posted on the SAALG website.
The University's Press Office embedded a YouTube presentation in their press release announcing the launch of the Centre of South Asian Studies' digitised film archive. The Centre's archivist, Dr Kevin Greenbank is interviewed with Film archivist Annamaria Motrescu. We have received very good feedback from the presentation.
I hope to be able to embed presentations into the Centre's Library web pages too, particularly some I have viewed relating to research skills, which may assist our MPhil students, plus the YouTube presentation on our cinefilms.
|Mike Thomson (Flickr, Creative Commons)|
|Timo Arnall (Flickr, Creative Commons)|
|Walrus, Poolepynten (Polar Adventurer, 2010)|