Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data

Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data

by Nicole C. Engard
     
 

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This unique book is geared to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, increase user participation, and provide exemplary web-based service through the power of mashups.



Nicole C. Engard and 25 contributors from all over the world share definitions, tools, techniques, and real life applications. Examples range from

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This unique book is geared to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, increase user participation, and provide exemplary web-based service through the power of mashups.



Nicole C. Engard and 25 contributors from all over the world share definitions, tools, techniques, and real life applications. Examples range from ways to allow those without programming skills to make simple website updates, to modifying the library OPAC, to using popular sites like Flickr, Yahoo!, LibraryThing, Google Maps, and Delicious to share and combine digital content.

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Library Journal
Combining multiple Web 2.0 technologies into one vital interface enhances the user experience for librarians and patrons alike. A "mashup" does just that by commingling external services, e.g., by putting flickr images over a Google map. In a library context, extracting and/or enhancing the internal content of an OPAC increases searchability; adding book jackets, reviews, and social tagging complements any Library 2.0 initiative. Editor Engard (director, open source education, ByWater Solutions) and 25 contributing authors bring their journeys and ultimate successes to life by providing case studies that describe in detail the implementation process for integrating mashups. Divided into five parts, the text covers the definition of mashups (both literally and technically) and the process of mashing library web sites and catalogs, working with maps, digital images and repositories, and value-added services. Engard maintains a web site to support the book's many electronic references, and the appendix conveniently lists the web sites by chapter as well. VERDICT All in all, even the most experienced programmers should learn a thing or two here, though newcomers to technology may find some of the solutions technically intimidating. Recommended for librarians interested in enhancing usability of their library web site or catalog.—Judy Brink-Drescher, Molloy Coll. Lib., Rockville Centre, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573879200
Publisher:
Information Today, Inc.
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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