Darci Hanning, Oregon State Library, Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library, Kristi Lindsey, Penrose Community Library District, Beverly J. Obert, Rolling Prairie Library District, Tine Walczyk, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Plinkit is a program for developing database-driven web sites for libraries, that uses open-source software, and is free to the libraries who use them. Individual library projects are created with training and support by librarians from statewide/regional library organizations, using statewide funding. They work together to bring this resource into existence for the benefit of small towns, particularly in rural areas. The presenters all find it gratifying to help small libraries develop web sites with the Plinkit project. Each of the presenters gave a description of Plinkit from a different perspective. We heard viewpoints of trainers, administrators, and a librarian from a small town; all who are involved in using the Plinkit in different ways.
Martha Chantiny, University of Hawaii at Manoa Streetprint is an open-source software program for creating digital collections, developed by the University of Alberta. The purpose of Streetprint, from the web site, is to: â€œmake formerly inaccessible and ephemeral texts and artifacts available to the widest possible audience, fulfilling the promise of the Internet and bringing information â€˜back to the streets.â€™â€ Martha Chantinyâ€™s session was a tour through the features of this program and the collections they have created using Streetprint.
The Future is not out of Reach: Change, Library 2.0, and Emerging Trends David Lee King, Digital Branch and Services Manager at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas David’s site: www.davidleeking.com David Lee King is unusual for librarians: his job is â€œDigital Branch Managerâ€ with a new job description created from elements of his old job, but with an entire focus of electronic resources incorporating library 2.0 concepts. He took a photo of the audience as he began his talk, for flickr. This report is a summary from the presentation. The benefit for librarians of new technology: Some people think of change as lots of opportunity, lots of options. Yet some think: who knows whatâ€™s over the horizon, maybe trouble? DLK: “We are the lucky ones, interested in leading-edge technology for libraries.” Transformations in the social networking world are rapid: Example: YouTube, started in 2005 , is now…
Presenters: Bonnie Tijerina, Julie Griffin, and Heather Jeffcoat King, Georgia Institute of Technologyâ€™s Library & Information Center Summary: As e-book platforms change, so does the experience for readers of scholarship in electronic format. Georgia Tech Libraryâ€™s web usability working group undertook an e-book study in early Spring 2007 in order to gain insight into user expectations and perceptions of this increasingly popular research tool. Presenters will discuss the variety of e-book platforms, the techniques used in the Libraryâ€™s usability study undertaken at Tech, and the effect of the study’s outcomes on e-books as licensed electronic resources in our library.