Next Generation Catalog IG at Midwinter

Next Generation Catalog IG at Midwinter: Three Next Generation Catalog Projects The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 13, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Hilton Garden Inn (conveniently located just outside the convention center), in Salon A/B. We will have presentations and discussion about three locally developed and/or open source catalog projects. Ross Shanley-Roberts of Miami University will discuss their SolrPac project; Bess Sadler of the University of Virginia will discuss their Project Blacklight; and Chris Barr and Andrew Nagy of Villanova will discuss their VuFind project. A brief business IG business meeting will follow the discussion.


Thomas Dowling’s Top Tech Trends

Increasingly radical rethinking of the catalog. What is it? What’s in it? What do we need it to do? Does every library really to buy its own, or build its own – or can we all work off of one Great Big Catalog In The Sky (or in Dublin, OH)? Questions that we answered in previous centuries are open for reconsideration and the one fair prediction is that the rate of change for catalogs will continue to go up. Truly portable net access – for real, this time. Being connected everywhere via a device you can carry around in your pocket has been a staple of tech predictions for years. But with a single demo this month, Apple’s new telephone has rewritten the expectations of what such devices should be. Whatever its eventual name, the device currently called iPhone has enough Cool Factor, and will generate enough copycats, to get…

Top Technology Trends

Thomas Dowling's Trends For Midwinter 2006

Ramblings and Meanderings, January 13, 2006 All Library 2.0., All The Time It’s the best buzzword since “Web-Enabled”, even if (or because) no two people really agree on what it means. In general, it’s a Good Thing to make better online Library services that talk that make smarter use of technology, and give more power to the user. It’s a Good Thing for libraries to take greater ownership in the services they provide. It can even be a good thing to put a fancy label on the project. That said, the actual trend for a while will be more about discussing and defining Library 2.0, rather than wholesale adoption of new services. Early Adopters of Library Catalog 2.0 I did say wholesale adoption above, right? There are more than a few toes testing the waters of fairly radical reworkings of the service formerly known as the OPAC. As I write…