There. I’ve said it. I got a copy of “Library Mashups” and I can’t put it down. Twenty minutes after I had it in my possession, I emailed her telling her I loved the book. It rocks.
Engard contributes to and edits the work of 25 contributors in this great book that explores the ways libraries deliver data. By exploring new tools and offering insight into old ones, Engrad and her colleagues really tread on new ground in relation to getting information out to the public.
I was particularly drawn to her information on effectively using Delicious and Youtube in libraries. She is all about using the software when it is needed and is beneficial – not when it is just some clumsy add on to a website or creates no value at all. I felt myself developing more concrete ideas about how these technologies are integrated into existing library webpages and for the first time understood why they can be so useful. Prior to that, I just kind of thought “Oh, and there’s Delicious which is just website tagging that can get really crazy and messy and would be overwhelming to the public at times”.
The idea of externalizing the knowledge that librarians have also really intrigued me. The concept that we should share what we know with our users so that they too can become effective users while also seeing the true value of librarians and librarianship totally rocked. It’s like a peep show – we show the public how much we rock and we help them out by sharing what we know, and then they want more and keep coming back. (I know, I have a dirty mind, but the analogy works…)
I’m still reading and there is so much this book has to offer. For instance, I can’t wait to read about Yahoo! Pipes and ways that you can improve your OPAC. Whether you’re a tech novice or a hard-core programmer type this book will contribute to your knowledge.
Check out Nicole and “Library Mashups” on her website: http://www.web2learning.net/ (It too is a peep show. Of library stuff. Not of Nicole. Dirty blog reading people. Sheesh.)