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This screams libraries to me! We already provide the high-speed access and the computers, so why is it so difficult for library directors to understand the benefit of adding wireless to the mix?
Maybe we just need the financial and marketing resources to do these kinds of surveys and promotions, but then it's a chicken and egg scenario, isn't it? It doesn't really matter if wireless users are the chicken or the egg, because they should be library users.
Very nice! Another reason for libraries to make sure they PROMOTE wireless service when they offer it!
Also, note Glenn's last paragraph, because it's actually quite relevant to libraries. Jon Udell never would have been able to run with LibraryLookup if the OPAC vendors hadn't constructed their URLs in such a way as to expose them as "good." Those libraries whose ILS vendors DON'T support these types of services need to push them to do so.
The web is interactive and integrated, and the last thing we need is for libraries to exclude themselves by letting the vendors build walls around us. If you're in that type of situation, tell them to tear the walls down. Now.
Gary "How-Does-He-Find-the-Time-to-Maintain-ResourceShelf?" Price kept me busy on IM this morning showing me all kinds of wonderful Yahoo things. The first, of course, is the big news that Yahoo no longer uses Google as its search engine. While this would be big in-and-of-itself, the content of the new search results are what's so intriguing to me.
Gary suggested I do a search for "shifted librarian," and sure enough my site came up as the first hit. But look what's in the result:
So Yahoo has connected its beta news aggregator to its search engine and the database behind it and then some. In the immortal words of Neo, "Whoa!"
Now go to Yahoo and do a search for CNN or the Chicago Tribune or most other BigPub sources. Notice that there's no link to "Add to My Yahoo." How long do you suppose it will be until they notice this?
Now do a search for ABC News. They have a bunch of RSS feeds, but they don't come up in Yahoo's results. I did a searcj for Suburban Library System and we come up first, but they don't show our feed, either. It will be interesting to see how well Yahoo can keep up as an RSS directory. It's a shame Yahoo can't partner with Syndic8 for this since they're already doing such a great job of it.
Do Atom feeds show up and can they be added to My Yahoo, or is this functionality Google is missing the boat on by restricting Blogger blogs to Atom and not offering a parallel RSS feed?
In addition, Gary notes Yahoo's SmartSort personal shopping assistant. Give it a whirl if you haven't, because the sliders on it let you pick which options are important to help limit search results. It's incredibly slick, and the results change in real-time as you move the sliders. Not only do the results change, but the descriptions of the products themselves change depending on what you changed with the sliders.
As Gary noted to me, something like this could be quite valuable in library search results. For example, the user could move the slider to indicate that books are important or full-text articles or images and on and on. When I saw this, I immediately thought how useful this would be for reader's advisory! Example: what is important to you about mysteries - location? type? protagonist? etc.
Oh to be a programmer with the time to create these kinds of resources!
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