So what will library services look like to someone who carries their whole life in this smart communicator? Will our networks and peripherals be ready to interact with these devices when they enter the building?
While I was gone last month, the folks at the Moraine Valley Community College Library (one of my members!) did something very cool. Larry Sloma and Troy Swanson saw me speak about blogs last year, and they both immediately grasped the power of them. They asked me to install an instance of Movable Type on the SLS server so they could play with it, and the next thing I knew, they had multiple blogs up and running. Larry has also done extensive work customizing the interfaces, which helps illustrate how a library can make its blogs look more interesting and attractive beyond just the standard Movable Type templates.
In addition, Troy and Larry also learned about RSS and again immediately understood the potential. They have now implemented a solution that automatically displays content from the blogs hosted on my server back on the MVCC web site which is hosted on their server. So now they're blogging on the SLS server, and the content is appearing on their web site in one aggregated page. Nice!
But these two guys didn't just go off on their own and stealthily implement all of this. No, they created the proof-of-concept and then showed it to their bosses, who then approved the project. The best part is that they also created policies, guidelines, and documentation for all of this. Contact Troy Swanson if you're interested in learning about how they did this and what they went through or if you'd like to get copies of their docs.
View their hard work:
See, you don't have to be at a huge university library to make something like this work! That's the great thing about blogging and RSS!
Great job, Troy and Larry, and kudos to the administration at the MVCC Library for being so willing to try something new!
Blogroll (Sites I Read in My Aggregator)
Mobile Blogroll (Sites I Read on My Treo 600)
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Why You Should Fall to Your Knees and Worship a Librarian