#uklibchat: Innovative use of Technology in Libraries


#uklibchat: Innovative use of Technology in Libraries

uklibchahat is a regular Twitter discussion focussed on libraries. The uklibchat team decide on a theme for each discussion beforehand, give people the opportunity to add items to the agenda and then facilitate the discussion between anyone who wants to join in. The next one focuses on the innovative use of technology in libraries and will be held on 4th December (6:30-8:30pm). As a lead into this I was asked to share some examples around this theme, and this is the blog post I wrote for uklibchat.

Don’t forget to get involved in the discussion on Twitter if you can.

BBC News Report On Cost Of Somerset Library Legal Case


Interesting that the following news item headline focuses on the cost of the legal challenge to the council, but the most important point – the key changes it led to – is a footnote at the end:

As a result of the court ruling, 11 libraries kept their funding, four mobile libraries were reinstated and the opening hours at 23 libraries were lengthened.”

BBC News – Library legal case costs Somerset council £200k.

List of Library and Book APIs on Programmable Web #mashlib


List of Library and Book APIs on Programmable Web #mashlib

Programmable Web have published an article about the library and book APIs/mashups listed on their site – 49 APIs in total are listed. It gives details of what each of the APIs do and the data formats and communication protocols they use. Handy information for the Mashed Library community.

Is Twitter Really Social Bookmarking?


Is Twitter Really Social Bookmarking?

EBiz MBA recently published a table of the top ranking social bookmarking sites. Right at the top is Twitter, which surprised me, because I don’t think of it as a social bookmarking tool at all. Twitter might be a good place to share links with others, but if you post a link and then 6 months later think, “Hmm! What was that really useful link I posted on Twitter about sharing data between online services?” you’re probably not going to find it. It might also be good for finding recent links that have been posted to the social network, but it doesn’t store them in a way that makes it easy to retrieve them again at a later date. ie months or even years. To me, the key function of social bookmarking is to be able to store and retrieve links wherever (anywhere I can access the internet) and whenever (years down the line). The ability to share those links and find other related links within the social bookmarking service is also useful, but only on top of the bookmarking functions.