Thursday, June 01, 2006

Library 2.0 a go-go

You wouldn't know it, but I've changed the library search boxes in the sidebar.


The good folk at Talis Information Ltd. have released a few APIs to allow people like me to harness the power of the Talis Platform, the company's vision for the future of automated library service provision.


Basically, using the API means that the search boxes point at a slightly more stable source. This is undoubtedly a good thing, but Talis' Silkworm Directory, the source of online catalogue searching goodness, needs to be kept updated whenever we move our catalogues.


The idea behind this, and many other activities being undertaken by Talis and assorted other parties, is that libraries are moving onto the next phase of their existence. Library 2.0 builds on Web 2.0 principles and pushes a socialising, collaborative, energising agenda on online (and offline) library service provision.

I'm not going to go into any depth about Library 2.0 here, because other people have more time and better words to do that. Start with the Wikipedia article (link above) and trawl Talis' white papers.


In summary, then: the search boxes for Bolton, Trafford and Wigan's library catalogues have been tweaked and should be more stable. Which is not to say they weren't stable before. And Library 2.0 is the future - I've seen it, I've tasted it.

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