Yesterday I attended vendor demonstrations on a new library searching platform for our network. This type of software would sit on top of our regular online catalog and make it easier for library users to find what they need. The idea is to make the experience more Google like with faceted searching and “did you mean” assistance and word clouds. It also capitalizes on people’s familiarity with Amazon and Library Thing and has the ability for library patrons to enter reviews and tags as well use a “book bag” for their selections.
There are philosophical questions that go along with this, of course. Are we “dumbing down” the experience for library users? Or are we trying to reach them at their comfort level? I’m not sure but I do know that anything that makes it easier for people to find what they want is something I support.
I also know that a day full of demos is great for knitting.
When I got there in the morning I had just picked up the gusset stitches. By the end of the 3rd demo I had finished the sock. Now that’s productivity.