• Bibliographic connective tissue

    “Instead of collecting from the vast information world for our patron base, we will collect unique materials from our patron base to preserve and present to the world” – Dorothea Salo.

    I’m in the small (but mighty) camp of librarians who hold that the future of librarianship is dependent on turning our collections work inside out.  While we deal with this profound re-understanding of our collecting and preservation work,  libraries must also, as Dave Lankes has recently put it, facilitate knowledge creation in our communities.  In other words, we need to re-consider and re-imagine how the library can act as a platform for research, scholarship, teaching, and conversation.

    At my place of work, we have an open source library catalogue (Evergreen), an open source learning management system (Sakai), and an open source course reserves system (Syrup). We are in the process of rebuilding the library website in Drupal 7 and developing our own discovery layer called jamun.  Creating and strengthening the bibliographic connective tissue between these systems so works can be readily found, read, used and re-used is what is consuming me at the moment (…that, and games and maps).

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  1. harriettg says:

    Sounds intriguing and count me in for this discussion.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Mita, this is very interesting. The intriguing title (connective tissue!) made me think of efforts in the archives world like EAD, EAC, and OAIster, in contrast to homegrown efforts, or perhaps in concert with them. (I’m also reminded of the infamous[!] post that rocked the Twitterverse [archives division] yesterday on a recent Library Journal article about librarians and archives. Whatever the fallout from that, it is definitely a sign that we all need to put our heads together and work this stuff out, since after all, it’s really all about our users.)

    Speaking of users, I am very interested in hearing how, if at all, users are contributing to description.

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