November 2, 2004
The buzzz . . . (or new stuff you need to know about!)
Here is a list of the stuff that people were 'buzzing' about at the Access 2004 conference.
This is a fairly new-ish search interface that searches for info contained in scholarly/academic collections and is based on RLGs "Union Catalog on the Web" (books only at the moment - about 120 million). The beauty of this is that you can log in and customize RLG to check results against your own library catalogue (UNLV is on the list). The metasearch groupies are claiming that this is just about the best search interface they've seen (arguing its merits vis a vis the traditional opac). You can save citations and export to MLA, APA, etc
unalog is a Furl-like application that is one of the growing number of social software apps that are springing up. You use it to save your bookmarks online, and you can share with others, syndicate using RSS, and so forth. unalog was created by Daniel Chudnov at Yale.
- Delicious Library
Run your own library with your Mac (yay Mac!) and iSight! This project opens up discussion at a conceptual level (this is not, as far as I can tell, a fully functioning ILS BUT Seattle Public Library has been working with it) about the alternatives that are out to traditional ILS systems (see also the Sakai Project).
Posted on November 2, 2004 4:58 PM to cool new tools