IL2007, Day 3: Building Web 2.0 Native Library Services

Casey Bisson (met him for the first time – nice guy!)

“Libraries are much larger than our books and our OPACs”

Catalog challenges:

  • usability
  • findability
  • remindability

We use Linux daily – it’s the dominant platform of most social web apps

IBM saves over $900,000,000 annually because of LInux

Scriblio.net (used to be his WPOPAC) – very cool. He’s making this easily available to other libraries!

“sites that allow comments value their users”

“Your website is not a marketing tool – it’s a service point.”

Then Casey did a successful live install of Scriblio! Very cool. It’s basically WordPress with some customized widgets and plug-ins (and your catalog records) – took him 11 1/2 minutes, it seemed easy to do.

It’s going to work with Horizon soon. Book jackets come from Amazon.

CIL2006 Day 1: Open Source Software for Library Website Management

(Karen Coombs was the speaker)

summary – open source is cool!

sometimes it’s not free… there might be a licensing cost

still need hardware and time

advantages: change and expand on the source code if you want to, offers an active developer community – very nice!

Foundational Software:

apache, tomcat – another java-based web server
php, perl, python, ruby – open source programming languages
mysql and PostGres – more robust

Content Management:
Drupal – weblogs.ucalgary.ca – for the students
Plone – Requires Zope application server – stony brook suny runs on plone (health sciences site)
Textpattern – much simpler, fewer features

Bloging Software:
wordpress – probably best-known (LITA’s blog runs in wordpress)
WordpressMU – mu.wordpress.org – alpha stage, multiple blogs
or you can do a wordpress farm to run multiple blogs…

Movable Type – create multiple blogs with multiple authors (UHouston uses this) – another university runs thousands – mt is very scalable

Wiki software:
– mediawiki, PHP Wiki, Pm wiki – usc aiken gregg-graniteville library – runs on a wiki…

maintenance
awstats, w3c link checker, log validator – checks to see if your HTML is valid

other tools
Nvu, opensourcewebdesign – free code
tinymce.moxiecode.com – wysywyg html editor – open source, incorporate into your site. It looks like word. It can be incorporated into a CMS

htdig, Lucene – full text search engines written in Java

Furl and Wikipedia both use Lucine… hmm…

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