Last year saw the launch of Europeana, a fantastic collection of digital content from museums, libraries and archives across Europe. It was so popular it crashed almost immediately and had to relaunch a little while later. In addition to searching collections, users can also register and then save items, tag them and also save searches. They are now encouraging people to share the content they find by creating communities, although there is only a demo version available at the moment it will be interesting to see how the communities idea develops.
Now, thanks to a post on Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog I have discovered a similar project in Australia. At the moment it has the not so catchy title of SBDS Prototype but don’t let that put you off. Much like Europeana this is a fascinating project bringing together content from different sectors and in a variety of formats including digitised newspapers, maps and even archived websites. They are currently encouraging people to have a play and give feedback on the prototype so why not have a try. Both Europeana and SBDS Prototype are great examples of different organisations working together to make their collections accessible online and, although there are some UK resources on Europeana I’d love to see something similar for the UK bringing together all the fantastic collections we have here.
Anyone know of any similiar projects out there?
On 28 January I attended my first ever WebJunction webinar. This was a free online training/learning session that anyone with internet access could join in.
The session was called Staff Training in Tough Times and it was an excellent opportunity to share ideas and concerns with library folk from across the US and beyond. As far as I know I was the only one participating from the UK and I did wonder whether non-US participants would be allowed. Not only was I allowed but I was made very welcome and it was great to have an opportunity to ask about how library staff are being trained in the US. The session was very well organised and the team at Webjunction worked very hard to keep track of both chat and audio participation. The only difficulty was keeping up with the conversation in the chat room at the same time as listening to the audio and again the Webjunction team did highlight issues as they were raised in the chat room and try to keep us on track!
A full archive of the session is now available via BlogJunction including the 14 pages of chat! It was a fantastic experience and one I would certainly recommend.
Free training/networking is great but not always well publicised. From mailing lists to webinars, what would you recommend??
Jennifer Macauley in her excellent blog Life as I Know It has created a comprehensive list of sites and citations on library 2.0. Library 2.0 Roundup was originally posted in October 2006 and it is a pretty huge list to work through. Thanks to Jennifer I’ve discovered a wealth of posts and ideas that I hadn’t previously come across and I’m only about a third of a way through. I imagine it would also be a really useful resource for anyone wanting to chart the development of the library 2.0 idea from autumn 2005 to the present. Just don’t blame me if you stay up all night reading the posts, I’m finding it rather addictive reading…
Now I finally have a broadband connection up and running at home I can try out all those sites that didn’t really look work related at work! First port of call when trying to figure out blogs, wikis and anything other web jargon has always got to be Phil Bradley’s Website. Especially useful are all the articles in the “I want to…” section and the huge amount of information on different search engines – all tried and tested. Phil Bradley also writes an excellent column every month in CILIP’s Update – a monthly journal for library and information professionals in the UK. Thank you Phil!!