I missed the summit type thing on the future of libraries in Darien a few weeks back so I’m really enjoying getting to read the work product from that meeting. I think sometimes our profession suffers from a lack of focus, though that may just be me talking about my own shortcomings. In any case, please read and comment The Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians
If you’re interested in the idea of using web 2.0 types of features in a library catalog but don’t want those features sold to you in clunky forms by your existing ILS vendors, The Social OPAC may be for you, and now has its own website and developer community. Go look! Here’s a little bit of backstory explaining what the tool is and how they’re using it at the Darien Library.
What a nice looking site this is! Now that the week of Library & Information Resources is winding down, go look at the great list of articles, screencasts and presentations that have been assembled. They include some good thought proviking pieces as well as some very practical tutorials. There is a set of screencast howtos from Jason Grifffey about how to make a Digital New Book display and instructions on how to put a Google map on your library website from Chris Deweese.
One really picky problem I noticed: I found one presentation (John Blyberg’s) through a del.icio.us link page. When I got to his presentation, I couldn’t figure out who wrote it! (now fixed!)