Man, these 23 things are starting to get annoying. I feel as if I should have looked in advance to see if there were a few things I didn't already know about. Alas, I must finish what I start; that's just how I roll. This thing is really an assignment is to take some sort of technological advance and blog about it. Since I've already blogged about flickr a few times, I'm gonna go ahead and ignore that suggestion. How about Danbury Library's catalog? Widgets and tagging and blogging, oh my!
I am totally pumped for this new system--you have no idea. Somehow, since coming to SCILS, I've become all about folksonomies and user-driven tags. I eat, sleep and breathe metadata. In fact, i feel bad for Danielle if she's reading this, since this website was actually brought up in our cataloging class (which I am totally digging). Anyway, she can just stop reading now, if she likes.
As for this new take on the public library catalog, it's simply awesome. I highly recommend going into the catalog and searching for a book. Any book. I looked up Harry Potter, being obsessed with everything about him and his universe, and found all sorts of tags that users applied to open an entirely new way of surfing the library catalog. Instead of dealing only with LC's subject headings (because really, some of them just don't make sense. see also: anime being classified as "Animation (Cinematography) Japan"), users can search for material on their own terms. This is a great usage of new 2.0 technology and a great step for libraries everywhere. I can't wait to use something like this in my school library's automation--you know, when I get a school library and can convince the school board that it's a great idea. So... maybe never, but we'll see.