Monday, April 7, 2008

going local in the library: web 2.0, library 2.0, local 2.0

going local in the library: web 2.0, library 2.0, local 2.0
charles lyon – business library @ u of buffalo (home of wings!!)

local info, close to home. where you are right now. (crystal city)

internet is great for the global, but needs work locally
limitations to local searches: what is the value of knowing # of XYZ near me? what are the hours, prices, etc.

google has an issue of scale ( as related to growth). good handle of global, but scaling down to local.
Information on the internet behaves differently at the local level than at the global level, google is as focused on the local as other endeavors. (my local example: finding a grocery store in my new hood)

google bought sketch-up to create 3d models of local environments
experimentation with geographic display of info (check out google labs, and maps feature)

the real potential of the web is more 2.0 and more deeper

local web is diverse:
local media, local photos, local search engines, maps, social networks
local web is the locals! the folks who live in the area. who knows the area best? not google? it’s the locals!!

local web is social: user generated, participatory,

local web is localized: neighborhoods, communities, blocks, streets, buildings

local web is about joining the real world and the virtual web (info about places, about the community)
the web is not so separate from the real world—it is part of.

local web brings a sense of place to the internet ($$$ holla!) (a crowded infosphere)

having a page of locally available links on the website (YES! let’s do it!)

can libraries do more and echo the local web and become more participatory?

everyday life is v.local.. ppl live their lives in a 20mile radius.

practice local U
be a vocal local
widen the local lens
be a yoke
libraries create their own local resources

local search: becoming more useful, more interesting
(check out the popular searches related to your area- find out what people are looking for)
yahoo local
ask has walking directions

libs creating their own search engines:
think rollyo. create certain sites for most appropriate for local info
take the links that already on our site into a custom google search and SHAZAM!!! a local search engine

local blogs:
place blogger: a directly of local blogs

libraries place blogging:
community blogs can focus on a certain niche, as it related to the library

news sites are combining old media with new media: newspapers and magazine with blogs, photos, and articles are being mapped (HELLO MASHUP!)

users can submit their own stories to blogs:

Skokie talk, (Hamilton pub lib)

local data:
building permits, crime reports— (WHOA! this is super cool!!)

wikipedia: locapedia?
using wiki technology invite the community to contribute to local resources

geotagging: think flickr and maps with photos. becoming increasingly popular, easily to id local events, local photos

why libs should go local?
local is cheap (and it is where we already are!)
guidespot (creation of local guides easier and cheaper)
local ppl are passionate and way into the history
local trust- regarded as a local asset, trusted source, a local info provider
supports the missions of the library

local long tail:
do some libraries want to strive to be the center of it all.
local library in the middle

library is a mirror, lens to the riches of local information

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