Posting to Autocat
On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:30:59 -0500, Suzanne Stauffer <stauffer@LSU.EDU> wrote:
>Speaking as one user, if the catalog is restricted to items owned by the library, that is EXACTLY what I want to see when searching for a work of fiction for recreational reading.
>I’m interested in knowing what you think our users want to see?
People should be able to see what is in the local collection, and that should be no problem at all. But, let’s imagine it is 1 or 2 years from now and the ebook reader has taken off. They are becoming useful, and there is a great deal of interest among the business community (at last!) to create the equivalent of the Ipod for ebooks. (Not to toot my own horn, but I recently bought one and wrote a piece about my experiences, sent it to another list, and put it on my blog:
This may interest people)
When (not if) the ebook reader takes off, I will want to know (and many want to know right now) what is available for download, and at that moment, people will be faced with a staggering amount: hundreds of thousands (at least) of freely downloadable books in Google Books and the Internet Archive, plus lots from other projects, such as Gallica and Europeana, but more ebooks and edocuments from think tanks, international organizations, and many, many other places. The numbers will probably skyrocket when the ebook reader becomes popular. There are big problems with this, as I try to outline in my blog post.
For another idea, see my previous post in this thread, where I experiment with a record to show how people could use the catalog record with dbpedia, which seems as if it would be much more interesting than what we have today. It makes me think that there should be a project that links our headings with dbpedia. That could be done now using id.loc.gov. If librarians and catalogers worked with dbpedia to make useful links to materials all over the place, then we would be creating something new and useful for society.