Every now and again I take a look at the MIT website. It is always interesting. For those that don’t know, it changes based on a user contributed idea.
The MIT spotlights answer the question, “What interesting and wonderful things are happening at MIT?” The spotlight images and headlines change frequently in order to integrate and showcase a multitude of aspects of MIT. [MIT – past spotlights]
More recently, UCL renovated its web presence. And it now includes images, UCL Views, which are “curiosities, passions, investigations and imaginings of the UCL community”. As I write, it is cycling through images from the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL.
In each case, I thought the website was making a connection, both with its own community and between that community and other visitors.
The library does not have a singular network presence. There may be a main website, but the library also syndicates its presence to other venues (e.g. RSS), has unbundled to social sites (e.g. Facebook), and sources activity in the cloud (e.g. LibGuides).
The collection remains central to the library experience. However, as library services evolve beyond the collection so it makes sense for discovery services to represent more of what the library does and can provide - to move from 'full collection discovery' to 'full library discovery.'