Institutions

To integrate, disintegrate

Lorcan 1 min read

I liked this characterization of Eric Lease Morgan’s Top Tech Trend number five on BiblioAcid:

Pour vous int�grer, d�sint�grez votre site web [BiblioAcid: Pour vous int�grer, d�sint�grez votre site web]

Eric’s list is a nice one.
I was also drawn to his trend number five as it is another example of what seems to be a sea-change in thinking, and it echoes one of my major themes here in the past while.

5. You can decreasingly expect people to come to your website for content.

Instead, explore ways to integrate your content and services into the working environments of you patrons. Playing a role in institution-wide portal applications is one example. Create Search Bar tools for Firefox browsers. Explore the use of XUL to create institution-specific interfaces to collections and services. Syndicate your content, and develop tools — gadgets/widgets — providing seamless access to you, your content, and your services from within the user’s browser, email client, and RSS reader. [LITA Blog � Blog Archive � Eric Lease Morgan’s Top Technology Trends, 2005]

We need to find better ways of putting the library in the user environment, and not expect the user always to find his or her way to the library environment.
We should integrate library resources with each other not as an end in itself, but only when it better serves the goal of integrating them with user behaviors and workflows.

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