Integrating Libraries & Communities Online: Bookspace.org Glenn Peterson, Web Administrator Marilyn Turner, Manager, Web Services & Training Hennepin County.

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Integrating Libraries & Communities Online: Bookspace.org Glenn Peterson, Web Administrator Marilyn Turner, Manager, Web Services & Training Hennepin County Library Slide 2 Slide 3 A county of readers! On average, every suburban Hennepin County resident checked out 17 books, DVDs and CDs in 2006 This is twice the national average Redesigning the HCL online readers advisory website in 2006 was a strategic goal Slide 4 Goals of redesign Bring together relevant resources for a particular genre or subject. Allow librarians to easily contribute content to assigned pages without needing any programming knowledge Allow customers to contribute their own content and share their favorite books with each other. Allow customers to track and update their contributions and have access to services they are receiving Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Slide 8 Slide 9 Slide 10 Slide 11 Slide 12 Slide 13 Bring together relevant resources Book lists Author lists New title information Librarian tips Websites Lets take a look at the Fiction page Slide 14 Slide 15 Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18 Slide 19 Who is doing this work? BookSpace Coordinator Sharon Hilts McGlinn, Senior Librarian in Web Services, IT Division Hands on developer BookSpace workgroup (5 librarians) Chaired by BookSpace coordinator Overall vision, planning BookSpace contributors (30 librarians) Overseen by BookSpace Coordinator Genre page teams (2 librarians on each) Book list creators Author list creators Slide 20 Allow librarians to easily contribute content Add and maintain websites Post to Librarian blog 1-2 times/mo. Track comments added to blog Easy to use web forms Slide 21 Librarian Tools Slide 22 Slide 23 Goal: Customer Contributed Content Allow customers to contribute their own content / share their favorite books Allow customers to track and update their contributions Slide 24 Social Features User Comments on books and other titles Slide 25 Slide 26 Slide 27 Screen shot of comments Slide 28 Social Features User Comments Blogs Slide 29 Social Features User Comments Blogs Book Lists staff-created auto-generated user-created Slide 30 Slide 31 Slide 32 Social Features User Comments Blogs Book Lists Its Alive! current activity most active contributors Slide 33 Slide 34 Social Features User Comments Blogs Book Lists Its Alive! User Profiles Slide 35 Slide 36 Slide 37 Looking Ahead New ways to connect users Users who are reading __, are also reading __ Facebook wall Friends Slide 38 Slide 39 Looking Ahead New ways to connect users Users who are reading __, are also reading __ Facebook wall Friends Challenges control issues Slide 40 Geek stuff Database-driven RSS everywhere ColdFusion (or ASP, PHP, etc.) Slide 41 Takeaways Drawn on library staff Empower your users Create opportunities for serendipity Let users interact Slide 42 Contact Information Marilyn Turner, mturner@hclib.orgmturner@hclib.org Glenn Peterson, gpeterson@hclib.orggpeterson@hclib.org Slides http://www.hclib.org/extranet