OverDrive Community Reserve

June 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm | Posted in 2.0 | Leave a comment

Saw an announcement about this service on the handy Library Technology Guides blog. Community Reserve (could they have come up with a clunkier, less exciting name?) is “a digital resource sharing service within the Digital Library Reserve platform that enables participating libraries to manage and share download audio books, eBooks, music, and video in supported formats. Use it to distribute locally produced, non-commercial content and share digital materials across OverDrive’s library network at no added cost.”

A handful of public libraries have signed up and the vendor’s FAQ notes that Community Reserve contains “over 100 titles” (I’m underwhelmed, but it is pretty new). I’m not quite sure I get the purpose of this product given the market strength of YouTube, but perhaps it allows a sort of inventory control (use statistics, etc.) and does it allow you to add these locally-produced digital things into a database that includes your paid digital materials? Or is Community Reserve a separate entity altogether?


Mappr in the library?

November 1, 2006 at 5:45 pm | Posted in 2.0, browsing, flickr, mappr, OPAC, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just recently discovered the Charlotte public library’s Learning 2.0 site, and, though that, Mappr. My first thought about the latter is: could you re-work this to be a map of the library and let people look at the “geography” of the stacks and see images of book covers? Ooh ooh ooh? You could also do “human-interest” pictures of people in the reading room/computer lab/front desk/whatever, but if you could engineer it so it’s like browsing the stacks….hmm.

Are there any downsides to telling people exactly where certain materials are? Would it be a bad idea (for security purposes) to do this for materials kept, say, in the newspaper microfilm area? Would you have to re-do it every time there is a major shift?



where the heck did this blockquote graphic come from?

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