Different searches for different genres

March 23, 2007 at 7:46 pm | Posted in OPAC | Leave a comment

This post by Chris Anderson, the “Long Tail” guy, is very interesting. Anderson points out that different musical genres (classical, pop, jazz) are searched for differently:

But I was interested in Amazon’s classical music store for another reason: classical is a genre that the one-size-fits-all music aggregators such as iTunes don’t handle particularly well. They’re oriented around pop music, with its artist, album, track data format. Meanwhile classical music organizes around composer, conductor, performer, soloist, etc. … However, neither of them does a very good job with Jazz, where the individual musicians are often more meaningful than the band.

He goes on to point out that IMDB does a better job of allowing searching/linking by individual performer than Amazon and iTunes.

So, what collections or genres in our libraries (digital or not) could benefit from customized searching abilities? HmmmMMMMMmmmmmMMMMMM.


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?



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