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WAAL 2008: Next generation virtual reference

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on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Steve Frye, UW-Madison College LibraryMark Beatty, WiLSValerie Beech, Marquette UniversityJohn Jentz, Marquette UniversityIM/chat at UW-Madison, and future of virtual referenceSteve:UW-Madison started online reference in 2002 with Convey softwareNeeded to change software, and thought we'd look at new vendorsInstead, library powers that be asked us to look at virtual reference as a whole first2006 started with blended service (chat/IM)"Ask a Librarian" link ubiquitous throughout library webpagesDecided early on that service would be staffed at desks, with staff of various levelsNeeded to be stable, and simple - if needed more than 5 minutes of training, too muchVideo: watching collaboration on virtual ref between reference staffChoosing software - some useful websitesWill add Chat button within OPAC when "no results found"Discussion btw. Writing Center, IT, libraries, tutoring service re: creating virtual Information CommonsUsing Jing - free to download, screencasting for multi-step processes, free online hosting with URLs you can send patronTakes 7 steps to order...

WLA 2007: The 411 on Mashups

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on Friday, October 19, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Presented by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Lawrence University.Mashups are applications that use more than one source to create something new. Mapping mashups are about 32% of what's out there right now, but photo and news mashups are becoming more popular. Check the Programmable Web for more info.Mashups are:easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulatethe future of web stuffExamples:Facebook: The Visual BookshelfGoogle Maps APIDaily MashupNewsmapBook CarouselPlaceopediaUSGS Earthquake HazardChicago Crime StatisticsHousing MapSuprGlu (FrickeGlu)Frappr (blogginglibrarians)How do I make one?add this app (point & click - like iGoogle's widgets, Facebook apps)clone (yahoo pipes is an example)program (server side - Google API for example)Implications for libraries:Intellectual property: know when you can use the data or site, so you're not violating copyright; make sure you know when it's okay to remixCopyright: check for Creative Commons licensesProvenance: pay attention to the origin of the info and authorityScale and dependency: can you get support for using...
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  • Elliot says #
    Orchestr8's AlchemyPoint is another mashup builder platform made available in recent weeks. It offers a variety of capabilities n...
  • Anonymous says #
    For people interested in Mashups, I'd suggest that you take a look at MashupMania.com - it's another web based visual mashup tool ...