Just some random thoughts I had while listening to the Talking with Talis podcast with Tim Coates.
- I know very little about library management systems and the book processing side of things. I need to change this and am hoping to spend some time in our resources department.
- Library statistics. The Public Library standards were mentioned, but the Public Library User Survey wasn’t, I’m sure all libraries have to do this and I know it asks about the library environment and what people came to the library for. I need to find out what happens to the results.
- One library catalogue for the whole country – actually I’d quite like this. What I’d really like is a mash up of Amazon, LibraryThing, Revish and a library catalogue, so I don’t have to tab between them all when I find a book I want to read.
- One national library website (that’s me out of a job then) I think this may have been what the Peoples Network website was trying to do. It’s supposed be like visiting your local library, only online and consists of three sections – Enquire, a 24 hour chat enquiry service (that’s for another post) Discover, not updated since the launch a few years ago and Read, a books and reading website that’s better done elsewhere. Apart from Enquire I find the whole website an embarrassment to the library profession.
- Too many libraries doing the same thing – I like to think we’re doing something here. Many libraries maintain a list or directory of useful links on their website. In the South West we’ve put together the cyberLibrary which is a partnership of thirteen authorities, who all contribute.