Aaron Tay's Blog (46)

Creating custom search boxes for library use- 3 different methods

In an earlier post, i talked about how libraries are attempting to increase accessibility to their databases and catalogues via the use of opensearch plugins, custom toolbars, bookmarklets and even smart keywords.



Another way to improve accessibility is by embedding web widgets. You can embed all kinds of web widgets but here I will talk about web search widgets.… Continue

Added by Aaron Tay on May 25, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Subject guides on web 2.0 startup pages - 12 widgets

In the past few years, libraries have become increasingly innovative in the different ways they display their subject guide. Practically everything under the sun has being tried.



Libraries have tried wikis (here), paid for Libguides (here), used… Continue

Added by Aaron Tay on May 25, 2009 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Official Library Twitter accounts- what factors are correlated with number of followers?

After posting about what Library Twitter accounts are doing here and here, I stumbled upon a more efficient way of getting the statistics and this resulted in the following batch of statistics (Number of followers, Number of following, Followers/following ratio, Age of… Continue

Added by Aaron Tay on May 25, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Managing Twitter accounts for libraries - What are libraries doing?

There is considerable literature by now on handling reference and/or communicating with patrons via phone, email and Instant Messaging, but would the same considerations apply for Twitter?



Still certain issues/questions (if not answers) would be similar for all types of channels.



First off, I must… Continue

Added by Aaron Tay on May 25, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

Libraries on Friendfeed

We recently started a small scale experimental presence on Friendfeed (official announcement) . Friendfeed is one of the most popular life-streaming services out there. I was curious about whether libraries were using such services and did a small survey on it. More on that later.…

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Added by Aaron Tay on April 26, 2009 at 3:07am — No Comments

Dipity for libraries

In my last post , I talked about libraries using Lifestreaming to aggregate all their social media/web 2.0 accounts. In particular, I talked about Friendfeed.





Friendfeed is typical of most lifestreaming services in which updates from different… Continue

Added by Aaron Tay on April 26, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

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