The “sneak peak” of LISZEN: Trends will be available at 5:00 p.m. [EST] today. In anticipation of this, here is a little bit of information on the new project.
If you are familiar with Digg then you are already well on your way to understanding what LISZEN: Trends is all about. LISZEN: Trends uses Pligg (a content management system based off of Digg), which allows users to add and vote on content.
Below is a brief rundown of the basics:
Submitting an article is as easy as posting the story link, and adding your own notes to the story. Below is a picture of Step 1:
After submission, the story stays in “Queued News” until enough users vote on the story as being noteworthy.
Once enough users vote, the story switches to “Published News” and appears on the home page of LISZEN: Trends.
If you are interested in seeing LISZEN: Trends first hand, be sure to come back at 5 p.m. [EST]. All that is required is a valid email that can be used to send access instruction. Oh, and before anyone asks… RSS Feeds are included!
Even more exciting than LISZEN: Trends are the possibilities such a content management system has. In the next 2 months I would love to see a library use this technology to announce new books. Where the links would take the patron directly to the book in the library catalog and patrons could vote and/or comment on every title.
So, to all those innovative libraries: on your mark, get set, go…
Wanting to find out what other librarians are saying about Library 2.0? Or perhaps you can’t remember who talked about “Fighting the Stereotypes!” a few weeks ago. Welcome to the search engine for librarians!
I’ve been slaving away, taking links from LISWIKI and importing them to Google Co-op. The result is a custom search engine that sifts through 530 individual blogs. Excited yet? If not, here are just a few of the top library blogs that are included in every search:
So, what is everyone still reading this post for? Check out a new way to search for library information at LISZEN.com.
Also, I still have a few more surprises up my sleeve… so stay tuned.
Automatic Update Distribution of IE7 is rolling out on November 1st. I urge all libraries to test out their current website to make sure it works with Internet Explorer 7. While there isn’t anything that can be done about remote patrons updating in the coming weeks, libraries do have an option. The Automatic Updates Toolkit for IE7 can be installed to block upgrades for staff and PAC terminals.
There will most certainly be questions on how to navigate with the new look of Internet Explorer 7. It contains tabbed browsing, more security features, and improved printing options. Time to re-write those “Internet Crash Course” lesson plans. For more information visit the official IE Website.