Win a copy of Library Mashups

Last week I was on the Library 2.0 Gang talking about mashups and and my upcoming book. There were some awesome mashup ideas talked about during the call. One that has stuck with me was a way to grab reading lists from all libraries in your area so you can see what books are best for your kid.

Another really awesome idea mentioned letting patrons geocode your library to create a map that patrons could use their cell phones to follow. Basically patrons go around the library and geocode different Dewey areas and then share it with the public. In the end anyone with a cell phone can use the GPS in it to find where books are in your library.

If you have an awesome mashup idea you can win a copy of Library Mashups! Just share your idea with the gang and we’ll vote.

Competition  This month’s show launches the Library 2.0 Gang Mashup Idea competition.  To enter you need to send in your idea for a library mashup.  It can be as simple or complex as you like.  The only restriction being that it must include library data or functionality somewhere within it.  The best three, as judged by Nicole Engard and myself, will each receive a copy of the Library Mashups book she has edited.  Closing date is August 31st, send your entries to

Library 2.0 Gang on OSS and the Economy

I wasn’t able to talk on the recent Library 2.0 Gang podcast cause of all of the travel I have been doing. The topic sounded great though: “Library 2.0 Gang 10/08: Financial Crisis or an opportunity?

Unless you have been living under a stone for the last few months, the turmoil in the world financial markets can not have escaped your notice, but how will this, and the inevitable recession that we are heading in towards, influence libraries and their suppliers?

Is the library world insulated from it? Does it mean that open source become more popular because it is perceived to be cheaper, or less because there will be less funding for those involved? Does it mean that pressure to purchase add-on components as against full systems will increase? What pressures will there be on the vendors both traditional and open source? Does this mean that libraries will become more or less significant in their communities? Is this an opportunity or a crisis or both?

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Library 2.0 Gang on Open Source

I was happy to get to talk with the Library 2.0 Gang yesterday about open source.

Open Source Software has been around for many years.  Open Source components have been used to develop library systems since the late 1990’s.  Koha, acknowledged as the first fully open source library system was launched by its New Zealand based developers in 2000.   The growing interest around open source, stimulated by Koha, was given a significant boost when Georgia Public Libraries launched Evergreen in September 2006.

As those of you following me on twitter know, I wasn’t having the best Monday, so excuse my lack of eloquence.

Check it out here.

New Library 2.0 Gang Podcast

I posted about the new Library 2.0 Gang Podcast a little while ago only to find that I had jumped the gun. Now it is really really available – so check it out – subscribe – and listen often :)

You can listen to it via Library Journal or the new Library 2.0 Gang page hosted by Talis.

In this issue, we spoke with Aaron Swartz about the Open Library and other Code4Lib conference topics. You can check out my blog post summarizing what Aaron spoke about at the conference if you want more information.

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New Library 2.0 Gang

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to join in a podcast recording with the new Library 2.0 Gang:

I’m often asked when we are going to bring back the regular Library 2.0 Gang podcast show, especially after the special we did on Roy Tennant’s Library Software Manifesto, back in December.

The great news is that the Gang will be back – this month! The first show in a new improved regular Talis Library 2.0 Gang series is being recorded this week and, subject to technical wizardry, should be heading towards a podcast player near you, next week.

That’s right folks – the gang is back and I’m now a member :) Keep an eye out for our first podcast due to be released next week sometime – we talked with Aaron Schwartz about the Open Library. If you want a preview you can review my notes from Code4Lib on the subject.

What do you listen to?

In my new role, I’m going to have to keep up with what people are saying about libraries, open source and technology in general. I’m sure you’re thinking that I’m already doing that – but now I have to do it full-time! So, here’s my list of podcasts:


Do you think I should be listening to anything else? Are you listening to anything interesting that I missed?

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Podcasts I listen to

A lot of people ask me what I read online – you can find that easily by visiting my blogroll. But my podcasts aren’t listed online anywhere. Here’s what I subscribe to: