Since last October, libraries have been sharing pictures of their spaces with us for us to pass along on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve gotten some great pictures—many thanks to everyone who has been contributing. We’ve seen folks in the community sharing and liking these so we wanted to put them in one place for you to see.
Beautiful pictures of libraries! Do you have a #LibrarySpaces photo to share?
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If you’d like to add your picture to our collection and maybe see it featured in the future, send a photo (minimum size 1920 x 1080; JPG, please) to email@example.com. Please also include a brief caption with the name of the library, city and country. By submitting photos this way, you confirm that you own the image rights and agree to OCLC’s use of them in digital and print marketing and communications.
So many great library spaces, so many great pictures. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing yours!
Koo Chen-Fu Memorial Library at NTU College of Social Sciences in Taipei, Taiwan
Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, USA
Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Houston Cole Library at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, USA
Deakin University Library in Geelong Waurn Ponds, Australia
Douglas and Judith Krupp Library at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA
Moraine Valley Community College Library in Palos Hills, Illinois, USA
University of Sheffield Library in Sheffield, England, UK
Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Bowling Green State University Libraries in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
Rena M. Carlson Library at Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania, USA
Roesch Library at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Howell Carnegie District Library in Howell, Michigan, USA
Mount Holyoke College Reading Room in South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA
Oregon State Library in Salem, Oregon, USA
For the last several years, the wearables market hasn’t been particularly varied; most tended to be either fitness devices or smartwatches. However, research firm Forrester has predicted that 1 in 3 Americans will use a wearable device by 2021. While fitness devices will still likely rule, many other kinds of wearables are coming…and not all of them are even for humans. While there’s going to be more variety, will people actually buy these?
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Google's mission is to organizes the world's information and make it universally accessible, Facebook's is to give us the power to share in order to make the world more connected. So why are we so ill-informed and divided?
The press, higher education, and libraries - we don't always do it right, but a commitment to seeking the truth matters.
One of our first OCLC symposium speakers was Chris Anderson, the technology writer and former editor of Wired. He spoke for us at ALA Annual back in 2005 on the subject of his famous Wired article and soon-to-be published best-seller, The Long Tail. Like many others in our profession, I found the subject to be both interesting and appropriate to libraries, as did others whom we quoted in a NextSpace article at the time.
Libraries have been collecting, preserving and promoting “long tail materials” for centuries, of course. That’s the long tail of content. But we’ve also found that, when it comes to WorldCat, there’s a long tail for discovery.A brief history of WorldCat traffic
For the first year or so after we released WorldCat.org in 2006, most of the traffic came through the “front door”—from what we call “organic page views.” That’s where you visit the site itself, do a search, look at the results and then find materials in a nearby library.
Today organic page views account for around 12% of our traffic.
The next largest source of page views is from “signed partners.” Call this the “warehouse door,” used for large deliveries. These are organizations that work directly with OCLC in order to get programmatic, large-scale access to library metadata. As you might expect, Google is the leader in this category.
Other large “signed partners” include Goodreads, BibMe, Citavi, CiteFast and EasyBib. These are important partnerships because they make sure that library materials are found within the online services people use the most. But what might surprise you is that even taken all together, these partnerships no longer account for even half of the site’s usage. What accounts for the rest?
The long tail of discovery.A thousand side doors into your library
We refer to the last category of sites sending traffic to WorldCat as “volunteer partners.” These are websites that choose on their own to link to libraries through WorldCat.org by taking advantage of the various tools we make available for this purpose, including APIs, Linked Data sets, widgets and the like.
Volunteer partners include some large and well-known sites. For example, because of how WorldCat centralizes library data, it is much easier for search engines to find. Bing, for example, sent 9.6 million views last year, along with Yahoo (7.8 million), HathiTrust (1.3 million), Wikipedia (1.1 million) and others.
But the story doesn’t end with large web services. Because OCLC makes it easy to link to libraries through WorldCat.org, many smaller organizations can provide discovery access to libraries, too. For OCLC, these sites represent the “long tail” of library discovery.Knit one, purl two-hundred-thousand
At an OCLC Member Forum in Boston last year, I shared the fact that the knitting site, Ravelry.com, is one of the most active examples of our third category of referrers: volunteer partners. Last year Ravelry users viewed library materials on WorldCat.org around 200,000 times. That’s 200,000 opportunities for members of this tight-knit community (sorry, couldn’t help myself) to share knowledge and connect to local libraries and other fans.
More than half of all WorldCat.org page views come from volunteer partners.
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The reaction from librarians at the forum was very positive. Many had heard of or even used or recommended Ravelry. They were also pleased that an online community like this was able to easily send traffic to library materials through WorldCat. Some other interesting partners in this category include:
All together? From mighty search engines to knitters, volunteer partners now account for 58% of our page views on WorldCat.
Regardless of the size of the partner, the point is that easy tools and a variety of opportunities help OCLC democratize discovery and access to library materials. Meaning that the long tail now helps get people into libraries as well as give them content options once they’re there.
Visit the OCLC Developer Network to learn more about how you can incorporate WorldCat data into your applications and services.
If there was any doubt left that social media has become hugely important, President-elect Trump’s frequent use of Twitter has erased it. But Trump will not be the first President to communicate profusely through social media; that distinction belongs to Barack Obama, who took office shortly after social media took off. Typically, when a President leaves office, a special presidential library is set up to archive the wealth of documents associated with that administration. But what do you do if so much communication was conducted on social media? You create a special social media archive.
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It's a famous law of librarianship: books are for use. And, surprise surprise, they still are.
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