Friday, August 18, 2006

They DO mash, they DO.

I found the entries in the Mashing Up the Library Competition. There are 11 so far. They are located on a forum at the Talis site. Interesting that many of the people who can do amazing stuff like make a mashup don't have blogs, so haven't tagged an entry on technorati.

The one that caught my eye was Lillian, a chatbot who is meant to tell you holdings in a library near you. After exhausting the cities I knew in the UK, I entered London, but she still didn't know what I meant. Looks nice, though.

There's a
cute little cover display that shows all the Mystery items added to the library in the last 6 months.

There's an entry from the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0 It's just so uber.

Some were created just for the competition by non-library folk. Some were already in use. I think that both are great - people are thinking about using these things in libraries and those who already are can get acknowledgement.

All I can say is - cha cha cha!

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Paul Miller said...

Hi. We ended up with 18 entries, spanning a wide range of different takes on the notion of a library mashup.

I look forward to the judges' deliberations, and to continuing to nurture this increasingly important area of library service delivery.

Kathryn Greenhill said...

18 entries is just great.

The competition encouraged me to find out more about what a mashup is and to think about how we can use them in our library.

Would you consider prublishing the judge's comments, with the entrants' permission? I'm sure they'd spot things that most of us wouldn't have even considered. Very educational.

Paul Miller said...

Publishing the comments is an interesting idea that I'll look into. We'll certainly we talking about the trends/issues that we observe in the entries (and non-entries).

I'd also welcome comments from anyone out there; just visit to see the entries. Each entry is a forum post, to which you can submit comments.