Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
Thursday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In this workshop for librarians, archivists and other information professionals interested in using new technologies to collect and deliver information to users, Nicole C. Engard, editor of Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data, will explain what mashups are and how they can be used in the library context and beyond.
In the first part of the workshop, participants will learn about tools they can use to "mash up"? library data with content from the web to reach more patrons (e.g., incorporating maps to enhance library data, using Flickr for digital collections, and creating library websites with data from several information sources).
After viewing examples from libraries around the world, attendees will create a website with WordPress.com, pulling data from several sources on the web. The program will provide participants with clear information on the uses and benefits of mashups in the context of library sites, ways to find tools and APIs to gather data for their own library sites, and practice in pulling data from other sites into a WordPress website.
Nicole C. Engard is the Open Source Evangelist at LibLime, where she oversees open source education endeavors. She's been published in several library journals and keeps the library community updated on web technologies via her website, What I Learned Today"¦.