Here’s an article I stumbled across late last week. I think it really points to some ideas for the future of libraries, the library catalogue and information retrieval.
Here are some quotes from the article:
“… a former digital projects and web librarian, and an avid gamer, is charged with finding ways to provide library resources and services through gaming environments.”
“The new catalogue includes a single Google-style search box, an array of search options, cover art, tables of contents and book reviews.”
Hmm, definitely interesting. We may not all have the budgets to accomplish what McMaster University is doing right now, but I am excited about new features our future catalogues will exhibit. I’m looking forward to reading more about McMaster’s new library when it is finished – and what was or wasn’t a success.
The other libraries featured in this article also provide inspiration, and perhaps a little trepidation, for all that is to come. However, change is good and although we can all expect growing pains, I am very excited about the new ideas and excitement demonstrated by these librarians.