“Raised on Google, this generation won’t settle for the difficult-to-use online library catalogues that many of us are accustomed to”

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.

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2 Comments

Filed under future of cataloguing, The Library Catalogue

2 responses to ““Raised on Google, this generation won’t settle for the difficult-to-use online library catalogues that many of us are accustomed to”

  1. Nathan

    “However, change is good…”

    Huh? All change all the time? 🙂

  2. Laurel Tarulli

    Nathan,
    Change is good, or at least, the ability and willingness to change. Our current library model is working, but we cannot remain stagnant.

    What I took from this article was the push to expand and change libraries to fit our users’ needs today and in the future. I admire librarians who are willing to step out of their comfort zones and explore new options. You ask, “All change all the time?”. No, perhaps not. The ability and vision to change to better serve our users – absolutely.

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