Date: January 2, 2006 6:13:29 PM PST
The following is my proposal for a 20 minute prepared talk.
Title: What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture
The number of programmers in the library world is growing and our individual efforts have shown great promise, but they exist largely as a spectacle that few libraries can enjoy. We need better means to aggregate our efforts and share solutions that can be employed by libraries without programming staff.
We must look outside libraries. The blog world is rich with non-programmers using (maintaining and configuring) blog applications like WordPress or Moveable Type (or others) while thousands of developers are adding functionality via plugins and themes. What lessons can we learn from this and how might an OPAC built from those lessons work?
I'm a programmer/sys admin who is happy to have stumbled into libraries. I maintain MaisonBisson.com and post regularly at libdev.plymouth.edu. Presentation credits include four IUG programs (including one in May 2006), New England regional events such as NELINET (fall 2005), NEASIS&T (fall 2005), and ACRL-NE (spring 2004), and an upcoming program at ALA Midwinter.
Thank you for your consideration,
Library Information Technologist
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, New Hampshire