Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Daily Thoughts 1/5/2010
Today has been another steady day. I read some more of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. The section I was reading was on metadata and classification and schemes. It was basically about how you used words and their meanings in indexes and search engines. The authors wrote about synonyms, definitions of terms, and other minutiae. Much of it concerned thesauri in the context of computers. I like how computers have changed classification away from old systems like the Dewey Decimal System.
I have been working on a donation form for materials as well as a set of procedures for donations. It has been interesting doing this. I also took some time to look at Lexis which is now part of the library systems purchase. We have a system designed for public libraries called Lexis Nexis Library Express. It allows people to find basic legal material, company information, and news.
I also spent some time looking at Freegal which is a music download service for libraries. The question right now, is whether or not it is worth it. There are a lot of services which are quite expensive which people want.
I am tempted by the New York Tech Meetup. Not sure if I want to go. Haven't been to it yet. There are usually over 700 people at the event. They pitch five startups at each event.