week 5: digitizing

October 1, 2006

“the library of the Lunar and Planetary Institute offers a feed that includes ‘Recent additions to the collection’ as well as ‘New and Noteworthy’ items.

I work at the University of Guelph and we have a location on the first floor where all of the new acquisitions are shelved for about a week. This is a great way to present to the patrons the newest acquisitions for them to examine.

 The university of guelph (as well as many other public and academic libraries) has been slowly acquiring more and more electronic resources. We have also begun a huge project to digitize some of our resources which have fallen out of copyright. We are also involved in online virtual reference, and we are also involved in a pilot which uses MSN for virtual reference…. with this growing shift to digitizing the entire ‘library experience’, it makes sense to move to ‘digitizing’ the ‘new acquisitions shelf’ by providing an RSS feed to it. Those patrons who don’t physically visit their library may still want to know what resources are being acquired. by enabling RSS for new acquisitions, libraries enhance their ability to reach a greater portion of their patrons and, perhaps, to entice those who don’t typically visit their library, to come in for a visit to pickup a newly acquired book that they probably would not have heard about, had their library not had an RSS feed about newly acquired items.

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