Making It Easier to Browse
We looked at StackLife, which has been set up for the new Digital Public Library of America and is being piloted for Harvard, too.
We also looked at how North Carolina State University libraries do a shelf browse. Here’s a sample record:
And here’s the “Browse Shelf” view for that book:
We then looked at BrowZine, an iPad app that lets you browse journals your library has online access to and save them to your bookshelf in the app. This video gives a good overview of what it looks like on an iPad.
An “Awesome” Recommender
Harvard has also been piloting its “Awesome Box” project. As books are returned to the library, patrons may elect to bypass the usual book drop off slot and instead place the book in an “Awesome Box” as a form of recommendation. Items returned that way show up in a special Awesome at the Harvard Library page (which features a RSS feed of items featured there).
New Baruch-FacStaff Wifi Coming
We learned about a new wifi channel, Baruch-FacStaff, that is being tested out now. When configured on your mobile device–laptop, phone, tablet–it will automatically connect you to the wifi network as soon as you come on campus and it will allow access to the network drives.
Harvard Business Review and EBSCOhost
We talked a bit about the recently announced restrictions on use of Harvard Business Review content in Business Source Complete. It’s not quite clear how or if this will affect our use of the journal.
New Baruch College App Preview
We got a preview of the not-yet-launched update to the Baruch College app (the current version can be found in the iTunes App Store).