Earlier this week, I had the honour of speaking at the Access 2010 conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The title of my talk was rather unwieldy, but what it boiled down to was:
- An environmental scan of how libraries are currently offering users of their services the ability to share their thoughts and to connect with one another around library activities
- A brief overview of some relevant emerging standards for socially-enabled applications (Activity Streams, XHTML Friends Network (XFN), and the HTML5 browser geolocation API)
- Some of my thoughts about how library software could adopt these standards to knit together experiences across library system boundaries, and outside of library systems altogether
- Some findings from an initial implementation of one of these standards (Activity Streams) in the Evergreen library system
One quick reflection is that, in the interest of using a familiar example, I think I focused too much on sharing and aggregating objects (such as reviews) between libraries and didn't make a good argument for the value of enabling connections between people based on their activities.