Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Library Success Wiki

Yes, another wiki! The Library Success Wiki aims to facilitate the exchange of cutting edge initiatives that are being developed/deployed in Libraries around the world. The creator Meredith Farkas invites Library professionals to use the site as a one stop shop for identifying new service initiatives.

At the recent Information Online Conference a presenter from the Catholic University outlined how they had created an online internal policy/procedure manual using the Wiki software. Is anyone in NSW using a Wiki for in-house purposes? If so we would love to hear from you! Please forward any details of Wiki related projects to your-stories@nsw-risg.org

Post by Ross Balharrie

Friday, February 23, 2007

Webjunction; worth a look!

Webjunction is an online community for Library Staff. The site is a US initiative however; many of the resources are applicable to the Australian context. In the resources section of this site you will find useful guides on a range of subjects including; patron services, library management and technology planning.

You also have the option of becoming a member which affords you greater access to the various resources on offer.

Post by Ross Balharrie

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Google Maps Australia

Google has recently launched a product called Google Maps Australia. Based on the existing Google earth platform the new service provides excellent street maps for metropolitan and rural areas. The user has the option of viewing maps and/or aerial photos. Additional functionality includes; driving directions, city guides, address and business search and reportedly the product will operate on mobile devices such as BlackBerries and Palm PDA’s.

In trialling this product I was impressed by the breadth of detail in the maps. I grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Daylesford in Victoria that to this day has no street signage; yet Google maps listed all the street names even for obscure dirt roads.

Considering the above functionality and the simplicity of the interface this should be a very useful reference tool.


Ross Balharrie