Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dreaming about Library Catalogs


I was just doing some library related reading and found an article about library card catalogs at SearchEngineWatch. I would love to have some of the options mentioned as part of our card catalog. At the least, I would love to have our card catalog available to you on the internet. In order to do this we would have to purchase an additional server and some new software, but at the same time I have heard rumblings from the Kansas State Library (in Topeka, not Manhattan) that they are looking into the option for a statewide real time card catalog. It would be even better to be a part of it. A real time catalog would not only allow you to search one place and find out if Parsons Public Library owns an item, but it would also tell you if the item was on the shelf. I will be monitoring this and keep thinking about how to make our card catalog more accessible in the next few months.

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