[Web4lib] Virtual Library from scratch

Chester D. Mealer chester at rpl.org
Wed Mar 31 09:22:21 EDT 2010

We're actually doing the same thing. Our focus is on maximizing what can be done anywhere. We're starting to use Library H3lp to extend our reference desk. We don't have the budget for ebooks, but they are on the wish list. We're also working on providing tutorials on all the databases that can be used outside the library. As we add online services, we're trying to do press releases and announcements as a "see what your tax dollars are doing."

Chester Mealer
Rapides Parish Library

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From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Edelblute
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:14 PM
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Subject: [Web4lib] Virtual Library from scratch

As the Anaheim Public Library is downsizing staff and reducing open hours to the public, Library Administration wants me to help create a Virtual Library presence for the stated purpose of "Developing and deploying twenty first century library services that use the Internet and social networks to connect with users and promote library value."

So my first step toward this is to brainstorm for ideas on accomplishing this.  That is where you come in.  If you were given this assignment, what would you try to do?

Thomas Edelblute
Public Access Systems Coordinator
Anaheim Public Library

First determine what you want to achieve, then obtain the best technology to attain that goal.

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