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Comments in the Catalog: Community Interaction Computers in Libraries 2007 April 17, 2007 Glenn Peterson, Hennepin (MN) County Library.

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1 Comments in the Catalog: Community Interaction Computers in Libraries 2007 April 17, 2007 Glenn Peterson, Hennepin (MN) County Library

2 Comments are…  mini-reviews  on any title in the catalog  a “blog for every book”

3 A very brief history…  Four threads summer book reviews by kids and teens book reviews by adults catalog customization conversations about books

4 Demo

5 Patrons can comment…  From the library catalog Full bib screen Items out  From booklists

6 Catalog issues  Editing XSLT stylesheets Illustration by James Hilston, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

7 Catalog issues  Editing XSLT stylesheets  Create link with unique bib #  Show number of comments

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10 Anatomy of the Comments page

11 It’s a mash-up…  Bibliographic info  Enriched content  Patron comments  Audio reviews (podcasts)  Amazon reviews  Related lists  Recent comments

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26 How’s it going?  Most-heavily used feature on our site  Especially popular with teens  5700 comments/3000 users over the first 11 months

27 The Long Tail Source: Number of comments Number of Titles

28 Maintenance  Pre-screened for language

29 Maintenance  Pre-screened for language Title

30 Maintenance  Pre-screened for language Title

31 Maintenance  Pre-screened for language  Batched every 4 hours and sent as an message  Reviewed by Web Services staff on rotating basis  Click a link to hide a comment  “Problem” comments edited

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33 Our to-do list  Ratings  Avatars  User profiles  Tag cloud

34 Related developments  WPopac (Plymouth State U.)  SOPAC (Ann Arbor District Library)  Millennium (Innovative)  LibraryThing for Libraries

35 Contact Information Glenn Peterson Web Administrator


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