We were most pleased yesterday morning when checking the usual RSS feeds and alerts to find that we have had some of our Web 2.0 efforts cited in one of our favourite Digital Library blogs, Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog. More specifically we had a whole post devoted to the materials that we have put up on Youtube. The clips have all been sourced from the Scottish Screen Archive (SSA), with whom we merged last year.
Interestingly, whilst Lorcan had visited the NLS buildings a while ago, he was actually alerted to our presence on Youtube through another web 2.0 service, Slideshare. Even more interestingly, this presentation was not even posted on line by us in a shameless push for publicity, but is part of another web2.0 effort run by the Scottish Libraries and Information Council. It just goes to show how these facilities spread the word, almost virally across the internet.
This particular presentation was one given by Ann Cameron of the SSA at a recent Seminar organised by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland called “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”: metadata issues and Web 2.0 services. (The whole day and most of the presentations were themed around the Wizard of Oz, for reasons that escape me)
However, it did expose the failings of using external web 2.0 services a wee bit, as we discovered to our horror that whilst we had been cited in a number of subsequent blogs, the presentation now wasn’t showing up on Slideshare and it looked as if we’d taken it down for some reason. Of course it wasn’t ours to take down in the first place as it was added via a third party account so we were left in absolute limbo. The lack of any control over this problem was torturous, and I’m not sure I have the answer!
Of course Youtube isn’t the only web 2.0 effort we are engaged in – we have both Flickr and Facebook presence, but it does seem to be the most popular, and probably due to the element of nostalgia it gives and the sense of place that you get from these old clips.
Its given us some renewed vigor to get some more material out there, and a further push to get ourselves orgainsed to properly support the exposure of materials through these less traditional channels.
UPDATE: Ive been asked to add that the presentation was not only Ann’s work, but two colleagues on the project contributed – Liam Paterson and Eilidh MacGlone. The following link is to Eilidh’s write up on the work, and well worth a review. http://widwisawn.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/issues/vol6/issue6_1_4.html
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