lawley, libraries and the long tail

Tuesday morning’s keynote was given by Liz Lawey. Her talked rehashed much of the social software stuff going on outside of libraries and inside libraries. This boosts Jenny’s thought that “2005 is the year that libraries got it

Lawley stated that “Libraries have always been good at the long tail.” For instance, we can go beyond the NYT best seller list and promote books that have been tucked away. Rick loves finding hiden gems when he goes through the deselection process. All of this social network software is trying to do this through computers. Which method is easier and which is more successful?

Another interested tidbit from her talk is the idea to use popular tagging sites to find out what people (not librarians – ha) call certain things. This could be of help when naming library services.

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