I’d like to take a post to congratulate my colleague and fellow re-visioning conspirator Casey Bisson on his Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration. The focus of this award is his work on WPopac, a WordPress based OPAC, or online public access catalog. The best way to understand WPopac is to read the WPopac post.
Casey’s mantra is “findability” and he often quotes Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability. His attention is directed towards more than simply making library catalogs publicly web accessible but making them more valuable by encouraging interactivity and user feedback. Although the term Web 2.0 has been hacked to death by those who love it and those who revile it, the bottom line still remains that web denizens are no longer content to be consumers when they can become contributors. WPopac looks to bridge the gap between patron and library and reinvigorate libraries in the process.
The details of his award can be found in the following press release.
Congratulations again Casey and Plymouth State University!
More WPopac goodness:
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