bq.I have a hunch that the aggregation of reviews/summaries/screenshots/renting beats the pants off anyone’s OPAC. Now, I’m not saying that we need to have robotic materials dispensing machines (which probably could be easily achieved with conveyor belts and RFID), but I am saying that it would be great to have, for instance, Novelists’ content out where people didn’t have a search to use it? Can anyone show me a prime example of an OPAC doing something like this? – “Aaron Schmidt(Red Room DVD)”:http://www.walkingpaper.org/index.php?id=220 I don’t know if this is a prime example, but Polaris does offer “something( The world is flat : a brief history of the twenty-first century)”:http://testdriveapp.testdrive.gisinfosystems.com/Polaris/Search/fulldisplay.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.1&type=Keyword&term=0374292884&by=ISBN&sort=MP&limit=TOM%3d*&query=&page=0 of what Aaron is looking for. This example doesn’t make use of Novelist, but it can. My library had a Novelist subscription for awhile, but we decided as nice as it was, it was just too expensive for our needs. And I still think while “book covers are great(Displaying Book Covers)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2002/01/13/covers, patrons are expecting more of an Amazon-like experience.
By Michael K Pate
Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.
Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.
Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.
He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.
However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.
In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.View Archive →