Welcome to LibDev

LibDev is a site for those interested in libraries and networked information. Want to find a way to apply tags or social bookmarking to library content? Interested in how Wikipedia can serve libraries? Want to find a better way to do patron loads or talk about what identity management means to libraries? Looking for single sign-on solutions so patrons can move seamlessly from the campus portal to your OPAC without re-authenticating? Do you know your library is sitting on a goldmine of valuable data that you can’t use because there are too many systems and vendors who can’t or won’t talk to eachother?

LibDev might be for you.

How can I get involved?

Anybody can read the posts and comments, but you’ll need to register to write your own posts or comments. Tell us what your doing or what you’d like to do. Tell us what works for you, or how you think it could work better. And if you get a chance, offer a helping hand to a colleague who’s doing the same. This is a community site, for librarians, by librarians.

Why a blog, why not a mail list?

It’s important that people be able to lurk and explore the information here at their leisure, and, when they find a valuable nugget, to share it easily. More importantly, many of us must work with technology staff outside our libraries and we need ways to involve them with these issues. Mail lists require a commitment on the reader to keep up with the list, don’t support attachments, don’t support html, are often poorly archived. As a blog, LibDev supports rich pages with graphics and links, content is available in HTML and RSS, stories and comments all have durable links, and the pages are indexed by Google and other search engines (so our work contributes to the overall pool of knowledge).


LibDev is hosted by Plymouth State University‘s Lamson Library and Information Technology Services. It is powered by WordPress, and the banner uses Mark Whitaker‘s photo of “Dome, Royal Exchange, Manchester.” Use for this purpose is covered by the Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share alike license.

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