Thursday, October 04, 2007

Research Tools with End User Input

The list of sources in which users generate content is extensive, but in the library world it is a rather short list and it is growing. Recently 'old world' databases with traditional publishing roots such as Mitchell1 OnDemand5 (available at the Main Library) are now accepting user generated content. User generated content is still a novelty in the library world, but hopefully over time beneficial user generated database content will find its' way into the library database world. One such library who has embraced this possibility and made it an experimental yet functional reality is the Ann Arbor District Library which has a wonderful catalog in which users can add terms to books, dvds, and other forms of content in old school catalog cards with notes overlayed on traditional catalog content as shown on this post in the graphic above.