Video preview of the HTML5 version of Blended Shelf

As a preparation for my talk at the Bibliothekartag I made a short video of the HTML5 version of the Blended Shelf.

Currently I´m working at the ZHAW on this HTML5 version of the Blended Shelf. It is build upon great open source software such as Apache SOLR, ZEND Framework and VuFind and is implemented on the client side with pure CSS3, JavaScript and HTML.

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Talk about the Blended Shelf at the Bibliothekartag

I am happy to announce that I will talk about the Blended Shelf at the Bibliothekartag 2014 in Bremen. The talk will be embedded in the awards ceremony of the B.I.T.online – Innovationspreis. The session is planned for the 05. June 2014 from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Stand der Verbände.

The talk will be a follow-up to my talk last year in Leipzig. While in Leipzig I had to conclude my talk with assumptions about the usability and usefulness, I now will be able to present the results of my studies and give an insight in the current efforts to develop it further.

I am looking forward to interesting talks and an inspiring conference!

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Shelfies

Ohio.com (Akron Beacon Journal Online) and  VÖBBLOG are writing about “shelfies“. That is the term for the shelf-equivalent of “selfies” (Wikipedia: Selfie). I didn’t know that the New York Public Library already called out a #libraryshelfie day on 29. January 2014.

Shelfie - Sitterwerk, 2013

Shelfie – Sitterwerk, 2013

I will start to share my favorite shelfies in a gallery.

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Commercial approaches of shelf-related user interfaces

While writing my master thesis about an digital but reality-based interface to library collections (Blended Shelf), I did an extensive research of related work. In the following posts I give an quick overview over products, concepts and prototypes which somehow integrate shelves into their user interface.

The lists are not final and I sure have missed some approaches, so I’ll update the posts if I’ll stumble upon other interfaces. If you know about shelf-related interfaces which are not listed here, please let me know by contacting me or simply leave a comment.

I categorized the different approaches into three groups. The categories may be ambiguous and the single approaches may overlap, but until now I haven’t found a better way to cluster the various approaches:

  1. Commercial: This categorie assembles applications and interfaces which were or still are commercially available for end users or institutions other than libraries.
  2. Scientific: For items in this categoriy libraries are only a use case to explore some concepts. Mostly the prototypes where not actually used in libraries except for research studies.
  3. Library-specific: Here I collect all approaches which focus on serving libraries and their users. This products could be the result of commercial development, library in-house development or of scientific approaches.

Today I start the series with the commercial products. Posts about the library-specific and scientific approaches will follow soon.
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Finally starting my blog (again)

Greetings,

finally I realized my long pursued wish for (re)setting up my personal weblog.

Blended Shelf showing a color sorted shelf.

Blended Shelf showing a color sorted shelf.

I’m trying my best to blog regularly on interesting stuff and innovations regarding libraries, technology and especially the intersection of both.

As a start I will set up a website with information about the Blended Shelf which is a result of my master thesis. Additionally you can keep track via my blog about the current and ongoing developments of this reality-based approach of library collection exploration and presentation.

You are welcome to browse through the pages and get an impression about my work and interests in library-, information and computer science.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Regards, Eike

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