On Friday, three librarians from Portland State University addressed a packed session on the topic “Library Mashups for the Virtual Campus: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Create a New Current Awareness Service.”
They described how the library developed Topic Watch, a mashup using several technologies to deliver program-specific resources to faculty via the university’s Luminis portal. Topic Watch provides channels for RSS feeds and blogs, podcasts and videocasts, Del.icio.us, and articles. This last allows faculty to search directly from the portal page and list titles of the first five hits without ever leaving the portal. The article feature also incorporates Serials Solution’s Article Linker. In addition to these channels, Topic Watch includes a YouTube channel, but the library is running into copyright issues, as you might imagine. So far, the library has developed two Topic Watch subject areas: Business and Film Studies.
Topic Watch comprises one of several channels on a library “tab” on the university portal. Other channels include QuickLinks, Ask Us, Databases and Full-Text Resources, and several others.
Portland State is “considering” sharing their programming for Topic Watch via a Creative Commons license. The presenters encouraged librarians to contact them if interested.
Food for thought
What would it take to convince our ITS leadership to add a library tab to LCC’s new portal?
If we had a library tab, who would be the audience(s) for its resources and what would those resources be?
Do we have the skills to develop a tab like Portland’s?