Eric, thanks- I was actually going to post something to the drupal4lib list later today.
I intend to start developing this (I don't yet have permission from my library, but I expect it'll be ok) and would love to do the development simultaneously with folks at other libraries who are interested in pursuing the idea. I think there's value in it. I was going to get started in Drupal 7 and was likely going to try using something like jQuery Mobile in the theme since it'd provide some nice page turning effects and great cross-device display, etc... I won't get too specific now, again, I was going to move the conversation to Druapl4lib. But I'd love to hear from anyone interested in joining the effort who would help steer the construction of a theme in the most logical direction... Nate On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 9:09 PM, Eric Hellman <e...@hellman.net> wrote: > The challenge I like to present to libraries is this: imagine that your > entire collection is digital. Does it include Shakespeare? Does it include > Moby Dick? Yes! Just because you don't have to pay for these works, doesn't > mean that they don't belong in your library. And what if many modern works > become available for free via Creative Commons licensing? Is it the > library's role to promote these works, or should a library be promoting > primarily the works it's paying for patrons to use? > > That's why I thought Nate's suggestions were worthy of attention from > people who could potentially do practical things. > > The other hope is that if libraries can do compelling things with public > domain content, there's no reason they couldn't do the same things with > in-copyright material appropriately licensed. If the experience works, the > rightsholders will see the value. > > > On Apr 10, 2011, at 10:05 AM, Karen Coyle wrote: > > > I appreciate the spirit of this, but despair at the idea that libraries > organize their services around public domain works, thus becoming early 20th > century institutions. The gap between 1923 and 2011 is huge, and it makes no > sense to users that a library provide services based on publication date, > much less that enhanced services stop at 1923. > > > > kc > > > > Karen Coyle > > kco...@kcoyle.net http://kcoyle.net > > ph: 1-510-540-7596 > > m: 1-510-435-8234 > > skype: kcoylenet > > Eric Hellman > President, Gluejar, Inc. > http://www.gluejar.com/ Gluejar is hiring! > > e...@hellman.net > http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/ > @gluejar > -- Nate Hill nathanielh...@gmail.com http://www.natehill.net