BiblioCommons OPAC Allows Comments, Rating, Tagging And Creating Lists

BilbioCommons, a new social discovery system for libraries that is installed over your current ILS (electronic catalog) is creating a lot of buzz lately in the library blogosphere and there is a good reason for that. With BiblioCommons you can:

* write a comment for a book in the catalog
* rate a video that you have seen
* tag items that you use from the library
* collect credits and win prizes
* create a list on the library page with favorite books, music bands, videos ..etc
* search for materials by tags
* arrange your own collection

To see how BiblioCommons work in real life, please go to the Oakville Public Library website in Canada or click here to watch the screencast.

BiblioCommons has been working with several ILS vendors, notably SirsiDynix. “We have fully integrated with [SirsiDynix’s] Unicorn and Horizon,” Jefferson said, “and just completed integration with [Ex Libris’s] Voyager for Queen’s University” in Kingston, ON. She said BiblioCommons is currently testing with two California libraries, in Palo Alto and in Santa Clara County, with others in the United States under discussion.

Don't expect immediate rollout, however. Jefferson said it will take until later this year for a “critical mass of libraries” to be using BilbioCommons.

Books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audio and eBooks are becoming hot topics for discussion, comments and ratings for users of BiblioCommons, so you should not be surprised if the social discovery system becomes widely popular with libraries.

Via: Library Journal

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