Library 2.0 Gang Mashups Contest Winners

To celebrate the Library Mashups theme of the July 2009 Gang, we launched the Library Mashup Idea Competition. The rules were simple:

To enter you need to send in your idea for a library mashup. It can be as simple or complex as you like. The only restriction being that it must include library data or functionality somewhere within it.

Each of the three winners will receive a copy of the Library Mashups book edited by Gang regular Nicole Engard.

And the three lucky winners are:

  • David Bigwood – Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Deirdre Wilson – Duke University Libraries
  • Janice Painter – Princeton Public Library (NJ)

Here are extracts from their submissions:

David Bigwood

I’d like to see the information in field 034 d, e, f, and g used with Google Maps to graphically depict the areas covered by maps in a collection. The 650a or 052 could be used to provide facets to narrow the selection perhaps.

Deirdre Wilson

I work at Duke Libraries in Collection Development. I would like to suggest a mashup for creating a READING THE CAMPUS Tour Map.

I propose to build upon the existing map work of Duke’s ISIS (Information Science + Informatin Studies) Program. They have constructed a new campus map and made it interactive with various highlights . I would like to take this theme further by integrating library holdings (books, e-resources, special collections, digital collections, etc.) pertaining to Duke University buildings, landmarks, people, and historic happenings into the map. I think I could use the Mirlynapi to a certain degree to query MARC subject headings pertaining to Duke University. For example, this title link could connect with several buildings/areas on the campus map. With this said, I would suggest that a group of related links get connected to any one building/area on campus.

I don’t have the expertise, but I work in the same building as the ISIS program, and there is also a Duke junior who has recently created a mobile app for Duke called “Places”, not to mention Duke Libraries own wonderful Digital Projects Department. I think I would need to finesse the subject headings considerably to get unique results for holdings to be mapped to the appropriate campus entities. The READING THE CAMPUS Tour Map would benefit many different patrons of Duke University, particularly first year students and their parents. I think this library mashup would be engaging for:

  • highlighting the collections
  • providing talking points to anyone interested in Duke
  • underscoring faculty offerings (by mapping Duke Authors titles)
  • providing a new interactive method of accessing Duke’s historical nature (especially for Alumni)

Janice Painter

My mashup idea is about travel and travel resources. My public library has a pretty darn good print travel colllection, which is used well. My community travels and continues to do so in the downturned economy. I’d love to offer a mashup that links what they’re borrowing in the collection with various online resources– I can see the NYT 36 hours in series and travel sections, the eatshop guides, Travel and Leisure reviews, the online versions of our guides, together with quirkier independent travel review sites; photo resources like Flickr, Picassa, and Panoramio; the obvious map mashes; flight price tracking like Yapta; and lodging brokers like Untours, Vacationrentals, Spafinder; add in phone apps available for on-the-go… and then have some graphical way of plotting who’s borrowed/travelled to/armchair travelled to which locations in the world as the gateway into and beyond the physical library collection. Seems like the travel collection Dewey numbers are granular enough to focus in on geographic regions. Mash that with borrowing patterns and resources and I think you’d have an interesting application.

[originally posted on the Library 2.0 Gang Site]

2 Responses

  1. Deb Lewis
    Deb Lewis at |

    Hi Nicole,
    I took your webinar from Nylink yesterday and today. It was great – thank you!

    I just wanted to note that in looking at your website, it’s somewhat difficult to read with such a dark background (I’m using IE if that makes a difference. Especially this page, where a lot of the text is in orange:

    Great job – thanks!

  2. Nicole C. Engard
    Nicole C. Engard at |


    Yes the fact that you’re using IE is the problem 🙂 Try viewing the page in Firefox which obeys style rules and you’ll see that the page actually has a white background – not a blue one 🙂

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