From InfoVis:Wiki
Revision as of 06:29, 23 March 2006 by Mtindia (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Library catalogs From InfoVis:Wiki As a library and information professional, I have so long searched for a nexus between the twain, viz., a) Information Visualization and b) best practices in the library world.

Based on my search, I built an extensive webliography on the above nexus. This Webliography has two related dimensions, viz., a) Alternative Cataloging / Information Visualization b) Mining The Library Catalog I have summarized my search results. See Information Visualization Demystified. In this summary there are two issues. First, a few references on the involvement of Information Visualization specialists. And, second, how the process of developing a graphical interface for library catalog has progressed so far. From the above citations, obvious is the fact that creating graphical interface is one of the possible ways. In what other ways Information Visualization could aid in building a usable, and user-friendly library catalog is the crux of the problem. How best we could apply the Guru's Visual Information-Seeking Mantra in developing next generation library catalogs is an issue, which the Guru himself may be able to guide.

One gets a lead of the probable tasks from the Guru's book: Leonardo's Laptop: Searching, Visualizing, Consulting, Thinking, Exploring, Composing, Reviewing Library and information professionals also need insights on the above from other experts. The bottom line is every book in the library must find its user.