Library related apps in iGoogle

Posted on September 11, 2008. Filed under: google, library 2.0, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , |

On the 6th March 2008 I did a quick search on “library” within iGoogle’s apps (via ‘Add Stuff’) and found various truly Library related apps (as opposed to things with library in the title that are nothing to do with ‘libraries’), which I categorised as per the below.  This (and other research) has informed the development of a list of Library-related gadgets that we plan to implement using the NetVibes UWA.


  • ILIM Library (India)
  • Pearland Junior High South Library
  • Penn State Life Sciences Library
  • The Library Channel
  • Library stuff (Steven M. Cohen)
  • (Jessamyn West)
  • Unshelved (Library Comic strip/blog)
  • The Shifted Librarian (Jenny Levine)

Children’s Books

Custom Search engines
These are iGoogle api’s that have been configured as search-engines. 6 in total.

  • Academic Libraries search (searches 62 college and university library sites)
  • ALA Best of Free Reference (Web sites included annual lists issued by the “ALA MARS Best of Free Reference Web Sites Committee” to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web.)
  • Clark Memorial Library
  • The Librarians Book revoogle (searches book reviews on library and librarian websites)
  • Librarians e-library (Selected resources on Libraries and Librarianship from the American Library Association (ALA) Library and a growing list of volunteers.)



  • NY Public Library Events

Google Scholar

  • UNLV Libraries Google Scholar


  • Combined Library Job postings – and library job postings on the internet.


  • D-Lib Magazine

Library catalogues

46 in total. 6 UK (university, plus the British Library); the rest appear to all be US based (mix of university/college/high school and public libraries), apart from Worldcat, and 2 Australian Libraries. Most provide a catalogue search only; a few provide a link to ‘my account’ or similar; a few provide an institutional repository search and/or a federated search box e.g. Metalib and/or links to databases/e resources/library blog/web chat service).

Database searches

15 separate api’s in total. Some were just a list of links to databases rather than a search box.

  • Amador Valley Library Online Databases (list of links)
  • The British Library (BL webpages, collect Britain, catalogue, Journal Articles)
  • Canisius Library (Jstor)
  • CLL Legal Research Engine (Easy access to authoritative legal research guides on every subject. Brought to you by Cornell Law Library.) (Inoperable)
  • DLP Library article search (Database links)
  • Foothill High School Library (list of links to dbases)
  • Gordon Library (Quick find (federated search), and links to: catalogue, databases & eresources, instant answers webchat)
  • Gumberg Library (Ebsco)
  • Gumberg Library (Proquest)
  • Gumberg Library (Journal Finder – metalib)
  • University of Kansas (eJournals – serials solutions)
  • Loughborough Uni Library (catalogue, insititutional repository, and metalib)
  • National Science Digital Library
  • Pleasanton Public Library Online databases (list of links)
  • Stamford University Library full text journal finder
  • Library Express (Log in screen, no details of what it’s for. A Wisconsin Uni ap).

Teaching resources

  • Amador Valley Student/Teacher Writing resources (list of links to copyright/plagiarism resources)
  • AVHS Teacher Resources (list of links)


  • Librarians’ Internet Index: News this week (Lii is a gateway to websites selected, described and organised by librarians)
  • LISNews (collaborative weblog)

Reference resources

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica (Library articles)
  • Wikipedia


  • BCCLS Member Libraries Map (Location of Bergen County Cooperative Library System Libraries)
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Institutional websites

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: accessibility, google, rss, universities, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , , , |

Like Brian Kelly, I came across the University of Southampton’s “iSoton” website via Lorcan Dempsey‘s blog posting.

Having had a look at iSoton, I wondered why an organisation would choose to create such a site rather than make something almost identical within a PageFlakes ‘page’ or within an iGoogle ‘tab’ for example (for free)? People could then add and delete applications from their version of the ‘page’ or ‘tab’. New applications produced by an organisation could be publicised via an rss feed (and viewed in the Pageflake or in iGoogle or elsewhere).

The comments on Brian Kelly’s blog post’s include a response from the manager of the iSoton Project.

Personally, I would like to be able to drag one or more applications from within an organisation’s page (e.g. the catalogue search box on my Library’s website; or the new BBC homepage’s news and weather sections; or a flickr photo collection) into the tool that I use – currently iGoogle.

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