I've followed Peter Rukavina's weblog for a number of years. Can't quite remember how I decided he was a kindred spirit - it might have been when I was researching my newly-discovered Croatian heritage and I somehow learned he are one too. Anyway, he's a programmer geek who appreciates libraries, and from time to time comments on them. They seem to be at the front of his brain right now though, as he posts twice about some damn good ideas / hacks to improve the service of his local (or any) library.
First up is More fun with Dynix OPAC, PHP and XML, in which he reinvents part of Library Elf and offers the PHP source code so you can do the same with your Dynix catalogue. Wonder if it can work with Sirsi catalogues?
But even cooler, IMHO, is his next post, in which he laments the lack of an online ILL request form and suggests that libraries should implement a Digg-style recommendation system that would allow the community to vote up the requested items they'd most like to see added to the collection: Digg + Local Library Purchases.
I love it - who's going to build it first?
Peter, do you know Ed Vielmetti? You guys should get together, methinks!
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