January 28, 2008

Viewing the ALA Universe

Filed under: precat — jenny @ 6:47 am

I ran into a frustrating issue at work last week. To try to help solve it, I created the ALA Universe in order to help staff track some of what’s going on internally. I had just received an invite to the beta of Netvibes Ginger, the new version that lets you create a public page anyone can view, so I decided to test it by creating this resource. I sent an email about it to all staff and encouraged them to sign up for their own accounts if they want to also track their unit’s blogs, wikis, etc. Then they could add the feed for new documents added to our internal knowledge management system. We’ll see if anyone finds it useful, but I’ve already gotten a few comments from staff who think it will be valuable to them.

ALA Universe

I could have used SuperGlu instead, the way I did two years ago for the La Grange Park Public Library proof-of-concept, but I wanted a scannable view, rather than a river of news. Michael Stephens has posted about Netvibes several times with other examples that might give you ideas for how you could use the site. Ginger should go live for everyone in a couple of weeks.


  1. Is there a way to add this to my own netvibes account, or will that be possible when Ginger goes live?

    Comment by Karin Dalziel — January 28, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  2. Jenny, thanks for gathering all these blogs. I took your blog list and made a few changes for a Pageflakes page, http://www.pageflakes.com/mightylibrarian/20468147.

    Comment by Todd Quinn — January 29, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  3. Cool – thanks, Todd! :)

    Comment by jenny — January 29, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  4. Hi, you should check a similar Netvibes Public Universe : The Duch medical library of Groeningen http://www1.netvibes.com/digicmb.

    Comment by Netviber — February 1, 2008 @ 10:05 am

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