Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Darien Library Model

Blyberg Rocks! See for yourself

Darien Library Director Louise Berry:
...John Blyberg, Darien Library’s Head of Technology and Digital Initiatives, has created our website and the connection to our online catalog using open source software, and at his initiative, we are making it freely available to all libraries, as a contribution to strengthening the role of all libraries in their communities.

Michael puts it best :
“This, friends, is huge - or it has the potential to be huge. The next step is for libraries - many libraries of all types and sizes — to explore this option, to try it out, to make it so…”



also read LJ article

update:
credit also must go to the team that designed this website. the way it's organized, the simplicity and the meat behind it is spectacular.
I just registered and played aroud a little.
Man, it is truly a great usability design.

update 2 the update (He DID do it all!):
Thanks Alan for the clarification. I have been a long time fan of John, and this only goes to confirm and further my admiration. You guys are lucky to have him on your team, we are all lucky to have him in our field.

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2 comments:

ag said...

I'd just like to make this comment in response to your addendum:

It was John Blyberg who did the complete website design, its internal structure, and developed the usability elements. No team -- just John himself.

Other staff members then moved content over from the previous website and have primary responsibility for continuing to add content.

John's been pretty low key about what he's done, so let me put it this way: he's done *everything*.

Alan Kirk Gray
Assistant Director - Operations
Darien Library

sylvie said...

Here too, Thanks Alan for the clarification. I have been a long time fan of John, and this only goes to confirm my admiration. You guys are lucky to have him on your team, we are all lucky to have him in our field.