What is the answer to how?
Library Journal - Dismantling Integrated Library Systems: "Several librarians have prototyped MARCtoXML conversion and search engine solutions, but perhaps no one has done it better than Mark Ludwig, library systems manager, University at Buffalo, NY. Using a simple MARC converter and the TextML indexer, Ludwig indexed the entire collection of two million records in a day and now offers relevance ranking and sort options that are unmatched by most ILS products."
everything until you find a better way.
Applied Practicality: this is cool stuff. Some might call it ambient findability right?
Frequently Answered Questions: "We are also looking for some better terminology, including what to call the whole package. Many people try the 'Journal Locator' to find journal articles, instead of searching in the online databases. What would you call a search to find if the library subscribed to a journal? We also need wording for the link to go directly to a full text article, to an issue table of contents, and to the online journal main page. Suggestions are welcome, via the comments or any of the contact methods on the DE Library Home Page."
Is it nice to be recognized?
Yes, it would be cool, one day, to just be nominated.
awards: "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship
* Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship - Policies & Procedures
* Call for Nominations
* Chancellor's Award recipients"
So what do you think about the Open Archives Initiative? And user's need? Are they related?
Library Journal - Breaking Through the Invisible Web: "Mark Ludwig discusses the University at Buffalo's attempts to move its catalog content to the web's surface ... Our students would be better served by library content on persistent pages that continue to exist beyond the end of a database search. This would help them find information where they look for it-online. We can accomplish this by using web site development products that allow for publishing web sites and database packages that enable data export. We can update, change, and maintain content in background databases and still offer a persistent presence for our content on the web server. But if we want the open, visible portion of our web sites to offer meaningful content, we also have to leave our pages in the surface web so that link-following spiders can easily find and crawl through them. There are many initiatives today to bring library content to the surface web. Projects such as the Open Archives Initiative and products such as SFX seek to harvest and mine information from the depths of myriad databases. At the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, we have concluded experiments that show millions of web pages can be extracted from databases-..."
How do you learn to be better? Look for the best. I'd like to work for this person someday.
Loomware - Crafting New Libraries
Loomware - Crafting New Libraries: "Discussions related to information and technology in academic libraries, universities and life in general."