[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Feature inquiry

Deanna Frazee dfrazee at ci.killeen.tx.us
Tue Oct 7 11:46:53 EDT 2008

This prompts another thought.  If I eventually am persuaded to allow
tagging (and if I persuade my staff that it is worthwhile), can we have
tagging only by someone who has actually checked out the item?  One of
the problems with Amazon, for example, is that anyone can go in and tag
an item.  Granted, many people will not abuse this, but not everyone has

Another thing that would make it more palatable is if you could have a
list of disallowed words or something that alerts library staff to
disallowed words.  I'm thinking here more of words like "great" or
"stupid."  As tags, these are so subjective as to be useless.  Yes, I
know, this is still going against the wisdom of the masses.  The Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire audience did not always know the answer,

Deanna Frazee
Killeen City Library System
(254) 501-8995
(254) 501-7704 (fax)
dfrazee at ci.killeen.tx.us

> -----Original Message-----
> From: open-ils-general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org
> general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org] On Behalf Of David Fiander
> Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 10:25 AM
> To: Evergreen Discussion Group
> Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Feature inquiry
> Academic research has show that "wisdom of the masses" does work in
> certain specific kinds of settings. Librarything, google, delicious,
> and the "ask the audience" lifeline on Who Wants to be a Millionaire
> all demonstrate that it works on a more pragmatic way.
> The problem is that there have to be "masses" involved in being wise,
> and "the library staff" don't count as the masses. This is why
> Librarything for Libraries works: it's taking a REAL mass of book
> lovers and using that as the base collection of tags and ratings for
> the library catalogue, rather than trying to create a new collection
> of tags from scratch in a small community (it doesn't matter how big
> your library is, the set of users that will tag is small compared to
> the LT community).
> -David
> On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM, Jason Etheridge
<jason at esilibrary.com>
> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:54 AM, Deanna  Frazee
> > <dfrazee at ci.killeen.tx.us> wrote:
> >> Wisdom of the masses....that's where my problem lies.  I don't
> it exists :)
> >
> > Wisdom of the masses is the main way that relevancy in Google works.
> > Except, instead of tagging, it's linking.
> >
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