Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website
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Libraries today are presented with the challenge creating a unified user experience out of systems which are traditionally highly separate silos. Often this is done by literally copying and inserting data and information from one system to another. In the case of the library website data is often copied from the library catalog, article databases or other sources. However, this method is neither efficient nor sustainable. As a result, the University of Houston Libraries has developed a home grown content management system based on the following principles of Web 2.0: Radical decentralization, Small pieces loosely joined, and Remixable content. This tool allows librarians to create web pages that are a mix of types content from various systems including events, finding aids, blogs, library catalog, and federated search. By using this tool, subject librarians can create highly specialized "virtual libraries" for their users in a particular subject area. Additionally, content from the library website and other systems can now be incorporated into external websites such as those for colleges and departments. This innovation has allow the library to better serve its users by presenting them accurate, up to date, and relevant information..