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Only Connect: Comments wanted at brown bag session

Only Connect is the name of the Web Committee’s plan for what the library will do on the web over the next few years and how it will do it. It’s sort of the web version of the Information Literacy Manifesto that the Information Literacy Committee uses to guide their work.

There is a draft version of Only Connect available for review. We want your comments on it. We’re having a brown bag session in the SMIL screening room from noon to 1:30 on Thursday 7 August 2008, and anyone interested is invited to come and comment on it, ask questions, make suggestions, and offer changes. Everyone in the library is invited. Feel free to bring your lunch. It’s fine to drop in late or leave early.

If you can’t come, feel free to sent comments to me, Bill Denton, at I’ll collect them and take them to the lunch session.

We hope there’s lots of feedback. We’ll use your comments to revise the plan, and then take it to the Web Committee for approval. It will eventually end up at Library Forum for final approval

A bit of background about Only Connect

Three members of the Web Committee (Sarah Coysh, Catherine Davidson, and Adam Taves) took my lengthy rough first draft of the plan and worked on it with me, editing it down, reorganizing the goals into four objectives, keeping the goals from being too detailed or too broad, and creating a framework that would lead to working groups designing and implementing projects based those goals. Their work was invaluable and I thank them very much.

Not only what should be done is in the plan, but how. The plan begins by citing S. R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science and these five points:

  • Be usable. Build web sites based on user-centred design grounded in ongoing assessment.
  • Be accessible by any person on any device.
  • Be where our users are, and give them what they need when they need it.
  • Be open.
  • Be an informed, involved, and contributing part of the World Wide Web.

There are four overarching objectives:

  • Improve the user experience.
  • Create an environment of ongoing assessment.
  • Enhance access to YUL collections and Services
  • Support mutual use and reuse of content and services by YUL and others

For the full plan, read the draft version of Only Connect.

We hope to see you at the brown bag session, SMIL screening room, noon, Thursday 7 August 2008.