At the Ref Desk (4/6/21): Getting a lot of nice thank-you's this evening... #ChatReference #NationalLibraryWeek [more...] : Sneak Peek

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/7/07 (3:46pm) : A Recommendation Service for Library-related Websites: Just a sneak peek of -- a recommendation service for library related websites. I've been working on it for a while and will probably be announcing it "officially" at some point early next week.

It's built around the premise that library-related projects need and deserve a higher profile, that the technology allows us to engage this material in any number of ways.

So of course, the site features a blog, a wiki, RSS feeds and email alerts (the last two being configurable down to the individual tag). Users can rate sites and add them to a "favorites" page. There's even a LibSite Widget that people can put on their own sites (see the side navigation here for an example).

Of course, the key is user-involvement. It's not going to be much of a site if I'm the only one contributing to it. Everyone can recommend sites and even when people don't feel like doing that, they can leave constructive comments or otherwise take advantage of libSite's features.

So have a look and tell me what you think:


by Matt Pasiewicz on Sat, 4/14/07 (9:05am)

"auto-generation of thumbnail screenshots using only the URL" ... if you get that figured out, please let me know ... I'd like to do the same thing for components of our Drupal deployment.


by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/14/07 (11:31am)

There are a couple of online services that do it.

Basically what you need is some ("virtual") browser sitting on a server that loads the page in and then takes a screenshot of it.

Easy enough to describe (hard enough to actually do).