Posted on May 13th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
I’ve just returned from the formal launch event for Lincs to the Past, the new flagship website from Lincolnshire County Council which provides online access to “the cultural heritage collections” of the county.
The launch party was held at the Collection museum in Lincoln.
Lincs to the Past builds on a previous project of the county council called ‘Cultural Collections‘, which provided a unified search interface for resources held in various cultural-service catalogues (library, museums, archives).
The new website adds a whole load of interesting functionality on top of that single search, including:
- Records collected together to form exhibitions
- Very-high-quality digitised image browse (example) including rich navigation using Zoomify
- User tagging and commenting
- Faceted search (by date period, subject term, and domain: i.e. library, museum, or archives)
- Online help
You can find Lincs to the Past at: www.lincstothepast.com
Posted on March 16th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
Yesterday the University of Lincoln hosted the latest meeting of LISN, the Lincolnshire Information Services Network of libraries and information providers from all library sectors (academic, school, public, specialist) operating in Lincs.
“LISN (pronounced listen) has been in existence since August 1998 when a group of (mainly) college and university librarians decided to network on a formalised basis. LISN is a group which meets to share staff expertise and resources between its members and therefore by extension all members’ users.”
My particular and long-running task in LISN is to make something of our website. I’ve recently re-created the site using WordPress, hosted here at the University; the group’s web domain (www.lisn.org.uk) is now pointing at the new site. Now I need to apply a decent WordPress theme and visual style; also to develop the site content: the group has agreed that it’s going to be kept small and perfectly formed(!), but there is some more information about the member organisations that needs to be incorporated.
A screenshot of the new website, pre-visual makeover:
(And yes, I’ve used the title of this blog post before. So sue me.)