So far, I haven't heard much about OpenID in libraries. It will
change, I'm sure. Once you get past the bureaucracy(sp?),
OpenID+Z39.83(NCIP) will make libraries' pretty much borderless.
Especially now that Evergreen is going to force commercial ILS
vendors' to make their systems worth their cost ;)
On 3/22/07, William Denton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I hadn't been too clear on OpenID but a week or two ago I listened to a
> recording of a talk about that explained it well. I can't find it again,
> unfortunately, but you can take my word for it that it was pretty good.
> Is OpenID being used in libraries? It struck me that it could work well
> for library systems that share resources: two systems that are part of the
> same consortium or provincial/state system; two neighbouring public
> systems that let people from one borrow at the other; academic libraries
> that want to make it easy for visiting profs and grad students to get
> temporary access to online resources; etc.
> Say I live in Lower Mowat but one day I'm in Upper Mowat, in the next
> municipality (or county, or whatever) over, visiting my tailor. The two
> library systems are separate but share their resources. I pop into the
> library to update my Twittering friends on my inseam measurement. I don't
> actually have an account at the Upper Mowat Library, but I log in to one
> of their computers using my Lower Mowat-supplied OpenID identifier, and
> the Upper Mowat system recognizes where I'm from and gives me access to
> William Denton, Toronto : miskatonic.org : frbr.org : openfrbr.org