Archive for August 20, 2008

LibGuides Integration with Twitter

We’ve achieved a lot of “firsts” in the Library software world in terms of web 2.0 stuff – LibGuides was one of the first commercial library software with a Facebook app (we now have three), among the first to integrate with Del.icio.us, etc.

Today I am pleased to announce another “first” and, perhaps, the coolest one yet – Twitter integration. Now when you publish a new guide you can broadcast the news on Twitter for all your faithful followers to see. Anybody subscribed to your Twitter updates will see the name of your newly published guide and the URL to access it. It’s a great way to advertise your guides to the Twitter universe (which is getting bigger by the minute)!

Pretty cool stuff, you must admit. We thought so too…

The “post to twitter” option is available on the change status screen, when you go to change the status of your guide to “published”.

I’d like to thank our tech team, especially the resident Twitter-expert Marc, for implementing another “first”web 2.0 integration in the commercial library software world, thereby solidifying the LibGuides’ position as the leading web 2.0 platform for libraries! 

Issues With Accessing New Servers

After our server upgrade went as smoothly as possible (zero downtime for patrons), we were alerted today that several (5, to be exact) of our clients were not able to access the new servers. After scratching our heads and looking at the problem from every possible angle (I’d like to thank our clients who worked with us on figuring it out), one of our genius techies (i.e. not me) said “it must be the bogon issue – their network administrators should check their bogon filters for the 174.*.*.* address. This network was only recently opened up by IANA. Bogon filters are filters designed to remove bogus IP addresses from being routed or spoofed. This is now a valid network and should not be filtered” (for more info, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogon_filtering)

And – sure enough – our new servers are on 174.* network and hence the reason why any network with obsolete bogon filter rules had problems accessing them. Even though this was not a LibGuides server issue (nor LibGuides problem in general) we are still bummed out that these 5 clients had their LibGuides access interrupted for part of the day, and we apologize for this – if we could have fixed it immediately we would, but this was out of our hands.

So, this should be a lesson to every network admin out there – keep those network rules and bogon filters up to date – because these obsolete filters not only prevent you from accessing LibGuides, but also from accessing many other (valid) sites who happen to be on this newly-approved 174.* network. The good news is that 98% of our client sites already had these bogon filters updated, but we want to help these 2% get on the train as well 🙂

If you are having problems accessing LibGuides, have your IT folks check the bogon filters for 174.* range – this is most likely the culprit.

LibGuides Community Members on a Map

Marc has created a pretty cool Google Maps mashup which shows the locations of all our LibGuides member libraries. Check it out at http://community.libguides.com/community_map.php. You can zoom in and out, and clicking on any blue push pins will reveal the institution name as well as their LibGuides URL.  

The map is also available from the main Community Site (http://community.libguides.com) , by clicking on the “Member Map” link. We will be updating this map with every new client, so keep checking it regularly – until you can’t see the earth from all the blue pins 🙂

http://community.libguides.com/community_map.php

Monthly LibGuides Stats – July 2008

Here are the most recent cummulative stats for the LibGuides community.

Community Sites: 305
Librarian Accounts: 5152
Total Guides: 12,145
Total Pages: 69,929