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Focus January 23, 2007

Posted by Mia in OCLC Worldcat, Uncategorized.

Favicons are those little teeny-weeny graphics that appear at the top of your browser, at the beginning of the “open location” text box where you type in URL locations (look up right now and find the little, round, black, WordPress favicon at the start of the URL).

This same little image also appears as the graphic bullet at the left-most column in your list of bookmarks; and when you add something to your bookmarks Toolbar.

Favicons can provide instantaneous recognition for the end-user. Models I consider superb:

Tutorial: Cornell Digital Imaging Tutorial: http://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/tutorial/toc.html

Vendor: OCLC Worldcat http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/

RSS aggregator: Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/

Social tagging: deli.cio.us http://del.icio.us/

Even stuffy old Library of Congress has cleaned its act up recently: http://www.loc.gov

(The RSS favicon for the Journal: Ariadne http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/ shows up if you check this link using an aggregator, like netvibes).

I’ll follow up with Library Examples next.