Monthly Archives: February 2005

Yahoo, Dublin and Gulliver

I never hear Yahoo! without hearing Gulliver’s Travels. I don’t know whether the name Yahoo in Swift’s work influenced the choice of the Internet company’s name – the Wikipedia article on Swift’s Yahoo claims it did. This is the context of John Naughton’s remarks about the announcement that Yahoo’s European operations will be based in … Continue reading Yahoo, Dublin and Gulliver

Deep linking and JK Rowling

Larry Campbell asks about linking direct to a ‘record’ in Open WorldCat. This is possible: check out Pride and prejudice, The commitments, and I capture the castle. What do these have in common? Well, as I discovered earlier while helping with homework, they are on the bookshelf in JK Rowling’s website. US readers may also … Continue reading Deep linking and JK Rowling

Win an iPod

Libraries as far apart as UCL and (Michael Gorman’s) California State University, Fresno, are showing iPods as possible prizes.

Net generation students and libraries

Joan Lippincott of CNI writes about Net Generation users and libraries in a new publication: What are some of the major disconnects between many of today’s academic libraries and Net Gen students? The most common one is students’ dependence on Google or similar search engines for discovery of information resources rather than consultation of library … Continue reading Net generation students and libraries

Repositories review

JISC have released a Digital repositories review [pdf] to accompany a call for proposals in the area of repository deployment. The authors are Rachel Heery of UKOLN and Sheila Anderson of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. The review covers developments in e-learning, e-research, and digital library environments, and discusses technical and service issues.

Metadata services

Given the publication lag we have slightly updated the following paper: Metadata Switch: Thinking About Some Metadata Management and Knowledge Organization Issues in the Changing Research and Learning Landscape. Forthcoming in LITA Guide to E-Scholarship [working title], ed. Debra Shapiro. February 2005 preprint available at: (PDF:824K/25pp.).

The integrated library system that isn’t

One can read the phrase Integrated Library System (ILS) in two ways: as a system for the integrated library, or as an integrated system for the library. Although the latter is what was probably meant by the term, neither is an accurate description of what the ILS has become. In fact, it is a misleading … Continue reading The integrated library system that isn’t

Smoke and mirrors

Roy wonders if the screenshot showing works-based access below is smoke and mirrors. There is only a puff of smoke involved – really. Roy is right to note that this is not the direct response to an ‘alice’ search. It is several screens into a search (see, for example, that one of the contributors is … Continue reading Smoke and mirrors

Future of public libraries

The Laser Foundation (in the UK) has been commissioning reports about the public library system. The latest takes a new direction. They worked with a group of ‘young’ (undefined?) middle managers in public libraries to develop a report on the public library of 2015. `Public libraries press all the strategic buttons but are low on … Continue reading Future of public libraries

Library collections and services – some pictures

The library co-evolves with the community it serves, and we need to remember that those communities also change, which in turn change the services they need from the library. This is readily apparent as learning, research and records management, for example, are also increasingly carried out in a digital environment. One interesting consequence of this … Continue reading Library collections and services – some pictures