Monthly Archives: August 2006

Discovery and disclosure again

I have a short article about the catalog(ue) in the current issue of Ariadne: I think that this shift poses major questions for the future of the catalogue, and this shift is bound up with the difference between discovery (identifying resources of interest) and location (identifying where those resources of interest are actually available). There … Continue reading Discovery and disclosure again

Libraries and global universities

The Newsweek ranking of the most ‘global’ universities has been widely noted. The size of library collection contributes 10% to the overall score. This seems bizarre, but is understandable as it is a readily accessible number. Maybe, Michigan will rise in future rankings if this becomes based on a library’s digital collections 😉 The piece … Continue reading Libraries and global universities

The collective collection again

The discussion about mass digitization and the growing number of off-site storage initiatives have heightened interest in what I have called the collective or aggregate collection. Over the coming years we will take a more active role in managing aggregate or collective collections: thinking about the best disposition of collections within particular inter-institutional policy environments. … Continue reading The collective collection again

Synthesize, specialize, mobilize

I have used the synthesize, specialize, mobilize triple as a way of organizing some recent presentations and have found it very useful. Unfortunately, I cannot claim credit for coining this. This is a formulation of my colleague Robin Murray of Fretwell Downing, now part of OCLC Pica. It is presented in the context of a … Continue reading Synthesize, specialize, mobilize

The pursuit of users

Scholarly Information Strategies are well known consultants. They make some presentations available on their website. There is some repetition, but that is not, after all, uncommon 😉 They explore changing patterns of scholarly publishing and communication in a network world. The themes will be familiar, but it is interesting seeing the different perspectives when talking … Continue reading The pursuit of users

Computing at the network level

The blogs are alive with the sound of EC2. EC2 stands for Elastic Compute Cloud, a wonderfully descriptive name. This is the latest instalment of the Amazon as platform story. It provides flexible on-demand computational capacity. Sourcing options are becoming more interesting, and it underlines how over the next few years the options for how … Continue reading Computing at the network level

The academic library

I got an email from a recruiter a while ago wanting to talk about candidates for a director at a UK research library. I was struck by some of the language used. The post was described as one of the “most significant non-academic posts” (my emphasis) in the college, and it reported to a “head … Continue reading The academic library

A little learning …

A couple of resources about learning, services and the network: Scott Wilson has a nice roundup of thoughts and examples under the heading elearning and web services [pdf]. Edufilter is a new blog from Dave Tosh and Ben Werdmuller, the principals in Elgg: Edufilter has been set up as a resource for those wanting to … Continue reading A little learning …

Registries: the intelligence in the network

Interaction between systems and services on the network requires intelligence. Intelligence about what is in the environment (search or resolution targets, for example), about how to interact with found entities (addresses or interface specifications, for example), about who is authorized to do what, and so on. Think of two parallels. One for human users: the … Continue reading Registries: the intelligence in the network

Net Gen?

Norm Friesen critiques what he calls the Net Gen myth.