Monthly Archives: March 2007

Librarians in the flow

OK, a last note from the CIC Getting in the Flow conference, from which presentations are now appearing on the web. Cody Hansen spoke on the NextGen panel, with powerpoint nicely done in the Lessig/Hardt style [ppt]. His theme was that librarians should be personally more visible in the web-based services they provide. He contrasted … Continue reading Librarians in the flow

Excitation – making connections with citations: a couple of presentations

I was interested to see a presentation about Sakaibrary [ppt] at Getting in the flow. The focus was on creating citation lists from library resources and making them available in Sakai. This is an example of what I have spoken about as bibliographic tissue, the growing interest in lightweight approaches to creating and sharing bibliographic … Continue reading Excitation – making connections with citations: a couple of presentations

Our digital identities: bricolage, prefabrication and disclosure

In recent presentations I talk about workflow in quite general terms. I suggest that we have seen the focus of our attention shift from the database, to the website to workflow as the web environment becomes richer. We want to get things done on the network, not just find things. Workflow, in this general sense, … Continue reading Our digital identities: bricolage, prefabrication and disclosure

Moving to a ‘single business’ systems environment

The National Library of Australia has made an interesting report available, National Library of Australia IT Architecture Project Report, March 2007. [pdf] Here is the declared purpose: The aim of this report is to define the IT architecture that will be needed to support the management, discovery and delivery of the National Library of Australia’s … Continue reading Moving to a ‘single business’ systems environment

Wales, Ohio and library poems

The National Library of Wales is celebrating its centenary with a series of events and exhibitions, and with a new website. I discovered this as I stumbled across the Wales-Ohio project, no less. As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, I need to watch how this develops! The experiences of the Welsh settlers in Ohio are … Continue reading Wales, Ohio and library poems

Bookspace

Hennepin County Library scored a small coup by securing the name Bookspace for their web pages devoted to reading. And they have made very good use of it. I was interested in the book lists provided by readers. They offer reading tips by genre, including the reader-contributed lists, new books, external reference sites, and so … Continue reading Bookspace

Gaming and the Rhinoceros in the Room

Jenny Levine spoke about gaming and libraries at Getting in the flow. I hadn’t seen this presentation before and liked that she approached it from several angles. The presentation is on her presentations wiki. I was struck by a comment she made about socialization. If large numbers of people engage in an activity it becomes … Continue reading Gaming and the Rhinoceros in the Room

Patterns of collecting of non-us books in ARL libraries

ARL has just released a report on patterns of collection of non-US books in member libraries based on an analysis of their holdings in Worldcat [pdf] The report “Changing Global Book Collection Patterns in ARL Libraries” was prepared for the Global Resources Network (GRN) by: Mary E. Jackson, Auto-Graphics, Inc. (formerly Association of Research Libraries); … Continue reading Patterns of collecting of non-us books in ARL libraries

Finding Time

A funny video about a library website? Yes, it is possible …. One of the highlights of the CIC 2007 Library Conference was in the presentation from Ellysa Cahoy of Penn State (you can see Ellysa’s presentation on Slideshare). Her topic was how the library website should help the user make effective information choices. The … Continue reading Finding Time

Getting in the flow – beside the Mississippi …

I have just returned from the very congenial Getting in the flow, the CIC Library Conference at the University of Minnesota. The conference was about how the library can and must get more readily into the working and learning lives of faculty and students. I thought the organizers worked hard to vary the program interestingly, … Continue reading Getting in the flow – beside the Mississippi …