Monthly Archives: April 2008

Making tracks

We got a present of a couple of children’s books from Australia and were intrigued to discover their relationship to the collections of the National Museum of Australia. Making Tracks takes young readers on a fictional journey through some fascinating Australian stories, inspired by objects from the National Museum of Australia’s collection. The series is … Continue reading Making tracks


I think the Pageflakes grab-bag approach works better for some things than others. Anyway, here are three sites that have come over my horizon recently. My colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura alerted us today to a page of library blogs assembled by British Library staff. I was interested to see the classification employed. There was I thinking … Continue reading Flakes

QOTD: mobile

I am writing a short piece on mobile communications at the moment and have been interested to see that the whole world is writing about the impact of mobile. The Economist has a very nice special section with articles on a range of topics (see the display panel on the right of this opening section … Continue reading QOTD: mobile

Reading blogs

I tend to have several blog entries lying around the place: often they just fall off the edge when my interests move on. Here is some text from one which I left there just that bit too long: Library blogs are a mixed lot. I am always on the look-out for interesting combinations of reflection … Continue reading Reading blogs

The musical record again: literally this time

From an interview with Billy Bragg, the Bard of Barking, in the current issue of Mojo: Vinyl, CD, or MP3? Vinyl. In a hundred years time, vinyl will be the only medium that has survived. CDs will fade, like old pictures that have gone a bit orange, and MP3s, well you can just accidentally wipe … Continue reading The musical record again: literally this time

Blake’s seven

I have noticed that any self-respecting blog has to have the occasional science fiction reference. So here is an off-topic post for Friday. A remake of Blake’s Seven is being discussed. LONDON — Hoping to cash in on the success of classic sci-fi revamps such as the BBC’s “Doctor Who” and “Battlestar Galactica,” Sky One … Continue reading Blake’s seven

Search by color …

We have been looking at Etsy at home recently: “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”. It is just nice to use. I especially like the useful search by color 😉 They have an alchemy section: Turn your ideas into reality with Alchemy! Buyers can post requests for custom handmade items, and then … Continue reading Search by color …

Google and OAI-PMH

There is an interesting note on the Google Webmaster Central Blog: When we originally launched Sitemaps, we included support for the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) 2.0 protocol, an interoperability framework based on metadata harvesting. In the meantime, however, we’ve found that the information we gain from our support of OAI-PMH is … Continue reading Google and OAI-PMH

Let me recommend ….

Lovereading is a site for readers … Lovereading was founded for book lovers by book lovers in 2005. These days, it is harder than ever to find the book you want to read next – particularly because of the sheer volume and choice of books you can find on the net. So at Lovereading, we … Continue reading Let me recommend ….

Live Mesh – as if you needed another post about it

Microsoft has announced its Live Mesh initiative: you must have heard the rumble? Another network word to join grid, graph, and web. We will have to see how it rolls out, but it is a reminder of how much is at play as Google, Microsoft and a few others race to build out our network … Continue reading Live Mesh – as if you needed another post about it