Monthly Archives: November 2008

Holiday and RSS

No posts for the next few days over the (US) holiday period as we are travelling. A parting note on reading feeds. I have shifted to Chrome for much of my web use. Although there are a few things I miss, overall I like the snappiness of its response. This means that I have also … Continue reading Holiday and RSS

Criss cross catalogs

It is interesting to look at the variety of ways in which newer catalog/discovery layer deployments are linking to third party services. The list of VuFind implementations on their ‘about‘ page provides a good sample. There is some variety within the overall VuFind pattern. Here is an example from a result for an edition of … Continue reading Criss cross catalogs

In Borders earlier

I was in our local Border’s just now, forlornly looking for a weekend Financial Times. Not finding one, I was looking around aimlessly. A couple of things caught my eye, where one mode influences another. One of the nice things about Border’s is that you can look for items on their ‘catalog’ in the store. … Continue reading In Borders earlier

BL web

I notice that the British Library has revamped its website. They have also launched a new catalog in beta, using Primo. Currently it searches over 13M records for books and other materials, a major scholarly resource. They also point to the just launched Europeana portal which has been remarked in various places in the last … Continue reading BL web

A bright future ….

The Research Information Network, a national research and policy unit in the UK which looks at the information needs and practices of researchers, has produced what it calls a Guidance Booklet. The title is Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: a guide for vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers. The audience is senior university administrators. … Continue reading A bright future ….

A network generation …

Further to notes about NetGen, Fintan O’Toole’s wonderful remarks on public libraries, and networking and the Obama campaign, here is Fintan O’Toole on generations, networks, and the election. Thirdly, and closely related to this change, is the cultural impact of the internet. The fears expressed about the internet even a decade ago were that it … Continue reading A network generation …

QOTD: Murdoch

Some interesting quotes from a Rupert Murdoch lecture on the current media landscape on CNET. He talks about “compacency and condescension” in newsrooms. “The complacency stems from having enjoyed a monopoly–and now finding they have to compete for an audience they once took for granted. The condescension that many show their readers is an even … Continue reading QOTD: Murdoch

The book and the cover up

I spent a couple of hours in Heffer’s in Cambridge a while ago. Turning a corner I was pleasantly surprised by a set of handsome books in fine covers especially set out for inspection. It turned out they were a special issue to mark the 30 year anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics. 2008 is … Continue reading The book and the cover up

Net gen again

From the Economist review of Don Tapscott’s latest book, Grown up digital. Young people are fine, he argues, it is baby boomers who are befuddled. Contrary to the claims that video games, Facebook and constant text-messaging have robbed today’s young of the ability to think, Mr Tapscott believes that “Net Geners” are the “smartest generation … Continue reading Net gen again

LeVan on Yee on mashups

I mentioned Raymond Yee’s book on mashups a while ago and signaled that a fuller review would follow from my colleague Ralph LeVan. This has now appeared: Ralph reviews the book positively in the current issue of Ariadne. I can’t imagine a more comprehensive book on mashups. This book would make a great textbook for … Continue reading LeVan on Yee on mashups