Monthly Archives: February 2009

How many friends have you got?

The Economist has an article about social networks in the current issue. It introduces the Dunbar Number, the number of people we can comfortably network with. This turns out to be 150. Dr Marlow, Facebook’s ‘inhouse sociologist’ found that the average Facebook user has 120 friends, although the range is large and women typically have … Continue reading How many friends have you got?

Indiana tags, books, cloud

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries has a nicely produced Annual Report on the web. We are growing used to seeing tag clouds used in various contexts. I was interested to see this page in the report ….. The report focuses emphasizes change, asking in its title “when does change become transformational?”. I was interested in their … Continue reading Indiana tags, books, cloud

Copyright evidence registry

I was talking to my colleague Bill Carney earlier, who manages the Copyright Evidence Registry initiative, as well as our work to synchronize Worldcat with Google and other digitization initiatives. OCLC has launched a pilot to explore the feasibility of building a cooperatively created and maintained repository of copyright evidence. Based on WorldCat, which contains … Continue reading Copyright evidence registry

Assisted thinking ….. and assisted reading

As we are in a period which encourages sustained reflection on direction, structure, and value it is not surprising to see an upsurge in the volume of ‘assisted thinking’ that is now available … In a US context, CLIR, Ithaka, ARL and other organizations regularly release weighty reports. And, yes, I have pointed to several … Continue reading Assisted thinking ….. and assisted reading

Decentering and recentering: the TV/PC and the network

A couple of interesting articles on how the network is changing patterns of media consumption appear back-to-back in the current issue of The Atlantic. They prompt an observation about networking and the home. Here is James Parker on the phenomenon that is Guitar Hero and Rock Band: Both franchises, however, rely on pretty much the … Continue reading Decentering and recentering: the TV/PC and the network

Books about universities

Many of the pages in Worldcat Identities are for corporate authors, Ohio State University, for example. It is interesting in these cases to see what the most widely held items about the institution in question are. Here are some examples from universities ….. So, the list of most widely held items about Ohio State University, … Continue reading Books about universities

M-libraries in Vancouver

I am looking forward to attending the second M-Libraries Conference in Vancouver in June. The programme has now appeared and the conference is open for registration. Although mobile communications raise specific questions, more generally it represents the further diffusion of computational and networking capacity through our lives. I have quoted from the piece I wrote … Continue reading M-libraries in Vancouver

Libraries and cultural resources at the University of Calgary

Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and University Librarian, University of Calgary, visitied us last week together with several colleagues. He spoke about their ambitious plans for the new Taylor Family Digital Library. It was especially interesting to hear about the organizational structure within Libraries and Cultural Resources, which brings together several ‘memory … Continue reading Libraries and cultural resources at the University of Calgary

Recording and disclosing print archiving commitments

My colleague Constrance Malpas is inviting comments on the use of MARC Field 583 “to record and effectively disclose local print archiving commitments so that libraries might better judge the relative risk of local de-duplication efforts or, conversely, where maximum preservation benefit might be gained through a distributed archiving effort”. The document is available here … Continue reading Recording and disclosing print archiving commitments

The centrality of the catalog?

In listening to discussions about the library catalog, I am surprised not to hear more about how the type of library affects our assessment of how central the catalog is to library services or user behaviors. For simplicity sake, think reductively of three categories of library material: bought, licensed and digital. Bought materials (books, DVDs, … Continue reading The centrality of the catalog?