Monthly Archives: September 2009

Reputation enhancement

Reputation management on the web – individual and institutional – has become a more conscious activity for many, as ranking, assessment and other reputational measures are increasingly influenced by network visibility. In particular, it raises for academic institutions an issue that has become a part of many service decisions: what is it appropriate to do … Continue reading Reputation enhancement

Waking the unread

While looking at Google Book Search the other day I was intrigued to discover that parts of my early oeuvre, such as it is, have been digitized from the University of Michigan collections. I was particularly struck by the word clouds. Here is a word cloud from a 1991 work on libraries and networks with … Continue reading Waking the unread

Metadata sources

A while ago, I suggested that it was interesting to think about four sources of metadata in our systems and services: Professional. Produced by staff in support of particular business aims. Think of cataloging, or data produced within the book industry, or A&I data. Crowdsourced. Produced by users of systems.Think of tags, reviews and ratings … Continue reading Metadata sources

QOTD: Books and bitumen

A very nice reference from the blog of husband and wife writing team Nicci French: I’ve just finished On Roads: A Hidden History by Joe Moran. It’s one of those books you keep stopping in order to tell someone the interesting fact you’ve just learned. That the Chiswick flyover was opened by Jayne Mansfield. That … Continue reading QOTD: Books and bitumen

The library website: a unified service?

I mentioned the reworked University of Michigan Libraries website a while ago. Although it is still a layer over various other resources, I liked the way that the site aimed to project the library on the web as a unified service not as a set of unrelated opportunities. This extended to the way that links … Continue reading The library website: a unified service?

Libraries and publishing: a couple of examples

As interaction with the book literature, publishing, the role of large print collections, and research and learning behaviors are all changing in a network environment, academic libraries have been looking at their role in the scholarly communication and publishing process. I came across two examples of library activity which prompt this note …. The Economist … Continue reading Libraries and publishing: a couple of examples

Metadata redux

I was asked in a meeting recently to define metadata. This prompts me to adapt some text recycled from All that is solid melts into flows* … Like most people ;-), I tend to think about metadata as ‘schematized assertions about resources’: schematized because patterned and machine understandable; assertions because they involve a claim about … Continue reading Metadata redux

Muldoon and Colbert

I have mentioned Paul Muldoon in these pages several times. I could not resist linking to this appearance of the Northern Irish poet, Princeton faculty member, and poetry editor of the New Yorker, on The Colbert Report. The best bit is at the end. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Paul Muldoon … Continue reading Muldoon and Colbert

QOTD: public libraries and social engineering

From the Preface to Books, buildings and social engineering: We seek to rescue the historic public library building from a perspective that in the past has all too easily denigrated it. The mass construction – for that is what it eventually became – of early public library buildings is to be celebrated as a successful … Continue reading QOTD: public libraries and social engineering