Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mobile .. Top Tech Trends 1

I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it seemed to me that it would be interesting … Continue reading Mobile .. Top Tech Trends 1

Beyond records .. genres

We tend to have a very record-based view of bibliographic systems. Searches in a resource result in lists of record-based displays for items. All fields may not be indexed. This means that the data works less hard than it might, given the variety of ways in which it could be leveraged to tell us more … Continue reading Beyond records .. genres

The cloud is currently a question, not an answer

I will be on the LITA Top Technology Trends panel on Sunday. I have yet to finalize my thoughts, but I am sure that mobile and cloud will figure. We are increasingly familiar with the twin discussions about mobilization and the cloud, and about how each trend supports the other. As networking spreads, we have … Continue reading The cloud is currently a question, not an answer

More reading …

Here are some recent reports/papers produced by OCLC Research or in which we have been involved … Kroll, Susan, and Rick Forsman. 2010. A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States. Report commissioned by OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership. Published online at: (.pdf: 1.1MB/24 pp.). (A … Continue reading More reading …

Distinctive impact and specialization

In the print era, the cost of interacting with multiple information sources was high so there were incentives for newspapers to present a complete view of news, entertainment, local affairs, and so on, to local audiences. In the network environment, that cost goes down and there is an incentive to specialize and syndicate. The Economist … Continue reading Distinctive impact and specialization

A nice dedication to librarians by Rick Riordan

We downloaded Rick Riordan’s latest novel, The Red Pyramid, to my son’s iPod Touch this afternoon. As he began to read, he came across this nice dedication: To all my librarian friends, champions of books, true magicians in the House of Life. Without you, this writer would be lost in the Duat.

Music: Marcus, Morrison, Mumford, and Carr

I recently read Greil Marcus’s book on Van Morrison. While I have most of the Morrison oeuvre on some form of physical medium it was useful to be able to refer to my aggregate digital collection, and to the Zune marketplace and iTunes Store as backup. I could quickly look up songs I couldn’t remember … Continue reading Music: Marcus, Morrison, Mumford, and Carr

We’re not going anywhere …. OK, we lied …

Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic – When the books leave the building – reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting choices. These are tactical as … Continue reading We’re not going anywhere …. OK, we lied …

Indirect discovery

I have found that the phrase Discovery happens elsewhere has quite a bit of resonance in discussion. Increasingly people discover websites, or encounter content from them, in a variety of places. Most clearly, this happens through network-level services like Google or Twitter, but also happens in personal services (my RSS aggregator), or services which allow … Continue reading Indirect discovery

3 switches

I have been using these three ‘switches’ as contextual background in presentations for a while: Consumer switch Then: More investment in business/education environments. Now: More investment in consumer environments. It used to be the case that the computer and communications capacities we had at work or in college exceeded those available to us in personal … Continue reading 3 switches