Monthly Archives: February 2011

Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. Before that, I would often come away with one from a trip to our local Border’s (sadly now closing) or sometimes buy a mystery novel in the airport (especially on the return trip when good intentions about working … Continue reading Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

The institution and the network … a question of scale

I was interested to come across this passage in a presentation [ppt] about library strategy by Dr Paul Ayris of University College London: Challenges Identifying the needs of UCL researchers and students, and recognising the most appropriate tools to meet these needs Fitting such developments into an electronic world which now focuses work not on … Continue reading The institution and the network … a question of scale

The university’s curatorial role

I made a note in these pages a couple of years ago about the University of Edinburgh’s mission statement. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. The occasion was Chris Rusbridge’s justified pleasure at seeing the mission changed to include ‘curation’. At the time, Chris was the director of The Digital … Continue reading The university’s curatorial role

Using Wikipedia

We still don’t appear to know what to make of Wikipedia. Consider these two cases. First, Edward Glaeser includes a reference to Wikipedia in the acknowledgements to his new book, Triumph of the city. Following common practices, Wikipedia is not listed in the bibliography or citations, because any Wikipedia fact was verified with a more … Continue reading Using Wikipedia

The library network and the scholarly record

The library community is a highly interconnected one. Networks are motivated both by library mission and effective management of resources. This trend will accelerate as the Internet favors shared services, and libraries will see more benefit in building such shared services. The Hathi Trust is an important example. The growth of interest in sharing library … Continue reading The library network and the scholarly record

There is more to discovery than you think …

Colleagues at the University of Minnesota have produced another must-read report on the discoverability of library resources [Splash page, PDF]. Importantly, it provides a framework within which to think about evolving issues and in this way makes a real contribution to our understanding of the environment and ability to plan for change. Much of the … Continue reading There is more to discovery than you think …