Reading blogs

I tend to have several blog entries lying around the place: often they just fall off the edge when my interests move on. Here is some text from one which I left there just that bit too long:

Library blogs are a mixed lot. I am always on the look-out for interesting combinations of reflection and experience. Bob Molyneux has been an intriguing contributor since he began working with Equinox, appearing in two blogs, open-ils and the Equinox blog. John Wilkin and Alma Swan are always suggestive, but seem to have faltered.

Well, John has gone and done an entry - which blows this one up ;-) He talks about the discrimination of opennesses ('open' is a word which is meaningless imho without qualification) and it has sparked some interesting interaction.

Alma has not done a blog entry. She has however produced yet another report: Key concerns within the scholarly communication process: report to the JISC Scholarly Communication Group, March 2008 [Word document]. I will return to this report, in particular to the section on accessibility (in the sense of being able to find, get, use and share stuff). Reading through the recommendations, I notice a profusion of suggestions for further studies: there are not enough good consultants in the UK to do this much work ;-)


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Apr 28, 2008
Rachel Bruce

Hi Lorcan,

Yes we do have a rather overwhelming amount of actions to do on scholarly communication! I share your concern about the amount of people available that can do the research. It has been on my mind over the last few weeks and I'm trying to think of different models we might use to forward areas that we need to address. Increasingly I find the number of reports combined with the formality of steering groups less effective. We need to address the issues and implement and need more effective ways to do this. Having a different slant on our research and development programmes may help - so a move from exploratory to implementation (obviously thinking about the balance ). I think maybe building more active groups of people working together without the formalities of a steering/advisory group may help, more iterative development might help too.

Anyway still thinking about it!

I personally found the recent Scholarly Communication report very helpful - it was quite focused on action and alot of the priorities, thankfully, can be taken on in various areas of JISC on-going activity
Rachel

Apr 28, 2008
Lorcan Dempsey

Rachel

I was interested to see Richard Akerman's comments on the report at:

http://scilib.typepad.com/science_library_pad/2008/04/availability-di.html

He focuses on the accessibility area and I would agree that while the report raises interesting issues there, the recommendations do not get at some of the types of issues that Richard raises.

Lorcan