February 2005 has 26 entries

  • Yahoo, Dublin and GulliverFebruary 26, 2005I never hear Yahoo! without hearing Gulliver's Travels. I don't know whether the name Yahoo in Swift's work influenced the choice of the Internet company's name - the Wikipedia article on Swift's Yahoo claims it did. This is the context of John Naughton's remarks about the announcement that Yahoo's European...read full entry...
  • Deep linking and JK RowlingFebruary 24, 2005Larry Campbell asks about linking direct to a 'record' in Open WorldCat. This is possible: check out Pride and prejudice, The commitments, and I capture the castle. What do these have in common? Well, as I discovered earlier while helping with homework, they are on the bookshelf in JK Rowling's...read full entry...
  • Win an iPodFebruary 24, 2005Libraries as far apart as UCL and (Michael Gorman's) California State University, Fresno, are showing iPods as possible prizes....read full entry...
  • Net generation students and librariesFebruary 24, 2005Joan Lippincott of CNI writes about Net Generation users and libraries in a new publication: What are some of the major disconnects between many of today's academic libraries and Net Gen students? The most common one is students' dependence on Google or similar search engines for discovery of information resources...read full entry...
  • Repositories reviewFebruary 23, 2005JISC have released a Digital repositories review [pdf] to accompany a call for proposals in the area of repository deployment. The authors are Rachel Heery of UKOLN and Sheila Anderson of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. The review covers developments in e-learning, e-research, and digital library environments, and discusses...read full entry...
  • Metadata servicesFebruary 22, 2005Given the publication lag we have slightly updated the following paper:Metadata Switch: Thinking About Some Metadata Management and Knowledge Organization Issues in the Changing Research and Learning Landscape.Forthcoming in LITA Guide to E-Scholarship [working title], ed. Debra Shapiro. February 2005 preprint available at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/archive/2004/dempsey-mslitaguide.pdf (PDF:824K/25pp.)....read full entry...
  • The integrated library system that isn't February 22, 2005One can read the phrase Integrated Library System (ILS) in two ways: as a system for the integrated library, or as an integrated system for the library. Although the latter is what was probably meant by the term, neither is an accurate description of what the ILS has become. In...read full entry...
  • Smoke and mirrorsFebruary 19, 2005Roy wonders if the screenshot showing works-based access below is smoke and mirrors. There is only a puff of smoke involved - really. Roy is right to note that this is not the direct response to an 'alice' search. It is several screens into a search (see, for example, that...read full entry...
  • Future of public librariesFebruary 19, 2005The Laser Foundation (in the UK) has been commissioning reports about the public library system. The latest takes a new direction. They worked with a group of 'young' (undefined?) middle managers in public libraries to develop a report on the public library of 2015.`Public libraries press all the strategic buttons...read full entry...
  • Library collections and services - some picturesFebruary 17, 2005The library co-evolves with the community it serves, and we need to remember that those communities also change, which in turn change the services they need from the library. This is readily apparent as learning, research and records management, for example, are also increasingly carried out in a digital environment....read full entry...
  • OAI and SRW/UFebruary 17, 2005The library community has deployed several niche protocols. Most were developed before the web, and perhaps need to be updated to be more 'webby' if they are actually to be more widely used. Certainly, in their current state they are unlikely to be used outside of the library community whatever...read full entry...
  • Services, repositories, elearning, metadata, ...February 17, 2005Wilbert Kraan of CETIS has a nice overview of some recent meetings surrounding the IMS Melbourne meeting. Discussion about service-oriented-architectures, repositories, metadata and all the usual suspects. Having said all of that, John's main argument is that the e-learning is in the middle of a second wave. The first was...read full entry...
  • The value of librariesFebruary 17, 2005I mentioned the proposed cut in library staff by the administration at Bangor University a few days ago. This continues to make the news. A story in the national Guardian newspaper quotes from the University proposal:The document reads: "The support to the academic and student communities from the qualified subject...read full entry...
  • Works 4 you?February 17, 2005Dorothea left a comment which wondered how one would present FRBRized results to the user. We have been working on this internally. This screenshot shows an approach. Now, please note that this is an internal prototype at the moment. We are working on how to roll some of this into...read full entry...
  • Reading in the bathFebruary 17, 2005One of the more dreary library arguments over the years has been the 'reading in the bath' case against digital resources. In this context, I was interested to see this story in the new(ish) Make: blog from O'Reilly:Here are some photos of a new iPod Shuffle waterproof case. I'm making...read full entry...
  • Pooling uncertaintyFebruary 17, 2005Posts have been light recently as I have been on the road. I have just come back from The Netherlands where I was at a meeting of the management groups of OCLC and OCLC|PICA. At that meeting I had been asked to do a short presentation comparing the 'library landscapes'...read full entry...
  • Unanticipated usesFebruary 11, 2005Now that people have economical access to large amounts of storage on the iPod new uses are emerging.Ratib and his programming partner Dr. Antoine Rosset set about developing a software application that uses the iPod and other off-the-shelf Macintosh equipment to manipulate, manage, and move medical imaging data between departments...read full entry...
  • FRBR fervorFebruary 10, 2005Various of my OCLC Research colleagues have long thought that a work-based approach to bibliographic data would better serve user needs. The ability to enter an information space at the work level, and then to drill down to the various editions, translations and so on that manifest that work has...read full entry...
  • The cost of managing serialsFebruary 10, 2005The rising cost of serials occupies much discussion bandwidth. However, the cost of managing serials, including the A&I discovery apparatus, is also considerable. A growing number of libraries are investing in some or all of the metasearch/resolver/electronic resource management/knowledge-base suite of tools and associated data management services. They continue to...read full entry...
  • Metasearch white paperFebruary 10, 2005VIEWS, to remind you, is a group of system and service providers to libraries who have come together to explore issues surrounding the deployment of web services. They have recently published a white paper on the use of web services in metasearch [word].Searching of local and remote search targets is...read full entry...
  • A modular digital object repository frameworkFebruary 09, 2005An overview of the recent work on repository frameworks being done by Herbert van de Sompel and his colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory is available. This paper [pdf] will appear in The Computer Journal....read full entry...
  • A midwestern harvestFebruary 06, 2005The CIC Metadata Portal provides access to a range of collections in the CIC libraries. Metadata is harvested from collections distributed among CIC members. There is also a useful set of background materials on metadata and OAI....read full entry...
  • Linking to librariesFebruary 03, 2005Herbert left a comment a while ago on my message about linking to library catalogs. He suggested that the OpenURL was an appropriate way of making these links. We agree, and will be working with OpenURLs where possible. Our main aim is to get into the catalog, so we will...read full entry...
  • Virtual and physical union catalogsFebruary 01, 2005The CC-Interop project has been looking at the articulation of physical union catalogs and federated catalog approaches. A conference report and set of conference slides have appeared. From the discussion of Z39.50:There still exist considerable variations between all of the systems tested in their support for Bib-1 attributes [11] to...read full entry...
  • Software as a service?February 01, 2005Ex Libris announces SFX as a network 'service'. As I suggested a while ago, I think that it is inevitable that we will see much more of this type of application. Libraries spend a lot of time managing a systems framework which is increasingly complex. They need to find ways...read full entry...
  • iPods againFebruary 01, 2005I may have to get one of these things:All you Vegans with iPods can now rest easy when cooking away from home. Enrique Quintero's Pod Gourmet Vegan Edition is a collection of 277 Vegan recipes neatly organized and ready for download to your iPod. [Josh Rubin: Cool Hunting: PodGourmet Vegan...read full entry...