October 2006 has 25 entries

  • Search protocolsOctober 31, 2006Ralph Levan has a succinct article in the current Information Technology and Libraries explicating the current profusion of search protocols by placing them on a continuum of complexity. Here is the e-print. LeVan, Ralph. 2006. "OpenSearch and SRU: A Continuum of Searching." Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), 25,3 (September): 151-153....read full entry...
  • Pick up a penguin, nostalgicallyOctober 31, 2006I grew up in a house with a lot of books. And dominant among them were those published by Penguin. Their orange and green iconic covers are deeply imprinted on my brain, and I remember individual covers in the Classics and Modern Classics series. Here is the Design Museum:The rigorous...read full entry...
  • Scoping collective collectionsOctober 30, 2006Over the next few years libraries will devote more attention to systemwide optimization of collections - within consortia, regions or countries. We have been using the phrase 'collective collection' to evoke the more focused attention to coordinated development, management and disclosure of collections this suggests. The current interest in the...read full entry...
  • Keywords and informationOctober 29, 2006Steven Johnson - who has featured in these pages before - has an interesting piece in the New York Times Book Review. He plays on the senses of 'Key words'. He notes the well-known work by Raymond Williams called Keywords (first edition in 1976, revised and expanded in 1983) as...read full entry...
  • SpaceOctober 29, 2006On my travels I am coming across many more discussions of space, especially in academic libraries. Space is a valuable, and, in some cases, a contested resource. And, for some, the opportunity costs of filling space with collections are being assessed in the context of how the library best creates...read full entry...
  • Custom searchOctober 26, 2006It is nteresting to see the quick take-up of the custom search engine from Google. Here are some examples that have come over my horizon in the last few days:OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories based at the University of Nottingham. They have implemented a search across...read full entry...
  • Traffic flowOctober 23, 2006The Hitwise blog is always interesting. They refer to the Udell/Bezos interview I cited a little while ago. First a paraphrased quote from Jeff Bezos: When library patrons use Amazon's catalogue to research what's in the library, they're creating flow through Amazon's site, and Bezos says he's all for that....read full entry...
  • The camera never lies?October 22, 2006The camera never lies ... until now, that is ... HP has a line of cameras that incorporates a 'slimming' feature:They say cameras add ten pounds, but HP digital cameras can help reverse that effect. The slimming feature, available on select HP digital camera models, is a subtle effect that...read full entry...
  • A google cocoon, or Google as GaeilgeOctober 22, 2006OK, so I have just done an entry quoting eFoundations, the blog by Pete Johnson and Andy Powell. The other day, I did a Google search for eFoundations and was interested to see that my earlier mention of it came top of the results, with eFoundations itself coming in second....read full entry...
  • QOTD: What's my identity?October 22, 2006Andy Powell talks about the move in UK higher education from centralized identity management (Athens) to a federated approach (Shibboleth) and wonders what lies beyond that .....But what of 5 or 10 years time? Well, it seems to me that strategically the current federated situation is just a stepping stone...read full entry...
  • All the online peopleOctober 19, 2006Collections of personal papers are important areas of interest for libraries and archives, and for the scholars and students that use them. In the last few weeks, several examples of digital - or digitized - personal papers have come over my horizon: Cambridge University has just launched The complete works...read full entry...
  • Getting to the stuffOctober 18, 2006This picture is from a talk by Chris Beckett about how publishers should optimize their web presences for use in changing network environments (some more about this below). I used it in a presentation at the Montana State University Libraries Symposium, where colleagues from academic librarians in Montana discussed challenges...read full entry...
  • Retro LorcanOctober 18, 2006I mention below that I had bought Horse Latitudes while in the Twin Cities. I had looked for this a couple of times recently in bookstores in Columbus without finding it. I could have ordered it from Amazon, but I hesitated as I thought I might come across it somewhere,...read full entry...
  • A diversion: from Gruen to Zevon via MinneapolisOctober 16, 2006I was reading about Victor Gruen several days ago in the Atlantic, and about his work in helping create the US indoor shopping mall experience. The piece describes his work on the Southdale Center, the first enclosed mall in the US. See the Southdale website for the Center as it...read full entry...
  • Connecting discovery to location with a service layerOctober 13, 2006I have just done an entry talking about how discovery of library materials may be carried out in a different environment to the library system (in Google Scholar, WorldCat, or a local discovery system like the NCSU catalog, for example). One issue that arises in this context is how to...read full entry...
  • Distributing the catalog discovery experienceOctober 13, 2006In a recent article on the catalog, I discussed how 'discovery' of library materials was increasingly going to be 'disembedded' from the local library catalog, and 're-embedded' in a variety of other contexts. Those other contexts might need to link back to the library system, which is becomes more of...read full entry...
  • QOTD: flowing through AmazonOctober 12, 2006From Jon Udell:At the end of our conversation I relayed a question that came up during my recent Superpatrons and superlibrarians talk at the University of Michigan. When I demonstrated the various ways in which LibraryLookup can disintermediate Amazon, somebody asked: "Does Amazon hate you?" It shouldn't, I replied, because...read full entry...
  • Automated policy disclosureOctober 11, 2006ACAP is an interesting initiative from a group of publishing organizations. It has been noted in several places. ACAP stands for Automated Content Access Protocol. It is jointly sponsored by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the European Publishers Council (EPC) and the International Publishers Association (IPA). Here is how...read full entry...
  • SlideShare and YouTubeOctober 10, 2006One of the comments about YouTube in the media flurry is that it was designed to be very easy to use. One aspect of this is the convergence on Flash as a way of presenting/delivering resources. This does away with the need to struggle with multiple players, and supports the...read full entry...
  • Last copiesOctober 09, 2006My colleagues (Lynne Connaway, Ed O'Neill and Chandra Prabha) recently did some work with colleagues in Vanderbilt to explore the characteristics of 'last copies', items which have only one holding in Worldcat. They have published a paper on the results:Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, Edward T. O'Neill, and Chandra Prabha. 2006. "Last...read full entry...
  • National Library of Australia 2.0October 08, 2006A colleague pointed me at an article by the always interesting Judith Pearce about how the National Library of Australia is thinking about services in an age of 'crowdsourcing'. In summary our goals in this area are to explore new models for collecting material; to provide services that support the...read full entry...
  • Zotero againOctober 06, 2006I mentioned Zotero the other day. I am submerged in several assignments and will not be able to look at it myself for a little while. In the interim, here are some mild opinions, tentatively offered: There are a range of generic options (create a new citation from scratch, capture...read full entry...
  • Terminology servicesOctober 05, 2006A new report has appeared from UKOLN which provides a state of the art review of terminology services (including discussion of personal name authorities). This is a very helpful piece of work which reviews a variety of approaches. What is especially interesting about it is that it looks at work...read full entry...
  • Specializing GoogleOctober 04, 2006In association with the Frankfurt Book Fair literacy campaign (Litcam) and Unesco's Institute for Lifelong Learning, Google has launched the Google Literacy Project. It collocates access to a range of Google resources: book search, scholar, blogger, blogsearch, groups, maps, video. Interestingly, the main Google search engine is not included. It...read full entry...
  • Compare bibliographic resourcesOctober 03, 2006I notice that the new JISC Collections service has made available an "academic database assessment tool" to help libraries as they make choices about A&I and related services.This database assessment site aims to help libraries to make informed decisions about future subscriptions to bibliographic databases. The site provides access to...read full entry...