March 2007 has 23 entries

  • Librarians in the flowMarch 30, 2007OK, a last note from the CIC Getting in the Flow conference, from which presentations are now appearing on the web. Cody Hansen spoke on the NextGen panel, with powerpoint nicely done in the Lessig/Hardt style [ppt]. His theme was that librarians should be personally more visible in the web-based...read full entry...
  • Excitation - making connections with citations: a couple of presentationsMarch 30, 2007I was interested to see a presentation about Sakaibrary [ppt] at Getting in the flow. The focus was on creating citation lists from library resources and making them available in Sakai. This is an example of what I have spoken about as bibliographic tissue, the growing interest in lightweight approaches...read full entry...
  • Our digital identities: bricolage, prefabrication and disclosureMarch 28, 2007In recent presentations I talk about workflow in quite general terms. I suggest that we have seen the focus of our attention shift from the database, to the website to workflow as the web environment becomes richer. We want to get things done on the network, not just find things....read full entry...
  • Moving to a 'single business' systems environmentMarch 26, 2007The National Library of Australia has made an interesting report available, National Library of Australia IT Architecture Project Report, March 2007. [pdf] Here is the declared purpose:The aim of this report is to define the IT architecture that will be needed to support the management, discovery and delivery of the...read full entry...
  • Wales, Ohio and library poemsMarch 26, 2007The National Library of Wales is celebrating its centenary with a series of events and exhibitions, and with a new website. I discovered this as I stumbled across the Wales-Ohio project, no less. As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, I need to watch how this develops!The experiences of the Welsh...read full entry...
  • BookspaceMarch 24, 2007Hennepin County Library scored a small coup by securing the name Bookspace for their web pages devoted to reading. And they have made very good use of it. I was interested in the book lists provided by readers. They offer reading tips by genre, including the reader-contributed lists, new books,...read full entry...
  • Gaming and the Rhinoceros in the RoomMarch 21, 2007Jenny Levine spoke about gaming and libraries at Getting in the flow. I hadn't seen this presentation before and liked that she approached it from several angles. The presentation is on her presentations wiki. I was struck by a comment she made about socialization. If large numbers of people engage...read full entry...
  • Patterns of collecting of non-us books in ARL librariesMarch 21, 2007ARL has just released a report on patterns of collection of non-US books in member libraries based on an analysis of their holdings in Worldcat [pdf] The report “Changing Global Book Collection Patterns in ARL Libraries” was prepared for the Global Resources Network (GRN) by: Mary E. Jackson, Auto-Graphics, Inc....read full entry...
  • Finding TimeMarch 20, 2007A funny video about a library website? Yes, it is possible .... One of the highlights of the CIC 2007 Library Conference was in the presentation from Ellysa Cahoy of Penn State (you can see Ellysa's presentation on Slideshare). Her topic was how the library website should help the user...read full entry...
  • Getting in the flow - beside the Mississippi ...March 20, 2007I have just returned from the very congenial Getting in the flow, the CIC Library Conference at the University of Minnesota. The conference was about how the library can and must get more readily into the working and learning lives of faculty and students. I thought the organizers worked hard...read full entry...
  • WGFBC note of first open meetingMarch 18, 2007A quick note pointing to a summary of the first Open Meeting of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control by Nancy J Fallgren....read full entry...
  • A book cloudMarch 15, 2007My marketing colleague Andy Havens suggested that we think about making the Top 1000 works in Worldcat list that we did a while ago visible in del.icio.us. My research colleague Andy Houghton looked into it and here is the result. The list is findable by ISBN, OCLC number, language, genre...read full entry...
  • Paper platformsMarch 14, 2007From BuzzMachine:Yesterday, Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, told the staff of his newspaper that now “all journalists work for the digital platform” and that they should regard “its demands as preeminent.” [BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » ‘The web is preeminent’]Folks will notice that I occasionally quote from the Guardian...read full entry...
  • Models of metadata and sharing slidesMarch 14, 2007I was looking at the metadata framework proposed by Karen Coyle, Diane Hillman, Jonathan Rochkind and Paul Weiss and was interested to see that the categories they use mapped pretty well onto the categories I have sometimes used when talking about library and related metadata and interoperability. Go forward to...read full entry...
  • Metadata across cultural domainsMarch 13, 2007An interesting article by Mary W. Elings and my colleague Günter Waibel on cross-domain metadata practices has just appeared. Integrating digital content from libraries, archives and museums represents a persistent challenge. While the history of standards development is rife with examples of cross-community experimentation, in the end, libraries, archives and...read full entry...
  • GBS FRBRMarch 12, 2007 I mentioned Augustine of Hippo the other day, in the context of the interesting work that Google is doing to develop a contextual page for each book (resources about it, resources related to it, etc. See this Penguin Classic with the nice cover, for example). Searching for the 'City...read full entry...
  • The scholarly and cultural recordMarch 11, 2007There is an interesting piece by Katie Hafner in today's NYT arguing that materials left undigitized may be overlooked as the digital record becomes primary. These Steinbeck artifacts are not the only important pieces of history that are at risk of disappearing or being ignored in the digital age. As...read full entry...
  • LC WGFBCMarch 09, 2007The first open meeting of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control was held yesterday. I am traveling but will post some thoughts in coming days. Karen Coyle was typing very fast and has posted a series of comments....read full entry...
  • The publication profile of the Divine BohemianMarch 06, 2007 From an article in Sunday's NYT:A FEW brush strokes have come to define the otherwise obscure 18th-century composer later known as Il Divino Boemo, or the Divine Bohemian: Josef Myslivecek. [Josef Myslivecek - Music - New York Times]The article discusses Myslivecek's influence on Mozart and his decline in popularity....read full entry...
  • QOTD: Google booksMarch 06, 2007Peter Brantley, the new Director of the Digital Library Federation writes about the library digitization initiatives with Google:We poisoned our hand before we played it. We were approached singly, charmed in confidence, the stranger was beguiling, and we embraced. For the love of selfish confidence, we spoke neither our fortune...read full entry...
  • Business intelligenceMarch 04, 2007The collection and analysis of data about collections, systems and services is becoming increasingly important for libraries. For management and accountability purposes. Here are some examples of where such data might be useful: to refine systems based on usage data, to develop data-driven knowledge of user behaviors, to support collection...read full entry...
  • Libraries, books and network level servicesMarch 03, 2007The growth in variety and volume of sites for personal collection management is fascinating to watch, especially those where addtiional value is created by pooling choices and preferences across users. Sites for music and books especially. Typically these sites display network effects, they improve as more people connect and share...read full entry...
  • LC Working Group on the future of bibliographic controlMarch 01, 2007The LC Working Group on Bibliographic Control is having an open meeting about 'uses and users' of data on 8th March at Google in Mountain View, California. This is the first of three open meetings. There will be several expert speakers, and interested parties are invited to attend or submit...read full entry...