April 2007 has 23 entries

  • A small note on the catalogApril 30, 2007I visited the University of Virginia last week where I spoke about the future of the catalog. This was more topical than I had realized when I agreed the subject with my hosts! When I arrived, the first thing that people wanted to talk about was Roy Tennant! The second...read full entry...
  • A many featured catalogueApril 29, 2007 The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has been doing very interesting work on their collection 'catalogue'. Some of this work is described by Sebastian Chan [blog] at the recent Museums and the Web 2007 conference in San Francisco in a paper well worth reading. Internally called OPAC2.0, the new catalogue...read full entry...
  • Google authorsApril 28, 2007I just came across Google Authors, a series of videos of guest speakers at Google. An interesting variety and different formats (lecture, interview, ...). Many are interviewed by Eric Schmidt. Some household names (if you live in a BoBo household, to use the term coined by David Brooks, one of...read full entry...
  • ChallengesApril 27, 2007CAVAL carried out a training needs survey in 2006 among libraries in Australia and S.E. Asia. One of the questions asked respondents to list the top three challenges libraries face through to 2010. There were 328 respondents (this number is not broken down by job position of respondent). CAVAL analyzed...read full entry...
  • Amazon: a physical web serviceApril 27, 2007I was interested to read about this Amazon service:Since last fall, the program, Fulfillment by Amazon, has allowed independent sellers who list their goods on Amazon.com to use its network of more than 20 distribution centers around the world to fill orders. Now Amazon, which is based in Seattle, is...read full entry...
  • RLG DigiNewsApril 25, 2007One of the characteristics of the digital library phase has been the emergence of several web-based journals and magazines focusing on the digital turn in libraries and related institutions. Of course, there has been DLib Magazine, and, in the UK, Ariadne. RLG DigiNews has been an important part of this...read full entry...
  • Roy Tennant joins OCLC Programs and ResearchApril 24, 2007News is spreading that Roy will be joining RLG Programs in Mid-May. We are delighted and Programs and Research colleagues look forward to working with Roy on many interesting things! Roy talks about his move on his website:Any way you look at it, these are amazing times for libraries. In...read full entry...
  • Worldcat.org and articlesApril 23, 2007A couple of folks asked me about article level metadata in worldcat.org as in, for example: Manuel CastellsSeamus DeaneJames Gleick Details are available on the OCLC website: OCLC has added article-level citation records to WorldCat.org search results from four FirstSearch base package databases: GPO, ArticleFirst, Medline and ERIC. [Article-level citation...read full entry...
  • Supporting research and learning invisiblyApril 21, 2007The (admirably brief!) Macquarie University Library strategic plan states: Over the next three years we will be designing and implementing a new technical architecture to underpin all our activities. In this new electronic environment we aim to become "invisible" - by making our services and resources available in a seamless...read full entry...
  • Fan fictionApril 21, 2007The ever-interesting Hitwise blog has a post talking about what 18 to 24 year olds do online. Yesterday I spoke at the the Millennials Conference in Los Angeles. I talked about some websites that have a high concentration of users in the 18-24 age group, and are enabling users to...read full entry...
  • Library collectionsApril 20, 2007On my way home through Hong Kong airport, I bought A case of two cities, one in a series of novels by Qiu Xiaolong about Shanghai poet and detective, Inspector Chen Cao. Chen ends up leading a delegation of Chinese poets to the US, an activity that criss-crosses with the...read full entry...
  • Corporate identitiesApril 17, 2007Thom has a post describing recent enhancements to the Worldcat Identities site. He talks about several nice features. A signficant one is the handling of 'corporate identities' alongside personal identities. So, for example looking at the entry for Alma Swan, one of the authors of the report I just noted,...read full entry...
  • A perspective on the academic libraryApril 16, 2007The pattern of central funding for education and cultural areas in the UK has led to the emergence of a rich centrally managed support, policy, planning and service environment. One might have an interesting discussion about where this modus operandi is successful (removing redundancy and fragmentation by providing service at...read full entry...
  • Books are technology tooApril 16, 2007The Google digitization of books appears to have caught the public imagination. Recent weeks have seen high profile articles in The Economist [subscription required]and The New Yorker as well as several newspaper pieces (see the links and response on this OUP blog entry for example). Google Book Search is a...read full entry...
  • Hong Kong speakingApril 15, 2007I have spent this last week in Hong Kong, hence the lightness in posting. I was pleased to be speaking at the Chinese University of Hong Kong at a conference named The academic librarian: dinosaur or phoenix focusing on change management, and later in the week at The Fiesole Collection...read full entry...
  • Discovery at the network levelApril 10, 2007Evan Schnittman of OUP responds to an article in the FT (now behind a subscription wall) on Google digitization:The reality is we are not running scared from Google - frankly it's quite the opposite. Through initiatives such as Google Book Search, Amazon's Search Inside the Book, Microsoft's Windows Live Book...read full entry...
  • LC WCFBCApril 09, 2007A short background paper for the second open meeting of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control is now available on the LC website [pdf]....read full entry...
  • Harvard tagsApril 07, 2007An interesting couple of videos [here and here] from a workshop organized by Harvard University Libraries on tagging. Harvard University Libraries hosted a forum this week, “Social Tagging @ Harvard: A Del.ici.ous Alternative or Passing Flickr?,” that looked at the online practice of tagging and sought to weigh the separate...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Libraries and learning management systemsApril 06, 2007I have just acquired Virtual learning environments: using choosing and developing your VLE by Martin Weller. VLE is a term popular in the UK for Course or Learning Management System. Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University where he directed their VLE project. The Open University is...read full entry...
  • MemeticApril 05, 2007Memes. Memetic? I quite liked doing the list of fours. I passed over the invitation to disclose five things you don't know about me. However, I cannot decline Ms Chrystie Hill who prompts me to list five non-library blogs. I think the meme meme is getting tired, but this was...read full entry...
  • NYU 21st Century Library Project April 05, 2007NYU Libraries have made available the interesting report of a study of 'faculty and graduate student needs for research and teaching': NYU 21st Century Library Project: Designing a Research Library of the Future for New York University [pdf]. The report includes a literature review and the results of individual and...read full entry...
  • Persuasive suggestionsApril 04, 2007 I was interested to see these suggestions pop up at the bottom of the page in some Google searches. Maybe they have been there for a long time and I did not notice ;-) This is a search on 'persuasion'....read full entry...
  • Student useApril 02, 2007I was very interested to read (via eFoundations) a note on the Ancient Geeks blog by Martin Poulter. He talks about what the students at the University of Bristol use the network for according to the University's network management folks. Facebook is the most popular site by hits, accounting for...read full entry...