May 2007 has 21 entries

  • What does the boss think?May 30, 2007Attitudes of presidents and provosts on the university library is the title of an interesting article in the current issue of College & Research Libraries [68(3), May 2007]. The authors found that, although leaders recognize the symbolic value of the university library, it is the functional role of the library...read full entry...
  • Resolving the serials supply chainMay 29, 2007Link resolvers and the serials supply chain [pdf] is the title of an interesting report commissioned by the UK Serials Group and written by James Culling. From the summary: The current knowledge base data supply chain is characterized by a complex series of roles, relationships and inter-dependencies between publishers, other...read full entry...
  • QOTD: a medium of few wordsMay 29, 2007It has been interesting seeing how quickly the 'long tail' has been adopted as a phrase in a wide range of discussion and analysis. There is an article in the current First Monday by Kalevi Kilkki which applies a long tail model to data in several different areas. This paragraph...read full entry...
  • QOTD: the convenience of onlineMay 28, 2007From the blog of Harvard economist, Dani Rodrik:An article in Sunday's NYT magazine prompted me to look at Bryan Caplan's book The Myth of the Rational Voter. I haven't read the whole book, just the bits that are online. It is a thought-provoking piece, and a god read. But I...read full entry...
  • LCWGFBC IIMay 27, 2007The report from the second open meeting of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control is now available. The topic was Structures and Standards for Bibliographic Data....read full entry...
  • Social mediaMay 27, 2007I have just watched the video [video opens on a web page] of a fascinating talk by Joshua Prince-Ramus, the principal architect of the Seattle Public Library. He talks about two core positions. The first is that books are a technology, something, he suggests that people tend to forget. They...read full entry...
  • In the flow - Washington and WikipediaMay 24, 2007In recent presentations I have been referring to the University of Washington's initiative to systematically put links to its digital collections in relevant Wikipedia entries. I use it as an example of putting library resources 'in the flow' of their users's behavior. If Wikipedia is where many folks end up...read full entry...
  • Four sources of metadata about thingsMay 20, 2007I think it is useful to think of four sources of descriptive metadata in libraries. These are not mutually exclusive, and one of the interesting questions we have to address is how they will be mobilized effectively together. I don't have good names for these. How about: professional, contributed, programmatically...read full entry...
  • Universal search and the rich texture of suggestionMay 18, 2007 There has been some discussion - less than I expected - about Google's steps to develop a unified search across its services (blogsearch, booksearch, YouTube, etc) so that blogs, video, books, maps, and so on are returned in results on the main Google site. This latest refinement sounds simple,...read full entry...
  • American Idol and intentional dataMay 17, 2007Blake is the favorite to win American Idol in our house but we thought he was going to lose out last night based on last week's performances. Not so. I was interested to read the comment on the Yahoo! TV blog about why Melinda did not go through:Over the last...read full entry...
  • Soft bibliographic powerMay 15, 2007Dario Taraborelli has a reflective post on the potential impact of tagging and social software on scientific communication. His particular interest is how such approaches might "challenge traditional evaluation processes".Online reference managers are extraordinary productivity tools, but it would be a mistake to take this as their primary interest for...read full entry...
  • Day-Lewis stockMay 13, 2007Andrew Motion, current UK poet laureate reviews the biography of one of his predecessors in that role, Cecil Day-Lewis:Various attempts have been made to lift the reputation of Cecil Day-Lewis since his death 35 years ago, but none of them has met with much success. The poet, who was esteemed...read full entry...
  • OpenIDMay 11, 2007OpenID has been generating quite a bit of interest as a lightweight decentralized approach to identity management on the web. There is a nice overview article by Andy Powell (Eduserv) and David Recordon (VeriSign) in the current issue of Ariadne, with some reflections on OpenID in an e-learning environment. In...read full entry...
  • Mind the gapMay 09, 2007Amid all the discussions about generations, millennial and otherwise, there is one in whose existence I truly believe based on experiences with our children. This is the 'so-not-you generation' ;-) And hey look at this ....A friend has two children aged 11 and 16. He explains: "The latest thing in...read full entry...
  • GlanceabilityMay 08, 2007Glanceability is about enabling "users to understand information with low cognitive effort". And further: Glanceability refers to how quickly and easily the visual design conveys information after the user is paying attention to the display. These quotes are from a paper Designing glanceable peripheral displays by Matthews, Forlizzi and Rohrbach...read full entry...
  • Old media got socializedMay 08, 2007Rupert Murdoch's short article in the current Forbes is being noted around the place. It is a quick read and worth a visit. Those of us in so-called old media have also learned the hard way what this new meaning of networking spells for our businesses. Media companies don't control...read full entry...
  • Academic Library OrganizationMay 04, 2007One of the reasons I liked Key Perspectives' report on Researchers' Use of Academic Libraries and their Services [pdf] is that it highlights a variety of important questions for libraries, and for the institutions which they serve. I hope to come back to some of the specifics of this report,...read full entry...
  • Data convergenceMay 04, 2007The agreement between RDA and DCMI folks on some shared directions provides some interesting food for thought. There is not a lot of detail in the announcement but it potentially provides a venue to look at a range of 'levels' (information model, 'element sets', encodings, content guidelines, etc) within a...read full entry...
  • Searching for answersMay 03, 2007While checking up on referrals from the logs - as discussed a few moments ago - I had a look at Yahoo! also which I had not done for a while. I was interested to see results from Yahoo! answers included in search results. Here is the first result from...read full entry...
  • Galway bay, Kylie Minogue and vertical integrationMay 03, 2007[warning - some navel gazing follows, where the navel is my own] I wrote about the Kylie Minogue exhibition at the V&A a while ago. When I mentioned her in a second entry, a colleague sent a gently teasing note asking how far I would go to improve my chances...read full entry...
  • Faculty and FacebookMay 01, 2007Here is an interesting short paper on student/faculty relations in Facebook by a couple of researchers from Georgia Tech [pdf] They found that contact in Facebook did not have an impact on student perception of faculty. Although, here they note that a 'ceiling' effect may be at play, where these...read full entry...