July 2007 has 22 entries

  • Bibliographic fore-understandingJuly 29, 2007On the website of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control ... A webcast of the third meeting, the topic of which was economic and organizational issues. For those few who do not have the time or the inclination to experience the full range of presentations ;-),...read full entry...
  • Top ten toolsJuly 28, 2007Jane Hart is compiling a list of the top tools folks use in their learning and working lives. It is aggregated from the top tens of contributors active in e-learning. It is broadly what you would expect near the top, with Firefox, Skype, Delicious and Google stuff heading the list....read full entry...
  • QOTD: Top economists publish less in reviewed journals?July 26, 2007MIT economist Glen Ellison writes: I started this paper by pointing out two trends: economists in several highly-regarded departments are publishing fewer papers in the top field journals; and Harvard’s economics department is also publishing fewer papers in the top general interest journals.Several pieces of evidence bolster the view that...read full entry...
  • Sxip thisJuly 25, 2007I installed Sxipper a few days ago. Sxipper is a free Firefox extension that saves you time on the web, enabling you to easily control the release and management of your identity data. With a single click, Sxipper is trained to securely log you in with a username or an...read full entry...
  • Is that a library in your pocket?July 25, 2007Looking through the presentations at the JISC digitisation conference, I was interested to read the following prediction from Peter Kaufman [ppt]: Over the next 13 years: an iPod or a device its size will be able to hold: a year’s worth of video (8,760 hours) by 2012 (5 years from...read full entry...
  • The amplified conferenceJuly 25, 2007It is interesting to watch how more conferences are amplifying their effect through a variety of network tools and collateral communications. Stuart Dempster of JISC has just sent me a note about the recently held JISC e-Content Symposium (see reports of discussion on the Strategic Content Alliance blog) and associated...read full entry...
  • Why business thinking is not the answerJuly 24, 2007One of the business best-sellers in recent years was Good to great: if you have been in an airport in the last couple of years, you are sure to have seen it ;-) A while ago Jim Collins produced Good to great and the social sectors. In this he takes...read full entry...
  • Bright is the old grayJuly 23, 2007Reading Walt's latest Cites and Insights this jumped out at me: I believe that gray literature—blogs, this ejournal, a few similar publications and some lists—represents the most compelling and worthwhile literature in the library field today. [Cites & Insights 7:9 - On the Literatyre] Gray? Gray! Blogs, reports published on...read full entry...
  • Networkflows: a couple of pointersJuly 22, 2007One of the phrases I have been using quite a bit over the last while is 'in the flow'. Libraries are exploring how to build services around the 'networkflow' of their users, and not always expecting people to build their workflows around the library. A couple of things related to...read full entry...
  • HPJuly 21, 2007A little off topic, but here is a post for the night that is in it .... We live in Clintonville, Columbus, among whose amenities are the independent Cover to Cover bookstore for children and the independent Studio 35 movie theater (picture) (where you can have beer and pizza while...read full entry...
  • Web worldJuly 20, 2007I answered a short questionnaire the other day on libraries and technology. I found myself wanting to rewrite some of the questions to avoid the sense they gave of technology as an external agent acting on libraries. Libraries are co-evolving with people's behaviors which are themselves being reconfigured in a...read full entry...
  • Slow downJuly 19, 2007Several things have meant that blogging has been a bit slow the last week or two. However, I notice from the stats that the daily average number of visits so far this month has been the highest since I started. Clearly, for maximum traffic I should stop posting altogether ;-)...read full entry...
  • QOTD: digital backfence, third place and fad of the dayJuly 19, 2007It seems to me that whether or not Facebook is in our future, some form of the social experiences it enables will be. Susan Mernit has a nice post which acknowledges that it may be a fad, but goes on to explain some of its appeal. And it clearly has...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Beckham and ShawJuly 17, 2007Beckham adjusts ... linguistically: After the family the most important thing is the foot... is the soccer."Old habits die hard for LA Galaxy new boy David Beckham. [BBC SPORT | Fun and Games | Quotes of the Week] Interestingly, Beckham was mentioned in the report on Cultural Diplomacy I discussed...read full entry...
  • Microsoft in the cloudJuly 16, 2007There is a short piece about Microsoft plans for network level services on CNET. Not much detail and still indicating a direction rather than reporting a lot to look at. Nevertheless, it is an interesting direction. Microsoft is in the early stages of a plan that will see virtually its...read full entry...
  • Levels of participationJuly 13, 2007Ja.net Collaborate is a prototype social networking site for UK education. Meeting best practice, it describes itself with three verbs: find, share, organize. Predictably, one might ask whether this is a natural venue for participation. Given network-level services like Facebook or Delicious, or domain specific initiatives (such as those Nature...read full entry...
  • Narnia, memory organizations and public diplomacyJuly 12, 2007Cultural diplomacy is a report from the UK think tank Demos which I finally read on a plane ride this week. It talks about the role of cultural institutions and manifestations in international relations and,while charting international differences of approach, notes that cultural diplomacy is sometimes underappreciated as a 'soft'...read full entry...
  • ReferencesJuly 07, 2007Alma Swan has an interesting post discussing the value added by the publisher in copy editing and concludes that it is ... variable. She notes a publisher study: Wates and Campbell looked at copy editing changes carried out on a set of science, humanities and social science articles at Blackwell...read full entry...
  • ImageJuly 07, 2007That image thing again ... ON a Sunday night last month at Daddy’s, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, more than a dozen people in their 20s and 30s gathered at a professional soiree, drinking frozen margaritas and nibbling store-bought cookies. With their thrift-store inspired clothes and abundant tattoos, they looked...read full entry...
  • The network reconfigures the library systems environmentJuly 06, 2007One of the main issues facing libraries as they work to create richer user services is the complexity of their systems environment. Consider these pictures which I have been using in presentations for a while now. Reductively, we can think of three classes of systems - (1) the classic ILS...read full entry...
  • Early stuffJuly 03, 2007Thom has a nice post pointing to the materials with the earliest dates in Worldcat. Jars. Early records. Tablets. And ..... a fragment of mummy cloth. Thom has also done a Worldcat List of the ten oldest items he found....read full entry...
  • MIT reportsJuly 02, 2007I like the format of the MIT Annual Reports on the web: the library director and her AULs report on major issues in their areas, and relate developments at MIT Libraries to the broader informational, educational and research context. I serendipitously landed on the most recent available report (FY 2005/06)...read full entry...