August 2007 has 10 entries

  • Intentional data again: Super crunchingAugust 31, 2007The current issue of Newsweek discusses a new book on the use of aggregated user data: Super Crunchers: why thinking-by-numbers is the new way to be smart. As more activities move online, we have more data about intentions, choices, attention. The punchline of the story is that service choices are...read full entry...
  • The academic library and its usersAugust 30, 2007I mentioned Jim Collins' book on the social sectors the other day. I have just acquired Susan Gibbons' book, The academic library and the net gen student: making the connections. I was interested to see her make use of Collins' material in the opening chapter where she suggests the following...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Google moves further into library territoryAugust 30, 2007Hardly a library discussion goes by without a mention of Google. Nicholas Carr discusses reports of their major data center in The Dalles, Oregon. From one of the reports:Patchett goes on to describe the many community-service projects that Google employees are involved in around The Dalles, from wiring an outdoor...read full entry...
  • Publish or perishAugust 28, 2007Publish or perish is interesting looking: Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following statistics: .... [Publish or perish] Among the statistics it generates are: Total number of papers;...read full entry...
  • Syndicating moiAugust 22, 2007I was looking at Macenstein earlier. And was slightly surprised after a while to notice that amongst the Amazon ads appearing on the right were some for very familiar stuff. Turns out that Macenstein is feeding me my own personalized Amazon data. And it looks as if other people might...read full entry...
  • CommunicationAugust 20, 2007Update: my comments about the published literature below are about the library literature, a very specific set of journals and organizations. I am not trying to make any statement about the general value of the 'published literature' relative to blogs or other media. We have lots of places to 'publish'...read full entry...
  • Long playing videoAugust 18, 2007An off-topic weekend entry .... I loved the nice conceit in this youtube video. A retro moment for mature readers. This is Redwood Tree from St Dominic's Preview, the Van Morrison, er, LP. I was interested to see that embedding was disabled by request, something I had not seen before....read full entry...
  • Serendipity in stacks, racks and online sytemsAugust 16, 2007We have just spent a while on the San Juan Islands (off the North West coast of Washington State and East of Vancouver Island for unfamiliar readers - Wikipedia). I bought a couple of books in the congenial Pyramidion Used and Rare Books in Eastsound on Orcas Island. I was...read full entry...
  • HolidaysAugust 03, 2007No posting for a while as we are going on vacation aka holiday....read full entry...
  • A catalogue in your faceAugust 01, 2007I was interested to see the Page Tools in the University of Alberta catalogue (look in the left hand bar below). A reader can send a correction or suggestion to the library: it would be interesting to know how many folks use this option and what types of suggestion are...read full entry...