September 2007 has 21 entries

  • QOTD 2: identifers againSeptember 28, 2007Tony Hirst of the Open University says:In the days when this blog was dominated by library related concerns, I used to spend a lot of time working out how to use ISBNs as pivot points for various book related searches; (librarians, of course, don't rate ISBNs - they'd rather focus...read full entry...
  • QOTD: URI patternsSeptember 28, 2007A quote about URIs: I propose that a resource and its URI ought to have an intuitive correspondence. …. URIs should have a structure. They should vary in predictable ways: you should not go to /search/Jellyfish for jellyfish and /i-want-to-know-about/Mice for mice. If a client knows the structure of the...read full entry...
  • RLG and OCLC union catalogsSeptember 27, 2007I am occasionally asked what was the impact on Worldcat of the addition of the RLG Union Catalog. 52M records were processed as part of the load. 41.7M records were matched to existing Worldcat records. There was a net add to Worldcat of 8M records....read full entry...
  • Economic sustainability: digital preservationSeptember 25, 2007The NSF has set up a blue ribbon panel, with support from Mellon, to explore the economic sustainability of digital preservation activity. I am pleased to report that my colleague Brian Lavoie - who has a background in economics as well as an important record of work in digital preservation...read full entry...
  • QOTD: antisocial networkingSeptember 22, 2007From the personal ads in the current London Review of Books:Divorced, 1950s born man, deeply at odds with the frivolous and incomprehensible nature of everything outside of this typeface and that pair of brogues seeks absolutely anyone who isn't on facebook at box no. .... [London Review of Books 20...read full entry...
  • Tablet and powerpointSeptember 22, 2007Mike Eisenberg, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Information School, University of Washington, gave a presentation in OCLC during the week. The topic was education and the emergence of the iSchool movement. There was good and engaged discussion afterwards. I was struck by the mode of presentation. As we all...read full entry...
  • Life as it is livedSeptember 19, 2007A report on the use of information and communications technologies among prospective university students was commissioned by JISC from Ipsos MORI. The findings have just been published [pdf]. I was interested in the popularity of social networking sites. 501 people responded to an online survey. 65% used social networking sites...read full entry...
  • Discovery happens elsewhere, againSeptember 18, 2007The decision by the New York Times to open up for general reading the formerly for-fee TimeSelect parts of its website is being widely discussed. The rationale given is interesting. Since we launched TimesSelect in 2005, the online landscape has altered significantly. Readers increasingly find news through search, as well...read full entry...
  • Metadata creationSeptember 18, 2007"One of the main issues facing libraries as they work to create richer user services is the complexity of their systems environment." [The network reconfigures the library systems environment] This was how I began a post the other week about libraries and the systems that support their services. Karen Smith-Yoshimura...read full entry...
  • The amplified conference, againSeptember 16, 2007Following my remarks about the 'amplified conference' the other day, I was interested to read this from Andy Powell:A large part of your event's impact will come from the collective writing, images and videos by the people who attended. The only effective way of tying all this material together after...read full entry...
  • Subject and genre cloudsSeptember 16, 2007Worldcat Identities now has subject clouds. These are based on FAST headings in records associated with the identity. Here is the cloud on the page for Conor Cruise O'Brien. Click on the image to get through to the Identity page. Then click on one of the headings in the cloud...read full entry...
  • Discovery happens elsewhereSeptember 16, 2007I have been using the phrase 'discovery happens elsewhere' in recent presentations. I think it captures quite nicely an increasingly important part of how we think about our services. No single website is the sole focus of a user's attention. Increasingly people discover websites, or encounter content from them, in...read full entry...
  • Knowing about libraries and services in the networkSeptember 13, 2007I bought the following book in the congenial City Newstand in Cheyenne this afternoon. The back cover tells me that it was the Wyoming Historical Society Book of the year ... I like the 'get it', 'save it', 'add to it', and 'share it' features. Because I am sitting at...read full entry...
  • WesternsSeptember 13, 2007I am writing this in the very fine new public library building in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I was speaking to the Wyoming Library Association conference this morning. I have been travelling this week, hence no posts. In the few minutes before the library closes .... When I told the children I...read full entry...
  • QOTD: pensions and open accessSeptember 06, 2007One of the features of the open access discussion in recent years has been the collection of significant reports authored or co-authored by Alma Swan. I was struck by this paragraph in a recent entry on her blog: Many people argue for Open Access on the grounds that publishers make...read full entry...
  • Ambient fulfilment and on-demand spaceSeptember 06, 2007The iPod hookup with Starbucks has had a mixed reception. I thought that it was intriguing as one of those little newsflashes from the future. From a story about how the current iPod form factor will be replaced by one based on the iPhone. In a curious marketing twist, Apple...read full entry...
  • And speaking of value ...September 04, 2007I quoted Eleanor Jo Rodger a while ago in these pages: News stories like this and the ongoing Amazoogle discussion prompt us to think about the value of libraries. In that context, I recommend that everybody read Joey Rodger's article on value and vision:Valuable is not about our professional values;...read full entry...
  • An evidence base?September 04, 2007In all the discussion about bibliographic data and catalogs, and about their advantages or disadvantages when compared to other approaches, it is striking how little appeal there is to actual evidence. Evidence about value. Evidence about cost....read full entry...
  • My home pageSeptember 04, 2007Here is a cloud view of words on the 'front' page of this blog. I thought 'interested' and 'interesting' might be bigger, as, despite my best intentions, I always seem to end up saying 'it is interesting that ....' or 'I was interested to see ...' ;-) See here for...read full entry...
  • Rareness is commonSeptember 04, 2007One of the findings of the custom collection overlap studies we have done is that rareness is common: there are low overlap levels between collections. The comparison of collections has become a topic of stronger interest as libraries look at mass digitization and shared storage facilities, and pressure on space...read full entry...
  • Give us a subject heading ...September 02, 2007I was interested to read the following in Susan Gibbons' The academic library and the Net Gen student. As gaming becomes a more mainstream pastime and an important element in popular culture, academic libraries should begin to develop collections of books and journals about gaming. To find some recent monographs,...read full entry...