November 2007 has 27 entries

  • Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibligraphic ControlNovember 30, 2007The draft final report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has been made available [PDF] for public comment. Responses are being accepted by the group until December 15, 2007. Different communities of bibliographic practice have grown up around different resource types: library collections of books and...read full entry...
  • Reading ... or not?November 28, 2007Is listening to an audiobook 'reading'? I remember asking this question at a conference last year and getting some diversity of response. Like many others, our children's school uses Accelerated Reader. They can do the quizzes on books that they hear in the car as well as on those that...read full entry...
  • Metadata creation againNovember 28, 2007Reading the report [PDF] of the RLG Programs metadata practice survey, this quote from a respondent jumped out at me: We use a variety of tools to produce a variety of records. Mature and established systems (such as our ILS) are generally effective. Tools for creation of XML are not...read full entry...
  • Partial disclosure: looking at catalog completeness in UK librariesNovember 26, 2007I was interested to read the following in a report just released by the Research Information Network in the UK about the completeness of catalogue coverage of research collections : The study shows significant progress: librarians estimate that 50% of material in their research collections is now covered by online...read full entry...
  • Collection HaikuNovember 24, 2007Dennis Massie has a nice post over on HangingTogether. A set of Haiku about collections - they relate to issues discussed at a recent planning event about managing collections in changing times. With difficulty, I limit myself to one here: On the library as destination: (End-user POV) Gather my gadgets...read full entry...
  • Some notelets on Facebook and the social graphNovember 22, 2007Some holiday morning notelets .... 1. The social graph in action. I felt a tremor in the social graph this week. A bundle of my Facebook befrienders attended the CETIS conference. I was suddenly aware of status lines, notes, imported blog entries. I had a sense of some of what...read full entry...
  • Logistics and synchronization: making data work harderNovember 20, 2007Updated: 11/21/07 I have spoken about library logistics before. Logistics is about moving information, materials and services through a network cost-effectively. Resource sharing is supported by a library logistics apparatus. The emerging e-resource discovery to delivery chain, tied together with resolution services, is a logistics challenge. Many of the e-resource...read full entry...
  • KindleNovember 18, 2007The whole world seems to have seen that Newsweek is carrying a cover story about Kindle from Amazon ;-) The story is pretty positive. One notable aspect is the tight coupling of the service for delivering ebooks and other materials and the device for presenting them. This is a model...read full entry...
  • A bridge between town and gownNovember 18, 2007I gave a presentation in the Martin Luther King Jr Library in San Jose during the week. As many readers will know, this library represents an intriguing experiment as it is shared between San Jose Public Libraries and San Jose State University. Welcome to the largest, all-new library west of...read full entry...
  • John Wilkin's blogNovember 17, 2007It is always worth hearing what John Wilkin has to say so I was interested to see that he has begun a blog. He has got off to a good start and has written two intriguing entries which tackle difficult topics with a combination of nuance and authority, scruple and...read full entry...
  • Transaction costsNovember 17, 2007I just did an entry on the new report [PDF] on licenses and the re-use of digital materials in the cultural heritage sector from the Eduserv Foundation. Reading the report, it occurred to me that a major rationale here is to reduce the transaction costs involved in using resources by...read full entry...
  • Licensing use of digital resourcesNovember 17, 2007Constant readers - there are a few ;-) - will have noticed several references to outputs from the Eduserv Foundation of late, as well as links to their blog, eFoundations. They are producing a nice body of work. They have just released a new report "Snapshot study on the use...read full entry...
  • CRM 2.0November 14, 2007It is interesting to read about the developments within Oracle's new on-demand customer relationship management offering which is being discussed in various places. What is striking is how the familiar Web 2.0 approaches are coming to enterprise applications: mashups between various data sources, extensive data mining, sharing and commentary. Here...read full entry...
  • Worldcat Identities againNovember 14, 2007Thom has some more details about Worldcat Identities. What is returned is really XML with a reference to an XSL stylesheet to transform the XML into the HTML displayed by the browser. [Outgoing: Links to WorldCat Identities] He talks about how links from Worldcat work and also describes direct linking...read full entry...
  • Library History againNovember 13, 2007A long time ago I wrote .... If you have $495 to spend, or £261.25, you can acquire The Cambridge history of libraries in Britain and Ireland. The publisher claims that this is "The most comprehensive history of libraries from their beginnings to the digital age". Three volumes, 2072 pages,...read full entry...
  • Worldcat IdentitiesNovember 12, 2007Worldcat Identities went into production as part of Worldcat.org over the weekend. It is currently linked to from under the 'details' tab. We will be interested to see how it is used and review other integration options over time. One nice feature is that the Tag Cloud (these are FAST...read full entry...
  • Webified terminologies againNovember 10, 2007My colleagues recently organized a meeting to discuss demand for and potential uses of webified terminologies. A strawman document [pdf] was produced to inform the meeting, which provides some use cases. A summary report of the meeting is now available. It seems increasingly clear that if the 'classic' terminologies used...read full entry...
  • Parents at the partyNovember 10, 2007From the Guardian: Online spaces are blurring, as universities that podcast and text their students have shown. The Jisc project manager, Lawrie Phipps, explains how the battle lines are being drawn: "Students really do want to keep their lives separate. They don't want to be always available to their lecturers...read full entry...
  • Presentations in the programNovember 09, 2007I had not seen this before, but once seen it makes a lot of sense. The Eduserv Foundation organized an event on OpenID: OpenID - online identity for the social network generation of learners and researchers. An interesting topic and there are some interesting presentations. Typically, a program page would...read full entry...
  • Search web serviceNovember 09, 2007Under the auspices of OASIS appears a discussion document about the 'search web service'. The Search web service is a means of opening a database to external enquiry in a standardized manner that facilitates discovery of query and response possibilities and makes it possible for heterogeneous databases to be queried...read full entry...
  • Syndicated readingsNovember 08, 2007I think that reading lists and citation managers are interesting sites of connection between environments. They are potentially 'portables', travelling portals onto resources. I was interested to see the following discussion of reading lists on the Intute blog: One solution is to provide links to key quality Internet resources within...read full entry...
  • Webified DeweyNovember 06, 2007My colleague Michael Panzer discusses issues involved in the 'webification' of Dewey in a recent presentation [ppt]. The presentation will briefly introduce a series of major principles for bringing subject terminology to the network level. A closer look at one KOS in particular, the Dewey Decimal Classification, should help to...read full entry...
  • The collective print collectionNovember 04, 2007We have just made available a report on shared storage facilities and the future of print collections as part of the Collective Collection strand of the RLG Programs agenda. It is written by Lizanne Payne, Executive Director of the Washington Research Library Consortium. It reviews storage facility designs and the...read full entry...
  • WorldmapNovember 03, 2007Future reading: digitization and its discontents, an article by Anthony Grafton in the New Yorker, was widely noticed this week. It was nice to see him mention the Worldmap. This was a project we undertook in the context of the Changing Global Book Collection Patterns in ARL Libraries study. Coincidentally,...read full entry...
  • Ariadne and national differencesNovember 02, 2007A new issue of Ariadne has appeared. It continues the recent repository theme with articles on the EU-wide Driver initiative and the centrally supported open access initiatives rolled out under the Dare program in the Netherlands. I am often asked about differences between the library environments in the US and...read full entry...
  • Library website analyticsNovember 01, 2007Our activities in the network world leave traces. The analysis of these traces is now a major undertaking as organizations mine this data to understand behaviors, to improve their systems, and to refine their offer. Tony Hirst has a series of posts about 'course analytics': In contrast to the academic...read full entry...
  • HBR interviews LB of the BLNovember 01, 2007Well, this must be a first! The current issue of the Harvard Business Review carries an interview with Lynne Brindley, Director of the British Library. Do you have a favorite piece from the collection? I never answer that question. I want people to understand that we’re not a museum. We...read full entry...