December 2007 has 19 entries

  • Dame Lynne BrindleyDecember 31, 2007Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, joins Helen Mirren and Judi Dench as a Dame of the British Empire. This recognition is for 'services to education' in the UK New Year honours list. This is great news for Lynne, the British Library and UK libraries generally. The success...read full entry...
  • Interoperability?December 30, 2007In libraries we worship interoperability, in the abstract at least. We believe it is an unalloyed good. My snappy interoperability tag is "recombinant potential": things are interoperable to the extent that they are capable of being combined or recombined with other things. We are traveling with a laptop, head phones,...read full entry...
  • Got a problem? Got an answer?December 30, 2007I was interested to receive a note about the new Pew study [pdf] on how people go about solving problems involving information needs. It was interesting to see the positive message about libraries. The survey results challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew...read full entry...
  • End of year randomnessDecember 22, 2007I am in Ireland and am traveling over the holiday period so there is unlikely to be much posting until I am back at work in the New Year. Incidentally, I picked up a nifty Fujifilm "world adaptor and USB charger" in JFK en route which - on the basis...read full entry...
  • Worldcat in FacebookDecember 22, 2007It is nice to see the Worldcat application for Facebook. Look out for additional features over time....read full entry...
  • InteroperabilityDecember 17, 2007Driving to yet another shopping opportunity this evening, I heard a story about 'e-prescriptions' on NPR. I was gobsmacked, as they say, when I heard a snippet from John Kerry, which included the word, interoperability, yes, that's interoperability. I looked up the transcript later: "We have the technology. We have...read full entry...
  • The Code4Lib JournalDecember 17, 2007Best wishes for success to a new arrival, The Code4Lib journal. The Code4Lib Journal project aspires to balance a variety of sometimes competing goals. We want to provide quality articles providing useful information and discussion on bringing library technology into the future. We want every article to be a useful...read full entry...
  • Moving to the network levelDecember 16, 2007It was an interesting week for announcements about network level services. Amazon announced SimpleDB: Amazon SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time. This service works in close conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), collectively...read full entry...
  • QOTD: a feed-based universeDecember 16, 2007The BBC website is a major network hub. It has been through a redesign and a beta site is available for inspection. The home 'page' becomes a "page composition layer". From a conceptual point of view, the widgetization adopted by Facebook, iGoogle and netvibes weighed strongly on our initial thinking....read full entry...
  • Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic ControlDecember 15, 2007I am one of the two 'at large' members of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. A draft final report for comment was released a while ago and today is the final day for responses. Karen Calhoun submitted a comment [PDF] on behalf of OCLC yesterday....read full entry...
  • Library strategy at EmoryDecember 13, 2007I find library strategy documents an interesting indicator of trends. I do think that looking at how organizations present themselves and what is important to them in the documents they produce is revealing, documents such as annual reports, strategies, job ads, websites, org charts, and so on. It would be...read full entry...
  • Deweybrowser IIDecember 12, 2007A new version of the Deweybrowser has appeared. This is a prototype system with some nice features. It is built using Solr and highlights the use of a classification system in retrieval: The DeweyBrowser, beta version 2.0, has a new interface and updated database. You can search for a topic...read full entry...
  • Bibliographic holiday greetingsDecember 11, 2007We are pleased to bring you once again the OCLC Programs and Research Holiday Card. Best bibliographic wishes to all over the holiday period and into the new year ... Click on piechart segments to see the various underlying bibliographic systems: worldcat.org, worldcat identities, and the Deweybrowser ......read full entry...
  • The personal to global traverseDecember 09, 2007Network services have accustomed us to move from the personal to the global. Think of iTunes. I have my own local library on my PC which I can synchronize with mobile devices. It is also tightly integrated with the global network iTunes. And the MiniStore uses aggregate buying patterns to...read full entry...
  • A graphDecember 09, 2007The graph is generated by the Nexus Facebook application and shows the connections between my Facebook friends. I was interested in how it roughly broke down into a 'northern' and a 'southern' concentration. On inspection, it turns out that folks in the Northern concentration are mostly my US friends (and...read full entry...
  • Small worldsDecember 09, 2007I spent a couple of days at Kansas University in congenial Lawrence during the week. I flew back to Columbus from Kansas City airport on Thursday evening. However, I did not see my soon-to-be colleague Andrew Pace who was apparently in the airport at the same time ..... When travelling...read full entry...
  • The union catalogue and collaborative sourcingDecember 03, 2007The National Library of Australia has released an interesting document about the value of union catalogues in general, and Libraries Australia in particular. Here is the concluding paragraph: As Australian library collections move from managing print-based materials to managing digital and licensed resources, the National Union Catalogue provides a significant...read full entry...
  • Kindle againDecember 02, 2007I got hold of a Kindle at work the other day, only for an evening as I had to pass it on. I didn't have it for long enough to form any realistic impression and I did not read a book on it. However, even based on this limited exposure,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: a new class of librariansDecember 01, 2007It is always interesting to read about libraries and librarians when the writer comes from outside the library environment. I have just come across the December 2007 issue of the Canadian University Affairs. It contains an article intriguingly entitled The new librarians. A new class of librarians is emerging: forward-thinking...read full entry...