January 2008 has 21 entries

  • Personal reference collections as digital librariesJanuary 31, 2008We will see much more activity connecting user environments and bibliographic resources. I am thinking of citation managers, reading lists, social bookmarking sites (see citulike and unalog) and RSS feeds. Some of these may be specifically supported by the library (e.g. a citation manager service), some may be developed within...read full entry...
  • Registries, referrals, resolutionsJanuary 30, 2008I have written before about how registries provide 'intelligence' in the network. Scalable loose coupling between library services will benefit from good ways to discover those services. The Worldcat Registry includes data for library services (resolver, catalog, virtual reference) which drives Worldcat Local and Worldcat.org. Worldcat.org's 'understanding' of the library...read full entry...
  • FRBR and Learning Objects (FLOR?)January 30, 2008Phil Barker looks at FRBR in the context of learning object metadata. The proposed object model borrows from the scholarly works application profile (SWAP) application model, which in turn is based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) entity model. The rationale behind this was that, firstly, scholarly works...read full entry...
  • Find the gapJanuary 27, 2008On page 3 of Helen Vendler's Our secret discipline: Yeats and lyric form I read: And since there is no better motive for writing on a subject than a gap on library shelves, I began in earnest, some years ago, to study Yeats's lyric style. I wonder is there a...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Joycean comedyJanuary 24, 2008 A little off topic for Friday. Will Ferrall accepts the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society (L&H) of University College Dublin: He continued to explain that indeed there are parallels between himself and the great literary author. “James Joyce spent a lot of his life living...read full entry...
  • Newsflash: library changes catalog interfaceJanuary 23, 2008 Columbus does a wonderful job - imho - with libraries and parks. And, as I have mentioned before, we are very lucky to live right beside Whetstone Park and the Whetstone Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Libraries. The Libraries recently introduced an Aquabrowser-based catalog interface, and, hey, it has made...read full entry...
  • JargonJanuary 23, 2008Library jargon explained: a resource at Swansea University Library and Information Services. Good that they have provided this? Bad that we need it? Call number - The call number, the number placed on the spine of a book, is a code which provides information about the subject of the book...read full entry...
  • Library process automation: the ecology of providersJanuary 20, 2008Just as I began to see messages about the publication of Marshall Breeding's report on his survey of library perceptions of their system vendor I was reading The new economics of the BI market by Jerry Held on The Database Column blog. He talks about consolidation within the BI (Business...read full entry...
  • QOTD: the bibliographic archipelagoJanuary 18, 2008Our bibliographic systems are like an archipelago. Scattered islands which need to be visited individually. In this context I was interested to read Bob Wolven: Now, however, more radical change seems both possible and responsible in light of developments taking place outside library cataloging. The balkanized system that has characterized...read full entry...
  • Cataloging and standardsJanuary 18, 2008Bob Wolven has an interesting piece in netConnect about cataloging. He mentions our approach to standards, among other things. Perhaps worse, the kind of consensus we have demanded drives us toward complexity. Our libraries acquire a vast and wildly diverse set of resources, yet we insist on treating all of...read full entry...
  • Librarian tops pollJanuary 18, 2008OK, I am cheating a little. The Times has produced a list of the greatest British writers since 1945, and Philip Larkin heads the list. Larkin was of course Librarian at the University of Hull for many years. "My job as University Librarian is a full-time one, five days a...read full entry...
  • POTD: Facebook fatigueJanuary 18, 2008 No Facebook - Blessington St, St Kilda Originally uploaded by avlxyz A nice picture. I saw it via Martin Weller who uses it alongside some general reflections about Facebook. You only understand it by doing it - as many people have commented (e.g. Ewan), in order to understand web...read full entry...
  • On the record: report of the LC working group on the future of bibliographic controlJanuary 10, 2008The final report of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has been submitted and is now available on the LC website. On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (January 9, 2008) Read final report [PDF, 442...read full entry...
  • To 'extract, transform and load' or to federateJanuary 10, 2008One of the major questions for library systems is the role of metasearch or federation. I have written about this here (Metasearch: a boundary case) and here (Metasearch, Google and the rest). The issue is that libraries have to manage a range of database resources whose legacy technical and business...read full entry...
  • Web-Scale development: "the data center is the computer"January 10, 2008More computing is happening in the cloud. Personal and corporate applications are being sourced from network based services. 'cloud' is a good way of describing the consumer experience: the consumer does not have to worry about the details of implementation or carry the burden of physical plant. However, it is...read full entry...
  • Intelligence metadataJanuary 09, 2008An interesting announcement about some metadata standards from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which use Dublin Core. Dale Meyerrose, mentioned in the quote, is associate director of national intelligence and chief information officer at ODNI. These standards are a part of a broader attempt by Meyerrose...read full entry...
  • The less common readerJanuary 06, 2008The much-discussed, and somewhat contested, NEA report on reading came out at around the same time as The Uncommon Reader, a fictional account by Alan Bennett of the late discovery of reading by the Queen (of England). The conjunction was discussed in the New York Times: PERHAPS the most fantastical...read full entry...
  • In the flow - royallyJanuary 06, 2008I was pretty interested earlier to come across The Royal Channel, the Official Channel of the British Monarchy on YouTube. At first I suspected a joke, but there is a link from the official 'royal' site. Somebody seems to be putting quite a bit of thought into the Monarch's web...read full entry...
  • What the reader intends ...January 06, 2008From the ever-suggestive William Gibson .. Did Borges ever imagine a library in which we could know which volumes users were thinking about consulting? [William Gibson] He is pointing to a recent article about the analysis of user data by Google and the types of intelligence they can derive from...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and document understandingJanuary 03, 2008Google Book Search: Document Understanding on a Massive Scale [PDF] is a brief treatment of issues faced by Google as they grow their corpus of digitized books and work to make it useful in various ways. Luc Vincent of Google discusses OCR (issues of many languages occurring unpredictably in variously...read full entry...
  • QOTD: clouds and controlJanuary 02, 2008A Wired interviewer asks Nick Carr when does the Big Switch from the desktop to the cloud happen? Carr: Most people are already there. Young people in particular spend way more time using so-called cloud apps — MySpace, Flickr, Gmail — than running old-fashioned programs on their hard drives. What's...read full entry...