February 2008 has 18 entries

  • The big resource rich libraryFebruary 28, 2008Here is the opening paragraph of an article on libraries and the long tail I wrote a while ago. Discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in the library community strike me as somewhat partial. Much of that discussion is about how libraries contain deep and...read full entry...
  • The new BBCFebruary 27, 2008The BBC is a major web presence, and many people look to it for example. I noted a while ago its pending redesign: From a conceptual point of view, the widgetization adopted by Facebook, iGoogle and netvibes weighed strongly on our initial thinking. We wanted to build the foundation and...read full entry...
  • Mixing open and restricted access materialsFebruary 26, 2008Over the Christmas break I read the interesting Global Ireland: same difference. And, in my convalescence, I have been looking at other materials on this topic. I had a look at OAIster. A search on Ireland and globablization returned quite a few results. I was interested in browsing through the...read full entry...
  • Blogging and presentingFebruary 25, 2008Blogging has been a bit thin lately - and may continue to be for a few days - as I have been traveling and have not managed to shake off a heavy cold. I gave a presentation at the University of Iowa last week. It is the type of event...read full entry...
  • QOTD: "To every scholar the library is a personal realm of secret topography."February 23, 2008Fiona MacCarthy has a very nice article in today's Guardian about Colin St John Wilson and the building which was to become his life's work. Perhaps only an intellectual modernist such as Wilson could have tackled the architectural challenges inherent in designing the largest public building in Britain in the...read full entry...
  • TopicsFebruary 23, 2008I mentioned the IWR interview the other day. Here is how I write about the blog thereQ Describe your blog?A I say that it is about “libraries, networks and services”. I suppose that over time it has become more general. At first it had more of a technical slant; now...read full entry...
  • An interesting university web presenceFebruary 20, 2008iSoton is an interesting web presence from the University of Southampton. I wonder how well it is being received and used. There are six panels. One displays a (short) list of university podcasts; another displays standard virtual tour stuff. The other four are more interesting. One displays the University's wikipedia...read full entry...
  • Harvard business blogsFebruary 19, 2008I did an interview about blogging a while ago for Information World Review. One of the things that got left out of the final version was a list of blogs from outside the library world which I read from a work point of view. Here are the blogs I listed....read full entry...
  • Worldcat blogFebruary 19, 2008Follow Worldcat.org and related developments at the new Worldcat blog....read full entry...
  • Data exchange and museumsFebruary 15, 2008My colleague Günter Waibel writes about a new RLG Programs project looking at the exchange of metadata between museum systems. Go to the entry for more detail. With the generous support of a $145,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, RLG Programs will gather a select group of museum...read full entry...
  • The afterlife of mediaFebruary 14, 2008I was playing with Rock Band at home the other day - well, moving my fingers anyway. I was struck by the way in which it gave renewed life to old songs. Who would have imagined, for example, that the youth of today would strum, drum and hum along to...read full entry...
  • CardsFebruary 11, 2008OCLC distributed around 2 million printed catalog cards last year. They are still being used .......read full entry...
  • Reference bookmarksFebruary 11, 2008When to use general network level services to get library work done, and when to develop library-specific approaches?: this is a question that now comes up in several places. Here is an interesting intiative from the National Library of Australia, using del.ico.us to support collaborative virtual reference. AskNow librarians need...read full entry...
  • Ranking and citingFebruary 10, 2008For good or ill, universities notice rankings. These are compiled in various ways, including peer assessment and citation analysis. I was interested to come across the work of The Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University which is "currently developing a new ranking system entirely based on...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Reading againFebruary 08, 2008Steven Johnson, author of Everything bad is good for you: how today's popular culture is making you smarter, writes about a couple of recent discussions of reading, including the much discussed NEA report. : The problem with both arguments is that they're fundamentally rehashing the technological opposition of the television...read full entry...
  • Evergreen and PinesFebruary 05, 2008There is a lot of buzz around Evergreen: there is excitement about an open source integrated library system. There is another aspect of it that is interesting, which I haven't seen so much discussion about. Evergreen was developed to support PINES in Georgia. It was designed to support consortial working....read full entry...
  • Let me be open with you ...February 03, 2008'open' is a word that usually needs to be qualified to be of any use in our conversations. Simply standing on its own it is not clear what it means. Unless qualified the word is like 'home made', 'new' or 'natural', a widely applied promotional label with little informational value....read full entry...
  • QOTD: a lifted study-storehouseFebruary 01, 2008I mentioned the other day that the Times had nominated Philip Larkin, poet and librarian ("the toad work") as the greatest British writer since 1945. Through the wonders of resource sharing I have got hold of a copy of his history of the library at the University of Hull, updated...read full entry...