April 2008 has 28 entries

  • Making tracksApril 30, 2008We got a present of a couple of children's books from Australia and were intrigued to discover their relationship to the collections of the National Museum of Australia. Making Tracks takes young readers on a fictional journey through some fascinating Australian stories, inspired by objects from the National Museum of...read full entry...
  • FlakesApril 29, 2008I think the Pageflakes grab-bag approach works better for some things than others. Anyway, here are three sites that have come over my horizon recently. My colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura alerted us today to a page of library blogs assembled by British Library staff. I was interested to see the classification...read full entry...
  • QOTD: mobileApril 28, 2008I am writing a short piece on mobile communications at the moment and have been interested to see that the whole world is writing about the impact of mobile. The Economist has a very nice special section with articles on a range of topics (see the display panel on the...read full entry...
  • Reading blogsApril 27, 2008I tend to have several blog entries lying around the place: often they just fall off the edge when my interests move on. Here is some text from one which I left there just that bit too long: Library blogs are a mixed lot. I am always on the look-out...read full entry...
  • The musical record again: literally this timeApril 27, 2008From an interview with Billy Bragg, the Bard of Barking, in the current issue of Mojo: Vinyl, CD, or MP3? Vinyl. In a hundred years time, vinyl will be the only medium that has survived. CDs will fade, like old pictures that have gone a bit orange, and MP3s, well...read full entry...
  • Blake's sevenApril 25, 2008I have noticed that any self-respecting blog has to have the occasional science fiction reference. So here is an off-topic post for Friday. A remake of Blake's Seven is being discussed. LONDON -- Hoping to cash in on the success of classic sci-fi revamps such as the BBC's "Doctor Who"...read full entry...
  • Search by color ...April 25, 2008We have been looking at Etsy at home recently: "your place to buy and sell all things handmade". It is just nice to use. I especially like the useful search by color ;-) They have an alchemy section: Turn your ideas into reality with Alchemy! Buyers can post requests for...read full entry...
  • Google and OAI-PMHApril 24, 2008There is an interesting note on the Google Webmaster Central Blog: When we originally launched Sitemaps, we included support for the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) 2.0 protocol, an interoperability framework based on metadata harvesting. In the meantime, however, we've found that the information we gain from...read full entry...
  • Let me recommend ....April 23, 2008Lovereading is a site for readers ... Lovereading was founded for book lovers by book lovers in 2005. These days, it is harder than ever to find the book you want to read next - particularly because of the sheer volume and choice of books you can find on the...read full entry...
  • Live Mesh - as if you needed another post about itApril 23, 2008Microsoft has announced its Live Mesh initiative: you must have heard the rumble? Another network word to join grid, graph, and web. We will have to see how it rolls out, but it is a reminder of how much is at play as Google, Microsoft and a few others race...read full entry...
  • QOTD: network-freeApril 21, 2008From Fred Stutzman, who is looking for network-free moments in which to 'code, write or create': In an attempt to resist the encroachment of network into the spaces of productivity, I've created Freedom. Freedom is a Mac application that disables your computer's networking capabilities for a selected time interval. Some...read full entry...
  • Libraries of the futureApril 21, 2008I spoke at the JISC conference in Birmingham last week. It was at a session related to the JISC's Libraries of the Future initiative. A special supplement on academic libraries is appearing in the Guardian Newspaper to accompany the initiative. A range of topics is covered; the treatment is high...read full entry...
  • Black and white movies again ....April 20, 2008A late Friday afternoon note ..... I was watching an old episode of 8 simple rules this morning. Rory had to do a book report on To Kill a Mocking Bird. His father got the Gregory Peck movie, but his mother suggested he actually read the book, or read the...read full entry...
  • QOTD: predominant transportation method, texting and readingApril 20, 2008Having moved from London to the Mid-west we are very aware of the impact of location on life-style, the switch from public transport to the car being a major example. In this context, I was interested to read this paragraph by Castells et al in Mobile communication and society: a...read full entry...
  • Platforming a library network: destination and switchApril 18, 2008I recently came across xignite, a financial web services company. Here is their blurb .... Financial events around the world impact not only finance professionals but every business. This is why successful businesses integrate key financial information into the processes and applications their employees or clients use every day. Until...read full entry...
  • Information also wants to be expensiveApril 18, 2008I bought [i] a New York Times yesterday in our local Borders and, over coffee, was interested to open up a large two page spread advertising the newly named Thomson Reuters, A new name and a new logo. I was interested to read the following in the business pages (under...read full entry...
  • Enlarging the anglosphereApril 16, 2008I am en route from the UK to the US, and was interested to read an article by Gordon Brown, Enlarging the Anglosphere, in today's WSJ Opinion pages. He is talking about how to renew and extend relationships between the US and the UK and proposes a list of areas...read full entry...
  • The Integrated Library System: status and futureApril 15, 2008Library Management Systems Study: An Evaluation and horizon scan of the current library management systems and related systems landscape for UK higher education [pdf] is a report commissioned by JISC and SCONUL which has just appeared. It is quite long, including an environmental scan, interviews with library system vendors, reports...read full entry...
  • GenealogyApril 13, 2008I am in Dublin (Ireland) for a couple of days and was interested to see Fintan O'Toole writing about archives and genealogy in the Irish Times yesterday (behind a paywall). He contrasts two views of genealogy, one that it is about tourism, one that it is about culture and the...read full entry...
  • Memories, memories ..April 13, 2008I enjoyed the UKOLN thirtieth anniversary celebration at the British Library last week. It was good to see people from across the years, and Liz Lyon and her UKOLN colleagues did a very fine media narrative of how the organization has evolved. I was struck by how much has happened...read full entry...
  • Digital preservationApril 11, 2008The New York Times carries an article this week about the economics of digital preservation. The context is the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access co-chaired by my colleague Brian Lavoie. All that work is going on, Dr. Lavoie said, but “that misses the point”...read full entry...
  • The musical recordApril 10, 2008I was reading an interview with Elvis Costello yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to come across this question from the interviewer, David Hepworth: Right. I was interested, you did those reissues, and they're doing them again, and you've got huge numbers of B sides and live recordings and all this...read full entry...
  • The network levelApril 07, 2008Jeremy Frumkin of Oregon State University talks to Merrilee Proffitt about library services and moving to the network level in the second Parcast [file is here]. This is in response to the question "what keeps you awake at night?". What is a Parcast? Welcome to the OCLC Programs and Research...read full entry...
  • Some thoughts about egos, objects, and social networks ...April 06, 2008More of a linked list of other people's thoughts ... about egos and objects. I quote some pieces below: all of the posts are suggestive and worth reading. The linking theme is that people connect and share themselves through 'social objects', pictures, books, or other shared interests, and that successful...read full entry...
  • Scots WikipediaApril 05, 2008[Note: the links in the Wikipedia quotes do not work as I have not changed the relative URLs to absolute ones] I was looking up James Connolly just now as I prepare some slides for a presentation at the 2008 LIR Annual Seminar. The event is being held in Liberty...read full entry...
  • Conference amplification creates tremorApril 05, 2008I have mentioned before the tremor an event can sometimes cause in your communications fabric, as it pops up among your Facebook friends, in your RSS aggregator, and so on. So with Open Repositories 2008. A note about amplifying activities from a description of the event ... One interesting innovation...read full entry...
  • Serendipitous encounter through tagsApril 03, 2008The University of Michigan has introduced a social bookmarking application, MTagger. Here is Ken Varnum: More important than the tagging functionality itself is what MTagger will allow our faculty, staff, and students to do. MTagger brings a social component to research that we have not previously had. It will allow...read full entry...
  • The big switchApril 01, 2008I have just finished Nicholas Carr's The Big Switch. Here is a sample: The complexity and inefficiency of the client-server model have fed on themselves over the last quarter century. As companies continue to add more applications, they have to expand their data centers, install new machines, reprogram old ones,...read full entry...