May 2008 has 21 entries

  • Workflow is an intermediate consumerMay 31, 2008I have been using the following contrast in presentations for a while. This is to make a distinction between library services - or any other service for that matter - in a pre-network age, and such services now. Then: people were prepared to build their workflows around library services. Now:...read full entry...
  • RLUKMay 30, 2008RLUK (Research Libraries UK) is where research libraries in the UK address shared issues. The organization has a new name (previously it was CURL), website, blog, strategic plan [pdf], and vision/mission. The plan identifies six strategic themes: Theme 1 Developing the research library workforce Theme 2 Building the new research...read full entry...
  • Mobile access againMay 29, 2008My colleague Bruce Washburn sent me a note prompted by the mention here of the NCSU provision for mobile access to the library website and catalog. Bruce worked on mobile access to RedLightGreen some years ago. He also worked on the Worldcat Facebook app. He makes an interesting comparison: We...read full entry...
  • Mobile accessMay 28, 2008I was interested to come across the provision for mobile access at NCSU Libraries. Here is the library page. Given that one does not want a very long list, it makes for interesting decisions about what is important or of interest to mobile users. "Wolfline status' gives access to the...read full entry...
  • A decade of booksMay 27, 2008The literary festival at Hay-on-Wye is in mid-flow. For unfamiliar readers, Hay is a Welsh town famous for being home to many second-hand bookshops (aka used book stores). It has over thirty bookshops [Wikipedia]. Robert McCrum writes about this, and other, literary festivals in his retrospective review of ten years...read full entry...
  • Consistent access to French archives and manuscriptsMay 25, 2008Calames is a recently released catalog of archives and manuscripts in French universities and national institutions. It is provided by Abes, which also provides Sudoc the French universities union catalog. Not only is there a shared public catalog, but Calames supports a shared cataloging environment for the creation of finding...read full entry...
  • Analytics: mind the gapMay 23, 2008In a digital environment our actions shed data which can be collected and mined. We leave traces. In this context it is not surprising that 'analytics' has emerged as a central interest. 'Analytics' is often used to refer to how organizations analyse the data they collect to improve decisions or...read full entry...
  • Candidate 2.0 and crowd-fundingMay 22, 2008It seems clear that the current US primaries represent an important political watershed. I am not talking about race or gender. I am talking about the use of the Internet in campaigning. This was prefigured last go around in Howard Dean's campaign but this time it is central to Obama's...read full entry...
  • FlockMay 18, 2008I use the Flock browser as my main work (and home) environment. I like the way it brings gmail. facebook, and my RSS aggregator into the same in-browser environment. I could do other stuff but that is enough to be getting on with. One click and I can look through...read full entry...
  • Keeping research dataMay 14, 2008The JISC has made a report on digital preservation costs available. "This study has investigated the medium to long term costs to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the preservation of research data". One aim was to provide a methodological foundation on research data costs for national and institutional initiatives. Our...read full entry...
  • The heart of the UniversityMay 13, 2008 Recently, it seems to me I have heard the sentiment that the library is no longer the 'heart of the university' expressed several times. If not the heart, which organ? I wonder .... Photo credit: taken by my colleague Günter Waibel at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale....read full entry...
  • Recommendation and RanganathanMay 13, 2008From time to time, we see a discussion about the relative merits of Google, or Amazon, and library catalogs as retrieval or search engines. There is one main difference that doesn't tend to get discussed much, and that has to do with the type of data that gets factored into...read full entry...
  • Tagging at the network levelMay 11, 2008There is a fascinating entry by Seb Chan of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney documenting experiences one month into their participation in the Commons on Flickr. The Powerhouse Museum has been alert to various ways of combining professional and audience metadata in its services. It was an early comer to...read full entry...
  • Boxed in: a set of search boxesMay 10, 2008Libraries have major challenges in developing their websites. Think just of the information resources they provide access to. There are locally managed resources: a catalog, a repository or two, informational pages, and so on. And there are many remote resources: licensed databases, links to web pages, and so on. And...read full entry...
  • Computational advertisingMay 08, 2008I was very interested to read this brief piece about the 'new discipline' of 'computational advertising': Web advertising is the primary driving force behind many Web activities, including Internet search as well as publishing of online content by third-party providers. A new discipline - Computational Advertising - has recently emerged,...read full entry...
  • The electronic influences the printMay 07, 2008I have just received a copy of Web-based learning through educational informatics from my helpful colleagues in the OCLC Library and Information Center. I have not yet read it, although I look forward to it. The author, Nigel Ford, describes educational informatics as the integration of three major R&D emphases:...read full entry...
  • Some readingMay 07, 2008Here are links to several unrelated publications ..... Reconfiguring the Library Systems Environment portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 8, No. 2, April 2008. http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/archive/2008/dempsey-portal.pdf (.pdf: 195K/18 pp.) [Lorcan Dempsey: Selected publications [OCLC]] This is a short piece adapted from an earlier blog entry. Lavoie, Brian, and Günter Waibel. An...read full entry...
  • On gurus: reputation management and digestibilityMay 05, 2008Tom Davenport has created a list of the top 20 management gurus for the Wall Street Journal. Psychologists, journalists and celebrity chief executives crowd the top of a ranking of influential business thinkers compiled for The Wall Street Journal. The results, based on Google hits, media mentions and academic citations,...read full entry...
  • Touch screenMay 03, 2008When we tried out the Kindle a while ago, my son immediately began to touch the screen. But no, the only effect was to leave marks. This morning in our local Border's I noticed that they had little notices stuck above the screens of their enquiry system. They said that...read full entry...
  • A gallimaufrey of itemsMay 02, 2008Some items of possible interest which were in a little email pile waiting for attention ...... Arrow An Australian colleague alerted me to the redesign of the Arrow Discovery Service. Arrow aggregates access to Australian research repositories. Welcome to the ARROW Discovery Service - where you can search 143,582 Australian...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Trees, books, rightsMay 01, 2008There is an interesting short article on book swapping sites in the Guardian, placing them in a 'recycling' context. For eco-aware readers, the environmental benefits of swapping rather than buying are clear. In 2003, Greenpeace launched its book campaign, producing evidence that the UK publishing industry was inadvertently fuelling the...read full entry...