July 2008 has 30 entries

  • Metadata crosswalk web serviceJuly 27, 2008Metadata crosswalks are becoming more important as more data flows from application to application. We have been working on this issue and the approach was described a while ago in the Code4Lib Journal. This paper discusses an approach and set of tools for translating bibliographic metadata from one format to...read full entry...
  • Buying books ... sometimesJuly 27, 2008When I was in Edinburgh recently I spent some time trying to find Dai Smith's recently published biography of Raymond Williams (which was published in the UK, but not yet in the US). It was not to be had in Blackwell's or Waterstones and I was surprised not to find...read full entry...
  • SEO is part of our businessJuly 27, 2008John Wilkin has another nice post, talking about making resources available in such a way as to make them more likely to be crawled by Google and hence more generally discoverable and, importantly, useful and used. We often go wrong, however, when we try to share our love of complexity...read full entry...
  • Mobile apps and Google trafficJuly 27, 2008I have mentioned the often interesting Hitwise blog a few times. They have presented a couple of interesting analyses recently. One looks at the searches for mobile applications after the recent new iPhone release. They look at specific applications and also at general application areas. It is interesting seeing the...read full entry...
  • Van the ManJuly 25, 2008Something for the weekend ..... I have been interested to observe the disappearance of many Van Morrison songs from YouTube over the last while. I used to look at some from time to time. For example, there were a couple of videos of Cassandra Wilson's wonderful interpretation of Tupelo Honey...read full entry...
  • The institutional record and web archivingJuly 25, 2008As an institution's web presence becomes more central to its identity and business life, it will be interesting to see how long it is before we have more routine approaches to selectively capturing and archiving institutional web resources. One of the interesting things about this topic, as with many we...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day: scholars on Google Book SearchJuly 23, 2008Here is John Sutherland on Google Book Search .... What we are witnessing this year is the beginning of the greatest act of recovered memory in the history of our species. The next decade will be the age of the unimaginably vast archive. More particularly, the dynamic and usable archive....read full entry...
  • The professional poetJuly 20, 2008Going a little off topic for this weekend message. Put aside your prejudices about the poet. Eavan Boland (poet and Stanford professor) writes about the 'skills' modern poets require if they are to thrive. Perhaps an opportunity for business schools to diversify into professional development courses for poets? Whether we...read full entry...
  • Reading and writhingJuly 20, 2008The Nicholas Carr article in the Atlantic - Does Google make us stupid? - has generated a lot of commentary. Carr himself has just pointed to an Edge discussion and an Encyclopedia Britannica discussion. I have commented on the perils of distraction a couple of times recently. Once when talking...read full entry...
  • Yeats againJuly 19, 2008I mentioned visiting the very nicely done Yeats exhibition at the National Library of Ireland in these pages a couple of years ago. There is a very positive story about it in the NYT today. They highlight some of the digital elements of the exhibition ..... The notebook is one...read full entry...
  • Library APIsJuly 18, 2008Building on some work by Owen Stephens, Roy has created a list of library APIs, or APIs of potential interest to library applications. It is in early stages and he welcomes suggestions for addition....read full entry...
  • "Metadata tends to get more complicated the longer you think about it"July 18, 2008Something of a virtuoso performance from Andy Powell: Does Metadata Matter?. This a 30 minute slidecast (using 130 slides), based on a seminar I gave to Eduserv staff yesterday lunchtime. It tries to cover a broad sweep of history from library cataloguing, thru the Dublin Core, Web search engines, IEEE...read full entry...
  • The future of bibliographic control and the OCLC/ALISE research grantsJuly 16, 2008Each year we collaborate with ALISE to award several research grants. Check out the details page: Full-time academic faculty (or equivalent) in schools of library and information science are eligible to apply. OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and collaborative projects under this program. To aid new researchers, priority will...read full entry...
  • Libraries and the interwebJuly 16, 2008Nick Carr has made a list of his favorite 'album' of each year since 1966. Some more detail: Over at The Gaping Silence, Phil Edwards picks up the challenge of listing "a favorite album for every year of your life." I'm definitely game for this game, though, like Phil and...read full entry...
  • Disclosure and diffusion - synchronization and syndicationJuly 16, 2008David Bigwood on his blog stats: Making your content available in more places makes metrics hard. Before Bloglines, Google Reader, Facebook Blog Network, Planet Catalog, and all the rest I could get a feel for the number of readers. Didn't matter too much to me, this is done for my...read full entry...
  • QOTD: perpetually engulfed by books ...July 15, 2008Writing about the history of Cambridge University Library, David McKitterick [Worldcat identity; Worldcat search] says: There is one simple lesson to be learned from studying library history. Those administering, and those using, libraries have almost invariably faced a growth of knowledge, reflected in increasing numbers of books, that threatens to...read full entry...
  • Pogue songsJuly 14, 2008Jim Michalko describes a talk by David Pogue of the NYT at the American Association of Law Libraries meeting and finishes by pointing to an entertaining video. Rather than using the end of his session for questions he walked over to an electronic piano keyboard and performed three parody songs...read full entry...
  • Name authoritiesJuly 14, 2008Libraries have invested significantly in name authority work over the years, and have created extensive infrastructure to help manage names of people and organizations. The relationship between this work and broader interest in this topic is something that will need to be addressed in coming years if this work is...read full entry...
  • AeonJuly 13, 2008Atlas Systems is one of those smaller companies in the libraries marketplace who provides niche solutions. The are probably best known for the Illiad resource sharing software. However, they also provide an interesting system in a new application area ... Aeon offers a circulation management system that enables special collections...read full entry...
  • Institutional social networksJuly 12, 2008Tony Hirst has an interesting post pointing to Ning-based institutional social networks at The University of Wales, Newport, and at The University of Bradford. He cites some colleagues reporting "Yeah, it's happening all over the place". As Tony points out the Bradford site is part of a more general online...read full entry...
  • Hot air ... thoughts from a blog boreJuly 12, 2008I fear that I am becoming a blog bore! At work, I find myself often wanting to say, and sometimes actually saying, "as I said in my blog entry the other day ...". Now, I am a bit self-conscious about this. If I don't say anything, and somebody has read...read full entry...
  • We enjoy visiting with our users while there is no place like homeJuly 10, 2008How libraries reach into the flow of their users has been one of the recurrent themes of this blog. Recently, I have been interested to see libraries begin to systematise this and to understand the issues around particular approaches. I mentioned the National Library of Scotland's presence on YouTube the...read full entry...
  • Class numbers on worksJuly 09, 2008Classify is a protoype service which provides a snapshot of what class numbers (DDC, LCC, NLM) have been assigned to works in Worldcat. The records are grouped using the OCLC FRBR Work-Set algorithm resulting in a work-level summary of the class numbers assigned a title. You can retrieve a classification...read full entry...
  • Changing research behaviors and librariesJuly 08, 2008Libraries are not ends in themselves, although it is tempting to talk about them as if they are. They support research, learning, civic engagement, personal development, .... This means that it is as important, or more important, to understand how technology is impacting those behaviors as it is to understand...read full entry...
  • Terminology servicesJuly 07, 2008During the deliberations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (of which I was a member) there was quite a bit of discussion about 'webifying' (or 'webulating', to use the phrase of my colleague Stu Weibel) library terminology and authority resources. What this meant...read full entry...
  • Uniform titlesJuly 05, 2008Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, librarian and writer, has a review of The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel in today's Irish Times. Mirroring what an eclectic, beautiful library is like, this volume assembles its reflections in a systematic way, under 15 uniform titles, ranked up like handsome spines, all in a...read full entry...
  • Book covers and PiclensJuly 03, 2008The recent discussion of book covers as interface components on the ngc4lib list provides an opportunity to mention PicLens, a utility that is has been creating a lot of interest recently. According to its creators, CoolIris, PicLens provides an "immersive full-screen experience for viewing photos and videos". It is available...read full entry...
  • Research Repository SystemsJuly 02, 2008Chris Rusbridge writes about Research Repository Systems: I promised to be more specific about what I would like to see in repositories that presented more value for less work overall, by offering facilities that allow it to become part of the researcher’s workflow. I’m going to refer to this as...read full entry...
  • A 'shop window' to the National Library of Scotland July 01, 2008I enjoyed a visit to The National Library of Scotland (NLS) a while ago. The NLS has an area on YouTube, showing videos from the Scottish Screen Archive. Here is a link to an interesting video (embedding is disabled) which is rather more engaging than its description suggests ;-) This...read full entry...
  • QOTD: The cornerstone of the UniversityJuly 01, 2008Consider the following quote ..... The role of the library in the university is being transformed. Information technology is shaping both the practice of scholarly inquiry and the daily routine of students and faculty, while library services are becoming more client-focused and more integrated into teaching, learning, and research activities....read full entry...