September 2008 has 23 entries

  • The silos of the LAMsSeptember 28, 2008Libraries, archives and museums have different curatorial traditions and professional outlooks. In the digital environment, correspondences grow, around both the management of surrogates and of born-digital materials. Based on workshops in five RLG partner institutions, my colleagues have released a report [PDF] on institutional collaboration between libraries, archives and museums....read full entry...
  • Supporting research data management needsSeptember 28, 2008Several recent reports discuss the evolving environment of institutional research data management with particular reference to library issues. Here is a list, with a quote from each and a comment or two. Skills, Role & Career Structure of Data Scientists & Curators: Assessment of Current Practice & Future Needs. Alma...read full entry...
  • Flexibility may not be a good design goalSeptember 26, 2008Jerry McDonough has written an interesting and important article about XML, interoperability, and the social context of standards making: Structural Metadata and the Social Limitation of Interoperability: A Sociotechnical View of XML and Digital Library Standards Development. Drawing on a number of examples he presents a strong conclusion: The digital...read full entry...
  • TagCrowd: yet another tag cloud generatorSeptember 26, 2008Several services will now generate tag clouds for you based on a submitted URL or text. I suppose these make ideal 'cloud' services (ho, ho, ...). I have just come across TagCrowd. Here is what it makes of this morning's CNN home page. It is pretty clear what is on...read full entry...
  • Dublin Core in BerlinSeptember 26, 2008A wide range of presentations from the Dublin Core conference held this week in Berlin is available. Much of general interest about the use of metadata in different domains and the semantic web, and lots of specific descriptions of tools, techniques, and initiatives, .......read full entry...
  • QOTD: your friendly public librarySeptember 21, 2008A UK colleague sent me a pointer to this discussion of directions at Camden public libraries which includes this comment about public libraries by novelist Beryl Bainbridge: Camden Town novelist Beryl Bainbridge said yesterday: “Why do they want them to be friendly places? They’re meant to be sacred. I bet...read full entry...
  • Worldcat on iPhoneSeptember 19, 2008Several colleagues have commented on the view of Worldcat optimized for the iPhone/iTouch created by our colleague Bruce Washburn. It is a nice use of the Worldcat Search API and it pulls data from Worldcat and Worldcat Identities. As I don't have a Safari browser or an iPhone to hand,...read full entry...
  • The flatpack wealth of nationsSeptember 19, 2008Robert Crawford's poem Digital Library, St Andrews, finishes with these lines .... Where laptops open like thick-leaved books The flatpack wealth of nations. I know this because I listened to him talk to John MacColl in the latest PARCast ... Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern scottish Literature at the University...read full entry...
  • GenerationsSeptember 18, 2008We have been having some internal discussion about the usefulness of the 'generational turn' in much recent exploration of reading, media consumption, and learning and research behaviors. It is impossible to move without bumping into a discussion of netgen, natives and immigrants, Y or X, screenagers, the Google generation, and...read full entry...
  • Naming opportunitiesSeptember 18, 2008[warning: retrospection ahead] In a longish and intermittently productive professional writing career, I have had lots of opportunities to come up with titles for publications. With variable results. Some I like. Full disclosure captured, I thought, the gist of the report to which it is attached [pdf]. This was a...read full entry...
  • Public library valueSeptember 17, 2008I wrote a blog entry from the fine public library in Cheyenne last year. I was interested to come across an article mentioning this same library in this week's Economist. Laramie County’s libraries are the best of an excellent lot. Their flagship is a three-storey, zinc-clad edifice in Cheyenne, a...read full entry...
  • Power grabSeptember 17, 2008Posting is light this week. We have been without power at home since the weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Ike passed through Ohio. I write blog posts in the morning between the children heading off to school and coming in to work, or in the evening. Not at the...read full entry...
  • QOTD: reading is community workSeptember 15, 2008The University of Bristol has an interesting offer: A BA in English Literature and Community Engagement. I wonder if any of the students work with or through libraries. The Department of English offers a part-time BA (Hons) in English Literature and Community Engagement. This is an undergraduate degree, taught entirely...read full entry...
  • Up front repository workSeptember 15, 2008Mark Leggott has an interesting post on how they plan to construct and populate their institutional repository.With a minimum of training our hope is that the presentation of a 90% complete IR record will encourage faculty to complete the process. Some future enhancements will include parsing the Sherpa-Romeo record to...read full entry...
  • University mission: curationSeptember 10, 2008The University of Edinburgh strategic plan for 2008-12 states a new mission: The mission of our University is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. [Governance and Strategic Planning: Strategic Planning - Strategic Plan 08-12] Note the word curation. Via Chris Rusbridge, Director of the Digital Curation Centre at the...read full entry...
  • HackathonSeptember 10, 2008Check out the Hackathon being sponsored by the OCLC Developers' Network and NYPL Labs .... It is on Nov 7-8 in New York. Join fellow coders, hackers and tech-enthusiasts for a two-day WorldCat Hackathon at the New York Public Library. Sponsored by the OCLC Developer’s Network and NYPL Labs of...read full entry...
  • Chrome linksSeptember 09, 2008The new Google Chrome browser has captured major attention since it was launched a few days ago. Here, without extensive comment, are links to some interesting posts about Chrome. Nicholas Carr considers strategic motivations .... To Google, the browser has become a weak link in the cloud system - the...read full entry...
  • Life and passwordsSeptember 08, 2008It sometimes seems like this: life is a series of forgotten passwords and one forgotten OpenID....read full entry...
  • QOTD: Books on the webSeptember 07, 2008An interesting story about an academic imprint from Bloomsbury with a different business model .... The imprint will use Creative Commons licences to allow non-commercial use of all its titles on publication. Pinter described it as "a major commitment to spreading knowledge more easily throughout the world, with a sustainable...read full entry...
  • Really one boxSeptember 07, 2008Some time ago I was going to look at something on the web with my son. He looked on incredulously as I began to type in a (medium-sized) URL. "What are you doing?" he asked "why don't you use the other box?". I hadn't realized until then that his preferred...read full entry...
  • Helicopter parentsSeptember 06, 2008A recent story in The Guardian about helicopter parents points to a earlier fuller discussion of the topic. The five types of helicopter parent, identified by Paul Redmond in the Guardian involve themselves not only in the application to university, but in every aspect onwards – open days, choice of...read full entry...
  • Above the FoldSeptember 05, 2008I am pleased to point to Above the fold, a new awareness resource .... Above the Fold consists of a compendium of articles that relate to the work of the RLG Partnership and the information context in which we're all operating -- but readers might not see in the course...read full entry...
  • Meet the candidatesSeptember 02, 2008Here is the Worldcat Identity for each of the Democrat and Republican candidates .... Joe Biden John McCain Barack Obama Sarah Palin I will leave it to others to offer any commentary ;-) And here are some others to review .... George Bush George W Bush Bill Clinton Hillary Rodham...read full entry...