November 2008 has 17 entries

  • Holiday and RSSNovember 26, 2008No posts for the next few days over the (US) holiday period as we are travelling. A parting note on reading feeds. I have shifted to Chrome for much of my web use. Although there are a few things I miss, overall I like the snappiness of its response. This...read full entry...
  • Criss cross catalogsNovember 23, 2008It is interesting to look at the variety of ways in which newer catalog/discovery layer deployments are linking to third party services. The list of VuFind implementations on their 'about' page provides a good sample. There is some variety within the overall VuFind pattern. Here is an example from a...read full entry...
  • In Borders earlierNovember 23, 2008I was in our local Border's just now, forlornly looking for a weekend Financial Times. Not finding one, I was looking around aimlessly. A couple of things caught my eye, where one mode influences another. One of the nice things about Border's is that you can look for items on...read full entry...
  • BL webNovember 20, 2008I notice that the British Library has revamped its website. They have also launched a new catalog in beta, using Primo. Currently it searches over 13M records for books and other materials, a major scholarly resource. They also point to the just launched Europeana portal which has been remarked in...read full entry...
  • A bright future ....November 19, 2008The Research Information Network, a national research and policy unit in the UK which looks at the information needs and practices of researchers, has produced what it calls a Guidance Booklet. The title is Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: a guide for vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers. The...read full entry...
  • A network generation ...November 17, 2008Further to notes about NetGen, Fintan O'Toole's wonderful remarks on public libraries, and networking and the Obama campaign, here is Fintan O'Toole on generations, networks, and the election. Thirdly, and closely related to this change, is the cultural impact of the internet. The fears expressed about the internet even a...read full entry...
  • QOTD: MurdochNovember 16, 2008Some interesting quotes from a Rupert Murdoch lecture on the current media landscape on CNET. He talks about "compacency and condescension" in newsrooms. "The complacency stems from having enjoyed a monopoly--and now finding they have to compete for an audience they once took for granted. The condescension that many show...read full entry...
  • The book and the cover upNovember 15, 2008I spent a couple of hours in Heffer's in Cambridge a while ago. Turning a corner I was pleasantly surprised by a set of handsome books in fine covers especially set out for inspection. It turned out they were a special issue to mark the 30 year anniversary of the...read full entry...
  • Net gen againNovember 15, 2008From the Economist review of Don Tapscott's latest book, Grown up digital. Young people are fine, he argues, it is baby boomers who are befuddled. Contrary to the claims that video games, Facebook and constant text-messaging have robbed today’s young of the ability to think, Mr Tapscott believes that “Net...read full entry...
  • LeVan on Yee on mashupsNovember 13, 2008I mentioned Raymond Yee's book on mashups a while ago and signaled that a fuller review would follow from my colleague Ralph LeVan. This has now appeared: Ralph reviews the book positively in the current issue of Ariadne. I can’t imagine a more comprehensive book on mashups. This book would...read full entry...
  • M-librariesNovember 12, 2008I have a contribution in Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham. M-Libraries: Libraries on the Move to Provide Virtual Access. London: Facet, 2008. [Worldcat][Table of contents PDF on Facet] That said, I notice that I am not listed among the contributors on the publisher's page ;-) This collects the proceedings of...read full entry...
  • Repository interoperabilityNovember 11, 2008JISC has just made available a report by Nicky Ferguson and colleagues about consistency of metadata and policies between repositories. In the UK, a large number of Institutional Repositories have been set up very recently. Often, it seems, they lack sufficient clarity of policy and purpose. In interviews with depositors...read full entry...
  • HackathonNovember 09, 2008Eric Lease Morgan has a nice note reporting on the Worldcat Hackathon held at the end of last week. A group came together to explore building applications against OCLC Grid Services. Taking place in the Science, Industry and Business Library (New York Public Library), the event began with an overview...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Entering the Midwest via ColumbusNovember 08, 2008I am en route back to Columbus, Ohio. I am now in Atlanta - nearly there! I have been reading Roads: driving America's great highways by Larry McMurtry on the plane. I was interested to read the following on page 80: Accordingly I pulled across the Ohio River at Wheeling...read full entry...
  • Flying and light postingNovember 03, 2008Posting will be light this week as I am attending the 2008 RLG European Partners meeting later in the week. I go to Paris via a meeting in Ottawa tomorrow ..... Too much flying :-( I was traveling through National in Washington DC a while ago. I was tired. It...read full entry...
  • Amplification around a tagNovember 02, 2008My former colleague and network resident, Andy Powell, advocates strongly that public events should publish a conference tag, a virtual venue to which event amplifying network activity like blog posts, tweets, images and so on can cluster. It's easy to forget, but I'd go as far as saying that the...read full entry...
  • Who we are ....November 01, 2008I was pretty interested to see this panel on the home page of the Kelvin Smith Library at Case. In recent presentations I have been noting that while we are increasingly used to seeing 'signed' network resources, library websites are often very anonymous. Think of reviews, ratings, social networking profiles,...read full entry...