December 2008 has 23 entries

  • Holiday note 2: QOTD: video gamesDecember 31, 2008John Lanchester has an article on video games in the current London Review of Books. Because of the cultural segregation between audiences that he describes below, it is unusual to see a serious treatment of video games in a venue like this. I was particularly interested to see this given...read full entry...
  • Holiday note 1: OhioDecember 29, 2008An off-topic holiday note for non-US readers. The first year or two we were in Ohio we spent quite a bit of time driving around the State. This lasted only so long: our children protested about long drives. For them, a long drive is anything that involves traveling further than...read full entry...
  • A timelineDecember 19, 2008Here is what I saw at the end of the page when I did a Google search on Edmund Burke ... This functionality is available in Google News. I did not see it immediately in Google Book Search, although book content is contributing to the timeline. I tried a few...read full entry...
  • Museum studiesDecember 19, 2008The UK academic world was in a frenzy yesterday as the results of the Research Assessment Exercise were published. In this process, the work of academic departments is graded on a scale from 4* ('world leading') down. It is important for both reputation and revenue, as the results are keenly...read full entry...
  • Card Catalogue OnlineDecember 18, 2008I was interested to come across the University of Bristol's 'Card catalogue online', a resource based on scanned images of catalogue cards. The digitisation project involved scanning 300,000 cards covering pre-1978 material held in the Arts and Social Sciences Library and all other branch libraries (except the Medical Library).As well...read full entry...
  • QOTD: putting book info in the flowDecember 17, 2008Mike Shatzkin writes about the changing environment for publishers in Publishers' Weekly. There are some familiar themes ... Network concentration (Amazon) and diffusion (recommendation and referral from social sites, widgets, ...) ... Print book review media and subscription book clubs are fewer in number and, most critically, bricks-and-mortar retail shelf...read full entry...
  • Sustaining the digital investmentDecember 17, 2008The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access was launched last year by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress, JISC, CLIR, and NARA. It is jointly chaired by Fran Berman of the San Diego Supercomputer Center...read full entry...
  • QOTD: InnovationDecember 15, 2008A couple of sentences in Joseph Stiglitz's Vanity Fair critique of economic and financial policy over recent years jumped out at me: But innovation, like "change," has no inherent value. It can be bad ... as well as good. [Joseph E Stiglitz on capitalist fools. Vanity Fair]...read full entry...
  • SEODecember 14, 2008I have mentioned SEO (Search Engine Optimization) a few times as an increasingly important area of interest for librarians. However, as I have suggested, I come across resistance on the grounds that this is some sort of base or mendacious activity. We are very interested in interoperability, however, and for...read full entry...
  • Network environmental issuesDecember 13, 2008I wrote a short piece for Portal last year. 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]] The introductory remarks about the environment repeat many of the topics discussed in these pages in...read full entry...
  • Liber shifts gearsDecember 12, 2008And speaking of the Liber Quarterly, it is good to see that they have made it freely available on the web. It will be interesting to see if we now come across more references to it. My colleague Ricky Erway has an article in the current issue. This provides an...read full entry...
  • Library valueDecember 11, 2008We are seeing more interest in demonstrating value. Here are two rather different items on this topic. The first is an article on ROI in the current LIBER Quarterly by Paula Kaufman, Dean of Libraries at UIUC. University administrators are asking library directors to demonstrate their library's value to the...read full entry...
  • Holiday greetingDecember 09, 2008It's time for the OCLC Research holiday card. Check it out here, and make sure to click on the reindeer for holiday reading/listening/viewing suggestions....read full entry...
  • It's not there ...December 08, 2008I was going to do a short entry quoting from Benjamin Schwartz's review of David Thompson's Have you seen? : a personal introduction to 1,000 films in the November issue of the Atlantic. I went looking for it a few days ago but there appeared to be a mistake: the...read full entry...
  • Centering the decentralized identity ...December 08, 2008Andy Powell, network resident, has an interesting post about his 'fractured' network identity. How does he define identity? "Digital identity is the online representation of an individual within a community, as adopted by that individual and/or projected by others. An individual may have multiple digital identities in multiple communities." [Andy...read full entry...
  • Edublog awardsDecember 07, 2008I was pleased to see that this blog was nominated in the Best Librarian/Library Blog category for the 2008 Edublog award. I notice that my former colleagues, Brian Kelly and Andy Powell/Pete Johnston, are nominated in the educational tech support category for the UK Web Focus and eFoundations blogs respectively....read full entry...
  • Penguin datingDecember 06, 2008I have just come across PenguinDating "where book lovers meet", a partnership between Penguin and match.com. You can go on singles nights in libraries and there's even a hybrid speed-dating book club in a pub. Here at Penguin Books we’ve teamed up with match.com to create penguindating.co.uk. You can be...read full entry...
  • Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia CommonsDecember 06, 2008An announcement from Das Bundesarchiv (German National Archive) and Wikimedia Commons: Starting on Thursday Dec 4, 2008, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100,000 files from a donation from the German Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of...read full entry...
  • The changing education experienceDecember 03, 2008The Guardian published a supplement on the 'digital student' the other day. There is some general context and there is a range of short pieces on specific approaches or projects. This is all written for a general audience so there is no great detail and it is quite anecdotal. As...read full entry...
  • Cultural heritage resources at UKOLNDecember 02, 2008I notice that my former colleagues at UKOLN have created a set of web pages pulling together support services for the cultural heritage communities ... What will you find here? Information on a range of topics relating to the use of digital resources and technology. Follow the Topic links in...read full entry...
  • Zotero and WC listsDecember 02, 2008I have been looking at Zotero again while on vacation, as one does. I was impressed earlier to be able to import WorldCat lists to Zotero courtesy of Coins. Go to the citations view for the list and click on the Zotero folder icon in the address bar (assuming you...read full entry...
  • Social networks and citation tools for scientistsDecember 01, 2008And speaking of Nature Network, I was interested to see this list of 'social networks' for scientists at the Science@Cambridge site. Science Social Networks Research Gate Nature Networks 2collab Within3 (for Medics) [science@cambridge: science portal for Cambridge students | Cambridge University Library] And the following list of citation tools, including...read full entry...
  • LabLitDecember 01, 2008A little off topic ... I was interested just now to come across LabLit.com magazine, an online presence devoted to the representation of science in literature. LabLit.com is dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and perceptions of that culture – science, scientists and labs – in fiction,...read full entry...