January 2009 has 18 entries

  • Stock ideasJanuary 30, 2009I was looking at iStockphoto earlier for something and on a whim searched for 'library'. If stock photographs capture stock ideas about things, then it is clear what people still think about libraries .... Incidentally, I liked the 'flame' coming out of the top of the images: it indicates how...read full entry...
  • Metadata creation practicesJanuary 30, 2009We have released a report on metadata creation practices based on a survey of RLG partner institutions. 134 responses from 67 institutions were received. Ayers, Leighann, Beth Picknally Camden, Lisa German, Peggy Johnson, Caroline Miller and Karen Smith-Yoshimura. 2009. What We've Learned from the RLG Partners Metadata Creation Workflows Survey....read full entry...
  • Top Tech Trends gets amplifiedJanuary 29, 2009Roy writes about how Top Tech Trends has become an amplified conference....read full entry...
  • Breakthrough ideasJanuary 29, 2009The Harvard Business Review list of breakthrough ideas for 2009 had a few interesting entries. My favorite was the 'IKEA Factor' .... we do often see examples where folks are reluctant to let go of things they have invested time and resource in. Institutional memory goes digital Suppose every utterance...read full entry...
  • MLA welcomes ObamaJanuary 24, 2009The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in the UK welcomes the inauguration of Barack Obama, quoting from his speech at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 2005. Here is how the piece opens .... During an especially historic week, the MLA, and its Chief Executive Roy Clare, would like...read full entry...
  • Phone homeJanuary 23, 2009Mike Leigh's film Happy-go-Lucky has been doing well, and Sally Hawkins who plays the lead won a Golden Globe for her performance. We liked it much less than the critics appeared to, including the excellent Philip French. (French reviews it in the Observer; while looking for this I came across...read full entry...
  • Collective collection policiesJanuary 23, 2009One of the more interesting library developments in recent years has been the growing interest in cooperative approaches to the storage and management of collections. This has been made more real by pressures on space, and the opportunity cost of using that space to house print collections. Such collaborative sourcing...read full entry...
  • Libraries and research information practiceJanuary 21, 2009I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report which synthesizes research findings about scholarly information practices and draws out lessons for libraries .. Palmer, Carole L., Lauren C. Teffeau and Carrie M. Pirmann. 2009. Scholarly Information Practices in the Online Environment: Themes from the Literature and Implications...read full entry...
  • Library website analyticsJanuary 20, 2009I have just been looking at the presentation [ppt] given by Tony Hirst and Hassan Sheikh to Internet Librarian International last October. They report the results of their analysis of traffic to the home page of the Open University Library using Google Analytics. Here are some of the things that...read full entry...
  • A referenceable listJanuary 19, 2009My colleague Constance Malpas has created an interesting Worldcat List in support of ongoing work: Selected print-only, refereed scholarly journals in the humanities with fewer than 50 aggregate library holdings. Holdings count limited to recs containing ISSN and English-language cataloging. [RLG Prospective Journals Preservation Project - sample titles] This is...read full entry...
  • Reading, skimming, avoiding ...January 17, 2009I have been meaning to mention Carole Palmer's observation that we are seeing 'reading avoidance' as an emerging behavior among researchers, as they increasingly depend on abstracts, citations, and other reading cues and clues to 'avoid' full engagement with the materials themselves. Here is what I wrote in my recent...read full entry...
  • Google Book Search and LibrariesJanuary 17, 2009My colleague Ricky Erway has distilled material relevant to libraries from the proposed Google agreement with the APA and Authors' Guild. Now I'm not a lawyer (and I've had that confirmed by our folks in legal) and not even a little lawyer-like, but I read the settlement agreement, most of...read full entry...
  • HiccupsJanuary 17, 2009Apologies for any hiccups while we updated the blog software over the last few days. This blog runs on a local instance of Movable Type. As I suggested when talking about online identity the other day, I might have set it up on an externally hosted system if done today....read full entry...
  • Affinity strings, personalization and recommendationJanuary 11, 2009I heard about 'affinity strings' on a visit to Minnesota some time ago. I was pleased to see that they have written up what they are doing in the recent issue of The Code4Lib Journal: The University of Minnesota Libraries have created a MyLibrary portal, with databases and e-journals targeted...read full entry...
  • QOTD: News futures and brands of oneJanuary 11, 2009Michael Hirschorn speculates about the future of the New York Times in The Atlantic. Update: Perhaps the introduction of Bono as an occasional NYT op ed writer is a sign of things to come. The Guardian news blog summarises responses to Bono as a journalist. I like the phrase "brands...read full entry...
  • Bibliotherapy at the School of LifeJanuary 09, 2009If you visit the School of Life, you might stay a while; its tagline is "ideas to live by". Useful services include sermons you can listen to and experts you can talk to on the big questions of life. What was really interesting were the Bibliotherapy services. Unfortunately, we didn't...read full entry...
  • Always on: libraries in a world of permanent connectivityJanuary 07, 2009The January issue of First Monday has appeared and I am pleased to have an article in it about libraries and mobile communications. Here is the abstract: Mobile communication has been more widely adopted more quickly than any other technology ever (Castells, et al., 2007). It represents a diffusion of...read full entry...
  • Holiday note 3: knitting a web presenceJanuary 01, 2009I find website appearance both more and less important, as I suggested in a post a couple of years ago (although it seems only like a couple of months ago ;-). Less important because I now experience many sites as part of the feed-based universe which makes up much of...read full entry...