February 2009 has 19 entries

  • How many friends have you got?February 28, 2009The Economist has an article about social networks in the current issue. It introduces the Dunbar Number, the number of people we can comfortably network with. This turns out to be 150. Dr Marlow, Facebook's 'inhouse sociologist' found that the average Facebook user has 120 friends, although the range is...read full entry...
  • Indiana tags, books, cloudFebruary 27, 2009Indiana University Bloomington Libraries has a nicely produced Annual Report on the web. We are growing used to seeing tag clouds used in various contexts. I was interested to see this page in the report ..... The report focuses emphasizes change, asking in its title "when does change become transformational?"....read full entry...
  • Copyright evidence registryFebruary 26, 2009I was talking to my colleague Bill Carney earlier, who manages the Copyright Evidence Registry initiative, as well as our work to synchronize Worldcat with Google and other digitization initiatives. OCLC has launched a pilot to explore the feasibility of building a cooperatively created and maintained repository of copyright evidence....read full entry...
  • Assisted thinking ..... and assisted reading February 21, 2009As we are in a period which encourages sustained reflection on direction, structure, and value it is not surprising to see an upsurge in the volume of 'assisted thinking' that is now available ... In a US context, CLIR, Ithaka, ARL and other organizations regularly release weighty reports. And, yes,...read full entry...
  • Decentering and recentering: the TV/PC and the networkFebruary 21, 2009A couple of interesting articles on how the network is changing patterns of media consumption appear back-to-back in the current issue of The Atlantic. They prompt an observation about networking and the home. Here is James Parker on the phenomenon that is Guitar Hero and Rock Band: Both franchises, however,...read full entry...
  • Books about universitiesFebruary 16, 2009Many of the pages in Worldcat Identities are for corporate authors, Ohio State University, for example. It is interesting in these cases to see what the most widely held items about the institution in question are. Here are some examples from universities ..... So, the list of most widely held...read full entry...
  • M-libraries in VancouverFebruary 15, 2009I am looking forward to attending the second M-Libraries Conference in Vancouver in June. The programme has now appeared and the conference is open for registration. Although mobile communications raise specific questions, more generally it represents the further diffusion of computational and networking capacity through our lives. I have quoted...read full entry...
  • Libraries and cultural resources at the University of CalgaryFebruary 15, 2009Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and University Librarian, University of Calgary, visitied us last week together with several colleagues. He spoke about their ambitious plans for the new Taylor Family Digital Library. It was especially interesting to hear about the organizational structure within Libraries and Cultural Resources,...read full entry...
  • Recording and disclosing print archiving commitmentsFebruary 15, 2009My colleague Constrance Malpas is inviting comments on the use of MARC Field 583 "to record and effectively disclose local print archiving commitments so that libraries might better judge the relative risk of local de-duplication efforts or, conversely, where maximum preservation benefit might be gained through a distributed archiving effort"....read full entry...
  • The centrality of the catalog?February 13, 2009In listening to discussions about the library catalog, I am surprised not to hear more about how the type of library affects our assessment of how central the catalog is to library services or user behaviors. For simplicity sake, think reductively of three categories of library material: bought, licensed and...read full entry...
  • More on repositories and search enginesFebruary 11, 2009I referenced a note by Andy Powell on institutional repositories and Google in an earlier post. Herbert Van de Sompel left a comment pointing to a short document he has prepared addressing some of Andy's concerns based on recent work with OAI-ORE. Here are a couple of the opening paragraphs...read full entry...
  • QOTD: "the occasional young adult Christmas paranormal love story mystery"February 10, 2009The Public Lending Right is a mechanism for distributing funds to authors based on circulation of their books in UK public libraries. It provides an interesting measure of popularity. The PLR has just released the list [pdf] of the highest circulating authors in 2007/2008. James Patterson is now the most...read full entry...
  • SEI - search engine interoperabilityFebruary 10, 2009I have used the phrase search engine interoperability in these pages a couple of times. This is a play on search engine optimization, which some do not like (although I think we should not avoid using a standard industry term). We value interoperability in libraries, and I think that a...read full entry...
  • Configuration of data curation infrastructureFebruary 09, 2009Further to my remarks about Canadian research data curation of the other day, I was interested to read the following from Chris Rusbridge of the Data Curation Centre. It is clear that a national research data infrastructure is needed, but there are problems with all of the approaches taken so...read full entry...
  • Name authorities, crowdsourcing, and Máire Mhac an tSaoiFebruary 04, 2009I was sad to read of the death of Conor Cruise O'Brien [Wikipedia, Worldcat Identity] before Christmas. See the obituary in The Times and John Naughton's note for context. O'Brien was the husband of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, noted scholar, writer and poet in the Irish language. Mhac an tSaoi...read full entry...
  • A signed network presence: people as entry points againFebruary 04, 2009The phrase 'people are entry points' has stayed in my mind since I heard Dan Chudnov use it at a meeting a while ago. It tends to occur to me also when I read, as I just have, documents which talk about 'providers' and 'users' of information, as in many...read full entry...
  • Looking at DarwinFebruary 02, 2009I was interested to look at Charles Darwin's Worldcat Identity given his bicentenary next week. The event is being widely marked and there is a long list of celebratory activities at Darwin Online, the site of his digitized papers. The year 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of...read full entry...
  • Research data set managementFebruary 02, 2009Via Pam Bjornson, Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group, I learn of a report from Research Data Canada: Stewardship of research data in Canada: a gap analysis [pdf]. The method is interesting: This report provides a statement of the ideal state of research data stewardship in Canada and a description...read full entry...
  • Become a librarian - shortcutFebruary 01, 2009I signed up to GoodReads earlier today to see what it was like. I entered a few books and was interested to try combining some editions. I got this message ... I thought this was an interesting choice of words. What can a librarian do? Goodreads members with Librarian Status...read full entry...