March 2009 has 19 entries

  • What's on your mind ...March 31, 2009Ohio State, our neighbors to the South, have a nice tag cloud feature on their home page. I am not sure how they are generating it, but they have clouds based on the behavior of different classes of audience. Here are students ... Here are faculty/staff ... Update: I see...read full entry...
  • Book covers and the scholarly recordMarch 31, 2009There have been various discussions among research libraries recently about the management of the collective print collection as pressures on library space coincide with shifting research and learning behaviors in a network environment. This will create interesting questions about preserving the print scholarly record over the next few years: what...read full entry...
  • The intrusion of adsMarch 30, 2009We are now used to seeing ads on web pages, and it seems quite normal. In fact, occasionally, they are even interesting or useful. And Google is certainly working hard to make them even more so. Tom Wilson has published Information Research for many years ... Information Research, is an...read full entry...
  • The archived website as historical documentMarch 30, 2009Presentations from the JISC conference last week are now available on the website. I attended the session on web archiving and was struck by the presentation by Niels Br├╝gger (PDF of session here; he begins at page 64). Kevin Ashley's overview of institutional issues and Paul Cunnea's discussion of national...read full entry...
  • TwitterageMarch 29, 2009I spent much of last week in Edinburgh for the JISC Conference, of which maybe more later. JISC has a heavy communications component and strongly encourages 'amplification' of conference activity through blogging, Twitter, video streaming, and so on. This might be one reason that discussions about Twitter are what I...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Content economy and attention economyMarch 28, 2009We are catching up on the The Wire on NetFlix so I was interested to see these remarks on the newspaper industry by its creator, David Simon ... In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the award-winning writer and producer launches a tirade against newspaper owners who, he says, showed...read full entry...
  • Reading, Starbucks and imbricationMarch 19, 2009Jim has a very interesting account of a discussion at an AAAS panel about the future of the book, publishing and libraries over at HangingToghether. (It was part of a symposium on Information technology and the public good.) One note jumped out at me. He quotes Dan Clancy, of Google,...read full entry...
  • The Google research offerMarch 18, 2009I was interested to see this note on the home page of Google Book Search: It links through to a page of 'research tips' based on the use of Google Book Search. Can't remember where you found that quote? Did someone grab the last copy of the book you needed...read full entry...
  • QOTD - those library users!March 16, 2009From Derek Law: It is also something of a paradox that academic staff, who almost by definition work at the leading edge of their discipline and thrive on change are library and in many cases IT conservatives, seeking investment in back runs of journals and support for long since superseded...read full entry...
  • Convergence ...March 12, 2009I have been glancing through the contributions to HANSON, T. (2005). Managing academic support services in universities: the convergence experience. London, Facet. They examine convergence between libraries, IT and other support services in universities. This is a phenomenon more common in the UK than elsewhere: more than half of UK...read full entry...
  • Programmatically promoting dataMarch 11, 2009Several items have come over my desk (?) in the last few days which together point to the growing importance of techniques for programmatically promoting data from unstructured documents, including web pages. The Economist had a piece about Autonomy, the search sofware company a while ago. Yet the most important...read full entry...
  • Web-sightingsMarch 11, 2009A few features I noticed recently on library web-sites ... Oregon State University explicitly notes resources that are unique to the institution ... These include the University Press, the institutional repository, and a range of digitized materials from different collections. With the exception of the University Press, these are materials...read full entry...
  • Concentration and diffusion againMarch 08, 2009From the Financial Times: According to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, around 20 per cent of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies - he named Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. That is an amazing statistic, and...read full entry...
  • Needs, wants and expertiseMarch 06, 2009I came across Frank Kermode's 1995 obituary of JB Trapp, scholar and librarian of the Warburg Institute before becoming its director, recently, while looking for something else. I have bolded some phrases which seem to me to be a quite nice statement of purpose. The library of the institute, as...read full entry...
  • A multiscale catalogMarch 06, 2009From the Worldcat Local implementation at the University of Washington: The user can telescope between institution, consortium and Worldcat. I am not sure that 'telescope' is the right word here ;-) Aside: As we know we have different access models for stuff in journals and stuff normally found in the...read full entry...
  • Levels of amplificationMarch 05, 2009I was very aware of the UKRDS conference this week as it left many traces in my network environment. It discussed aspects of data curation and reuse in a national context. I was interested to see these three blog reports, covering the same event with very different levels of immediacy....read full entry...
  • Tile and organizational evolutionMarch 04, 2009A set of documents from the TILE project has appeared. TILE continues the work that was done by this group on the ILS last year. It extends this work by looking at library systems and services in broader contexts. In particular it looks at the library in the context of...read full entry...
  • One big index: Google Scholar in GoogleMarch 01, 2009Google Books results in searches on big Google are common (in my experience, anyway). I hadn't noticed before, however, what appear to be Google Scholar results mixed in. I am sure they have been there, I just haven't seen them. I still continue to be surprised when people talk about...read full entry...
  • A Columbus triangleMarch 01, 2009I appear to live near the middle of a triangle whose corners are the offices of LibLime, OCLC and OhioLINK ;-)...read full entry...