April 2009 has 19 entries

  • Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet .....April 28, 2009I have just got the latest issue of one of my favorite publications, the London Review of Books, which has an article by one of my favorite critics, Frank Kermode, on one of my favorite writers, Jane Austen. I paused over the following sentence and admired how he kept it...read full entry...
  • Metasearch reduxApril 28, 2009Here is something I said about metasearch in these pages some time ago .... The issue is that libraries have to manage a range of database resources whose legacy technical and business boundaries do not very well map user preferences or behaviors. The approach has been to try to move...read full entry...
  • Books in the humanitiesApril 27, 2009In the context of recent discussion of monograph publishing in the humanities I was interested to read this recommendation in Marc Taylor's NYT op-ed this morning. It is a critique of graduate education ..... 4. Transform the traditional dissertation. In the arts and humanities, where looming cutbacks will be most...read full entry...
  • QOTD: books: the last frontier for adsApril 25, 2009Fintan O'Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses .... PICTURE THIS. You read "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of...read full entry...
  • Web scale library management servicesApril 23, 2009OCLC has just released a press-release about its Web scale library management services. For some context see Andrew's note: OCLC is extending the WorldCat Local platform to include circulation and delivery, print and electronic acquisitions, and license management components. A quick start version of WorldCat Local--available at no additional charge...read full entry...
  • Larkin, work and librariesApril 23, 2009Philip Larkin on being a librarian .... "I hate work. Libraries are a quite pleasant way of earning a living. Dismal prospects though! Jobs connected with books like publishing are not good for creative writing. That's why libraries, all technical and administration, are so good." [Larkin's first interview John Shakespeare...read full entry...
  • Library and archives - visibleApril 22, 2009We were in Nashville for a couple of days over the Easter period. Doing the tourist thing, we spent a couple of hours in the Country music hall of fame and museum. I was very interested to see at the center of the building, though glass panels, the Frist Library...read full entry...
  • E-journal impact .... April 21, 2009The Research Information Network in the UK has released a report about the impact of e-journals ... 'E-journals: their use, value and impact' takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make...read full entry...
  • QOTD: library catalogs and usersApril 21, 2009Karen Calhoun and other colleagues have produced a report on catalog data from user and library points of view. The findings suggest two traditions of information organization at work--one from librarianship and the other from the Web. Librarians' perspectives about data quality remain highly influenced by their profession's classical principles...read full entry...
  • Articles on structured data: matching, mining and mixingApril 19, 2009The current issue of Library Resources and Technical Services (not on the web) has a couple of interesting articles which touch on the complications of processing inconsistent data. Creating organization name authority within an ERM system Kristen Blake and Jackquie Samples LRTS 53(2) April 2009 p 94-107 This article looks...read full entry...
  • National libraries on YouTube April 19, 2009While looking at the Library of Congress presence on YouTube the other day, I was curious about other national library presences. A very quick search for national library 'channels' revealed the following ... The European Library The National Library Board of Singapore The National Library of Wales The National library...read full entry...
  • Partial receptionApril 17, 2009As participation in social networking services grows, information about peoples' interests or activities is variably diffused through organizations based on selective affiliations between colleagues. Now, this was always the case and information flow in organizations has been studied in various ways. However, participation in social networks accelerates and potentially reconfigures...read full entry...
  • QOTD: therapeutic value of objectsApril 11, 2009A project looking at the use of 'heritage' materials in hospital contexts caught my eye ... Working with Guy Noble, UCL Hospitals (UCLH)'s Art Curator, as well as the British Museum, Oxford University Museums Service, Reading Museums Service, Islington Education Library Service and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, their...read full entry...
  • Snap and go catalogueApril 10, 2009Several things about catalogs, mobile apps, and pictures .... Just after doing the entry on the photo feature in the Amazon Blackberry app, I was looking at the catalogue at the University of Bath (where I worked for many years) and saw that they were using QR codes. From a...read full entry...
  • Amazon remembersApril 09, 2009I noticed this feature on the page for the Amazon Blackberry App. I haven't yet tried the app or seen the feature working so I do not know how well it works. Perhaps we need an application which allows you to take a picture of a book cover and find...read full entry...
  • "Harvesting intentionality"April 09, 2009Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun used the phrase "harvesting intentionality" in a blog post recently. Discovering Intent Now, why is the search business so valuable? Because it's an exceptionally efficient means of harvesting intentionality - if a consumer is searching for "flights to Cairo," the odds are good she's in...read full entry...
  • Network managementApril 06, 2009Gary Hamel, management guru, has a couple of posts about about management in the network age. On the web, he says, authority trickles up, not down. The first, on a WSJ blog is called 'The Facebook generation vs the Fortune 500', and in it he discusses the expectations of Generation...read full entry...
  • Virtual International Authority FileApril 03, 2009Thom discusses the updated viaf.org site ... The VIAF site has recently had a major overhaul. What you now search are records created from a merge of matching source authority records. Within this record you can see what source records were used to create it, along with cross references and...read full entry...
  • Slowing down for a while ..April 02, 2009Blogging has been a little thin of late as I have been traveling and I have a couple of writing commitments which require my spare attention. The latter means that I will be posting less frequently here for a while ......read full entry...