June 2009 has 11 entries

  • Augmenting June 29, 2009Layar created a ripple of interest a while ago. It is yet to be released. It is an application for Android based phones which will allow data from various partner resources to be 'layered' over the view through a camera phone. Partners discussed include banks (for ATMs), realtors, and a...read full entry...
  • Apple, netbooks and barcodesJune 26, 2009I traveled home from the 2nd M-Libraries Conference in UBC, Vancouver, yesterday. I was interested to come across several relevant news stories in the reading materials I had bought en route: The Globe and Mail, The Economist (last week's, as it turns out), and The Financial Times. This underlined the...read full entry...
  • User symposium presentationsJune 21, 2009The presentations from the 2009 RLG Partnership Annual Symposium: Hearing voices: connecting with users, enhancing services, are now available. Here is how the event was described .. User studies have become a critical component in developing and improving services in our institutions. However, investigations into the needs of users and...read full entry...
  • Border country: classifying across disciplinary boundariesJune 19, 2009Terry Eagleton said somewhere that Raymond Williams was a librarian's nightmare, meaning presumably that his work crossed academic boundaries and resisted easy classification. Let's have a look using the Classify prototype. The prototype provides access to more than 36 million WorldCat records that contain Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) numbers, Library...read full entry...
  • Reading books on the move ...June 16, 2009I have just read M-Libraries: Information use on the move: a report from the Arcadia Programme [pdf] by Keren Mills. It provides an overview of recent trends in 'mobilized' library services, library services which use mobile communications. It reports the results of a survey of library users about their preferences...read full entry...
  • An identity incompletely centered ..June 14, 2009The Facebook username landgrab created a flurry of excitement over the weekend. Individuals 'claimed' their piece of network real estate in the form of a Facebook URL, and organizations had an opportunity to protect registered marks. I am now http://www.facebook.com/lorcand which chimes with my recently established Twitter presence http://www.twitter.com/lorcand I...read full entry...
  • Data flows in the book worldJune 14, 2009One of the recommendations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control was that ways should be found of harnessing publisher data upstream of the cataloging process. The rationale was that this would make data about materials available earlier and reduce overall creation effort. OCLC...read full entry...
  • Sharing usability resultsJune 10, 2009I was interested to see that MIT Libraries have a public page with links to various usability results. I thought it was quite interesting, and that, while acknowledging some local flavor, it might be useful if more libraries shared results in this way. More generally, we know that there are...read full entry...
  • Libraries and catalogues: systemic attentionJune 05, 2009The Research Information Network in the UK has released a timely report: Creating catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world [Splash page; pdf]. It is concise and has a useful Summary and Key Findings section. I found it an interesting read, in no small part because it rehearses various key...read full entry...
  • Audience levelJune 05, 2009I have written about the Audience Level measure in these pages a few times. In this initiative we are using the pattern of holdings across different types of libraries (school, research, etc) to give a 'hint' about the level of interest of an item (juvenile, research/specialist, ...). You can read...read full entry...
  • Find on a plane ...June 04, 2009After many years of traveling without much incident I left a couple of things on planes recently. They never showed up, but It was a bit of a pain inquiring about them. It occurred to me that this was an application that lent itself to something of a crowdsourced approach,...read full entry...