July 2009 has 10 entries

  • RachelJuly 29, 2009Andy Powell rang me a few days ago to tell me that our friend and former UKOLN colleague, Rachel Heery, had died. Although Rachel had been fighting cancer for a long time, I was shocked, as I had been speaking to her a few weeks before and she was in...read full entry...
  • Related searchesJuly 27, 2009Google has had some optional features for a while, although I have not seen much discussion of them. I don't know if this is because they are not being much used, or there is some other reason. Anyway, I was interested to try the related search earlier on my own...read full entry...
  • BloggingJuly 26, 2009[I am on vacation the latter couple of weeks in July, so not much blogging happening.] I was not registered for ALA at Chicago and only dipped in briefly to present on one panel. Afterwards, I continued congenial conversation in the bar in the Hilton, Kitty O'Shea's (see the entry...read full entry...
  • Library and beehive ...July 20, 2009JISC has produced a short video about the library of the future ... This is part of its Libraries of the Future initiative, and is about nine and a half minutes long. Two quick things. First, I wish that the card catalogue was not used so much as an image...read full entry...
  • Shifting the sourcing model July 19, 2009A recurrent theme of this blog has been that networking changes the way we think about organizational boundaries. So, we have seen a major shift to webscale which has reconfigured whole industries as well as individual organizations. Some obvious examples are the influence of Expedia/Orbitz/Travelocity on travel, Amazon on retail,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Seamus Heaney on lecturingJuly 18, 2009From Stepping Stones, a book-length collection of interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O'Driscoll. The thing I should say, however, is that I am always nervous before a lecture. Even in my fifties, in Harvard, if I had a lecture, I'd be up early to try to get it squared...read full entry...
  • A web-siting at the University of MichiganJuly 16, 2009I came across the University of Michigan beta library website the other day. I thought it was interesting what they had done. Its central part is organized around three areas: search, browse, and get help. News is prominent, alongside a 'feature'. I liked the way the search results were laid...read full entry...
  • Visible peopleJuly 07, 2009I continue to be amazed at how difficult it is to find the name or contact details of the library director on many library websites. And in some cases to find the names of other relevant library contacts. This is especially the case given the emphasis on the human touch...read full entry...
  • Ranking, rating and recommending July 05, 2009We are now accustomed to being able to rank or recommend on websites. More importantly, we are accustomed to seeing resources ranked, related or recommended. To the extent, I suggested in a recent talk, that when we don't see these features on a site it is as if as if...read full entry...
  • In English?July 02, 2009I thought I would post some numbers here which were prepared by my colleague Brian Lavoie for another purpose. The question was: how many of the books in US libraries are in English? First of all, what is a book? Deciding what a book is involves some choices (are theses...read full entry...