March 2010 has 10 entries

  • A web-siting at The University of RochesterMarch 28, 2010I was struck by several things on the home page of The River Campus Libraries of the University of Rochester One was the cover flow display of a small selection of new books. It may not provide a very full experience but it is a nice hook and links to...read full entry...
  • More cover notes ...March 28, 2010One of three ... There was a well publicized spat between Anna Ford and Martin Amis which included some discussion of the latter's behavior at the deathbed of the former's husband, Mark Boxer. Coincidentally, somebody asked me last week if I had read any of the books in the A...read full entry...
  • Lam-inating libraries ....March 28, 2010The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research. However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives. As...read full entry...
  • Institutional sourcing ...March 28, 2010There was a nice press release last week about the digitization of a Chaucer manuscript at Petworth House by staff from The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library. I was interested to see the notes about the role of the library: It is part of a 18-month project - funded...read full entry...
  • Data wells: one big indexMarch 14, 2010I was interested to hear the concept of a 'data well' discussed when I was in Sweden the other week. It seems to be used in the sense of an infrastructure to ingest, normalise and provide integrated access to multiple streams of data. In this way, library services can be...read full entry...
  • Dublin core: the first fifteen years ...March 14, 2010The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative celebrated fifteen years of existence on March 1st. The initiative began at a workshop in Dublin, Ohio, jointly organized by OCLC and NCSA. The second workshop inaugurated the series which has continued to this day morphing into the annual conference along the way. It was...read full entry...
  • QOTD: a new AlexandriaMarch 14, 2010An interesting article - Toward a new Alexandria: imagining the future of libraries - by Lisbet Rausing has just appeared in The New Republic. It discusses the continuity of the scholarly record in a richly allusive text. I sensed three strands. First, the scholarly record is evermore diffused through media...read full entry...
  • Ting: collaboratively sourced library infrastructureMarch 07, 2010Ting is an initiative which is creating a shared systems and data infrastructure for Danish public libraries - and potentially others. At its heart is a 'data well', an enriched aggregate of data (see a list of data sources here). Another important component is Ding, a Drupal-based content management system...read full entry...
  • Mission of the library reduxMarch 07, 2010I heard Anders Söderbäck of the Royal Library in Sweden speak in Lund last week on the perennial topic 'what is a library'. He reminded us of Daniel Dennett's remark: A scholar is just a library's way of making another library. This in turn reminded me of a post I...read full entry...
  • The context webMarch 07, 2010In preparing some recent presentations I have been talking about three primary ways of experiencing the web which emerged successively and continue to work together. Here I will call them the site-web, the search-web, and the context-web (alternatives might be site-centric, network-centric, and user-centric). Site-web. Our early experience of the...read full entry...