June 2010 has 13 entries

  • Mobile .. Top Tech Trends 1June 29, 2010I was pleased to participate in LITA's Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it seemed to me...read full entry...
  • Beyond records .. genresJune 26, 2010We tend to have a very record-based view of bibliographic systems. Searches in a resource result in lists of record-based displays for items. All fields may not be indexed. This means that the data works less hard than it might, given the variety of ways in which it could be...read full entry...
  • The cloud is currently a question, not an answerJune 23, 2010I will be on the LITA Top Technology Trends panel on Sunday. I have yet to finalize my thoughts, but I am sure that mobile and cloud will figure. We are increasingly familiar with the twin discussions about mobilization and the cloud, and about how each trend supports the other....read full entry...
  • More reading ... June 21, 2010Here are some recent reports/papers produced by OCLC Research or in which we have been involved ... Kroll, Susan, and Rick Forsman. 2010. A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States. Report commissioned by OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership. Published online at:...read full entry...
  • Distinctive impact and specializationJune 21, 2010In the print era, the cost of interacting with multiple information sources was high so there were incentives for newspapers to present a complete view of news, entertainment, local affairs, and so on, to local audiences. In the network environment, that cost goes down and there is an incentive to...read full entry...
  • A nice dedication to librarians by Rick RiordanJune 20, 2010We downloaded Rick Riordan's latest novel, The Red Pyramid, to my son's iPod Touch this afternoon. As he began to read, he came across this nice dedication: To all my librarian friends, champions of books, true magicians in the House of Life. Without you, this writer would be lost in...read full entry...
  • Music: Marcus, Morrison, Mumford, and CarrJune 20, 2010I recently read Greil Marcus's book on Van Morrison. While I have most of the Morrison oeuvre on some form of physical medium it was useful to be able to refer to my aggregate digital collection, and to the Zune marketplace and iTunes Store as backup. I could quickly look...read full entry...
  • We're not going anywhere .... OK, we lied ...June 14, 2010Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic - When the books leave the building - reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting...read full entry...
  • Indirect discoveryJune 13, 2010I have found that the phrase Discovery happens elsewhere has quite a bit of resonance in discussion. Increasingly people discover websites, or encounter content from them, in a variety of places. Most clearly, this happens through network-level services like Google or Twitter, but also happens in personal services (my RSS...read full entry...
  • 3 switchesJune 13, 2010I have been using these three 'switches' as contextual background in presentations for a while: Consumer switch Then: More investment in business/education environments. Now: More investment in consumer environments. It used to be the case that the computer and communications capacities we had at work or in college exceeded those...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Marcus and Morrison June 06, 2010Greil Marcus finished an article about the reception of his recent book on Van Morrison with this lovely quote: Not all the stories people tell about Morrison, though, are stories of conflict, confusion, resentment, or regret. "I was talking to my father today," a woman in Portland said. "He asked...read full entry...
  • Outside-in and inside-out reduxJune 06, 2010I have been using this phrase, outside-in and inside-out, to discuss a contrast in information management practices that is becoming more important. Here is how I spoke about it a little while ago in these pages: Think, for example, of a distinction between outside-in resources, where the library is buying...read full entry...
  • More on VuFindJune 06, 2010I wrote an entry on yufind the other day, noting its use of xISBN to cluster editions in results. yufind is an implementation of VuFind. Here is another example of the clustering: Villanova. As Till Kinstler points out in a comment, and as William Denton notes in a discussion of...read full entry...