August 2010 has 12 entries

  • The network reconfigures library space ... mobile reduxAugust 31, 2010So taken was I by William J Mitchell's comments on the impact of the network and mobile communications on space that I have quoted it here a couple of times already ;-) Here it is ... The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places for functions such...read full entry...
  • Blogging againAugust 29, 2010Even if some heat has gone out of the library blogosphere, there is still a fair amount of reading and writing going on. I was asked recently what I tended to look at, going beyond the well-known bigger names. Here are some of the blogs that came to mind -...read full entry...
  • A web-siting: NCSU Libraries reduxAugust 27, 2010Susan Rector from NCSU Libraries left a nice note on my entry about library websites. She pointed at some discussion of the redesign on their libraries blog. I was particularly interested to read about their objectives with the new site: Streamline access to search functions and core user tasks Provide...read full entry...
  • 3 stages of library websites ...August 22, 2010While writing about subject pages and library websites the other day, it occurred to me that we might think of library websites in three stages - which emerged successively and continue to exist together. Always mindful of the rule of three ;-) We might clumsily call these stages: [1] fragmentary,...read full entry...
  • Resource/course guides and content managementAugust 19, 2010I have mentioned Libguides a couple of times, which seem to be quite widely used. I have been interested recently to come across some other initiatives which aim to organize subject- or course-based library resources within a consistent content management environment which reduces custom effort. I enjoyed listening to Allie...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Information environments ... August 16, 2010'Information environment' is a vague term, vague enough to be usable in a variety of contexts. For me, as I worked for JISC before coming to OCLC, it will always be associated with the JISC agenda to advance an integrated network of information resources in support of UK research and...read full entry...
  • Curating the web ...August 15, 2010A couple of recent events interestingly relate ... First, I read in Search Engine Land of the resignation from Yahoo of Srinija Srinivasan. Srinavasan was once arguably "the most powerful person in search" writes Danny Sullivan. This was when "humans edited the web" and Yahoo emerged as its central directory....read full entry...
  • QR Codes and exhibitionsAugust 15, 2010We spend some time in the very congenial Dayton Art Institute this afternoon. We wandered around the Modern Masters exhibition (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum). I was interested to see the QR codes by the pictures. Here is a somewhat fuzzy picture taken by my son on his phone:...read full entry...
  • Sorting out demand ... Top tech trend 3August 08, 2010[This is 3. Here is 1 and 2.] I 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...read full entry...
  • Recommendation and Ranganathan - retreadAugust 08, 2010[I have been quoting the distinction made by Gavin Potter, a participant in the Netflix competition, about how our emphasis is shifting from sorting out supply to sorting out demand. I thought it might be useful to re-present this entry, the one where I first noted the distinction. I could...read full entry...
  • QOTD: ways of seeing: a coverAugust 08, 2010In an interesting blog post on the changing nature of the book cover in a digital environment, James Bridle compares the covers of the much-discussed Odyssey Editions with the famous Ways of Seeing cover. The covers are typographic, and hark back in particular to the famous Pelican cover for John...read full entry...
  • Navigation structure: web sitings ...August 03, 2010The following graphic was noted in a variety of places recently. It clearly struck a chord! My own bugbear on library websites is physical address (I sometimes want to know where the library is) and director or staff contacts (which are sometimes really quite hard to find!). This reminded me...read full entry...