September 2010 has 6 entries

  • Sorting out demand again ....September 26, 2010Ask.com announced the demise of Bloglines a while ago. From October 1st the service will no longer exist. The rationale was twofold: first they wanted to focus on their core business, and second they described how the environment had changed .... A little perspective: when we originally acquired Bloglines in...read full entry...
  • Library literature again ... September 26, 2010First a mention of two recent articles .... Rick Anderson has a very nice piece in Educause Review about budgets, libraries and scholarly publishers. It is an interesting reflection on systemic change, always difficult to manage as it involves reconsidering why things are done as well as how they are...read full entry...
  • The idea of FRBR ...September 19, 2010Not having a copy of The Idea of a university to hand, I was looking in Google Book Search and Amazon earlier. Newman is in the news (here is the Wall Street Journal), and I was curious to have a quick look. Sad to say, I even did a search...read full entry...
  • Brutalist architecture and librariesSeptember 19, 2010I was talking to Carole Moore, Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries, recently about Robarts Library, described by Wikipedia as one of "the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America". Curious, I followed the Wikipedia link to brutalist architecture. I was interested to find several libraries...read full entry...
  • Emerging network level management of the collective print collectionSeptember 12, 2010One of the recurrent themes in these pages is that systemwide coordination of print materials is necessary as libraries begin to retire collections - to offsite storage or removing them altogether. There are various drivers here: the demands on space, the emergence of a digital corpus, the cost of managing...read full entry...
  • Information management on campus: CRIS, IR, CERIF, CRM, PIPALSeptember 05, 2010One of the consequences of our network world is that more and more activities are 'informationalized': they generate data and the management of data is an important part of their operation. We will increasingly see applications which want to mix information about researchers and publications with information about projects, organizations,...read full entry...