Analytics and Measurement

Emerging network level management of the collective print collection

One 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 a resource that releases progressively … Continue reading Emerging network level management of the collective print collection

Information management on campus: CRIS, IR, CERIF, CRM, PIPAL

One 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, and so on. This prompts … Continue reading Information management on campus: CRIS, IR, CERIF, CRM, PIPAL

Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

[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 thinking about the exercise, it … Continue reading Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

Navigation structure: web sitings …

The 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 of a couple of websites … Continue reading Navigation structure: web sitings …

Research analytics

Analytics is big business. Organizations are increasingly turning to the analysis of transactional and other data to inform decision-making. Websites are refined based on analysis of traffic. Companies may use analytics to optimize inventory. And so on. I was struck by the parallel with business analytics when reading some brochures about Elsevier’s SciVal. These were … Continue reading Research analytics

Patterns of publication and library collections as measure of technology shifts?

We were pleased to welcome Dr Michelle Alexopoulos from the University of Toronto to OCLC last week. Michelle is an economist whose recent research has focused on creating and analyzing new measures of technical change for developed economies. The abstract of her talk gives a flavor of some of this work, and why it was … Continue reading Patterns of publication and library collections as measure of technology shifts?

Reconfigurations

Readers will have noted recently that I have been interested in reputation management and impact, and in how libraries may support institutional goals in these areas. In this context I was interested to read the following in a thoughtful reflection on future directions for research libraries by Susan Gibbons: Another shift in technical service in … Continue reading Reconfigurations

Reputational survey

As university rankings attract more attention and as national/regional policy discussions continue about whether and how to concentrate research excellence, Thompson Reuters have provided a little more detail about their plans to work with Times Higher Education to develop their own framework to support university profiling and ranking. Our aim with the Global Institutional Profiles … Continue reading Reputational survey

Where are the numbers? The impact of the economic recession on university library and IT services

‘The impact of the economic recession on university library and IT services’ [pdf] is a report by market research company Ipsos Mori for several UK higher education organizations. A summary and a briefing paper are also available. It documents possible approaches to cost saving based on interviews with librarians and directors of ICT services. I … Continue reading Where are the numbers? The impact of the economic recession on university library and IT services

Institutional researcher pages: an example

I have written a couple of times recently (here and here) about institutional and indvidual reputation management. Think, for example, of faculty profiles: the managed disclosure of expertise and research activity. This has often been an informal personal or departmental activity. However, there is now a variety of institutional initiatives which may pull together data … Continue reading Institutional researcher pages: an example