Books, Movies and Reading

Roses are red …. the top love stories?

One of the nice things about WorldCat is that is has sufficient scale to be a good proxy for a large part of the scholarly and cultural record. The aggregate holdings of thousands of libraries contain not just books, but movies, music, and so on. It is not complete but it gives good results. In … Continue reading Roses are red …. the top love stories?

Names and identities: looking at Flann O’Brien

Names and identities are a major focus of interest for OCLC Research. I adapt this discussion of our work in this area from the recent OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights. We know very well that names are not always straightforward. Brian O’Nolan and Brian Ó Nualláin are the English and Irish versions, respectively, of the name … Continue reading Names and identities: looking at Flann O’Brien

Twit-therapy .. a quick note

I am reading Bedsit Disco Queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star, a memoir by Tracey Thorn. Here is a quick note to record what I thought was an interesting discussion about Twitter. Thorn writes about frustration with record company and producer, and goes on to say … If I … Continue reading Twit-therapy .. a quick note

A fragmented reading experience: locally and anecdotally speaking ..

In February 2011 I noted … A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. … In thinking about it, I realised that I only wanted to buy the experience not the physical item. My bag and our house is already cluttered enough. I wanted the few … Continue reading A fragmented reading experience: locally and anecdotally speaking ..

Books, artifactually and anecdotally speaking …

Anecdotally speaking ……. it seems to me that the artifactual and design elements of print books are coming more to the fore, albeit in different ways. As the use of ebooks grows this is not really surprising, as this change creates niche opportunities for experiences focused specifically on the possibilities of the print medium. Some … Continue reading Books, artifactually and anecdotally speaking …

Children’s Book Week …. Retread

[A discussion about children’s book Peepo! on Twitter prompt me to recycle this entry from 2006] To mark Children’s Book Week folks here at OCLC are talking about children’s books that mean something to them Here are two I like ….. The Wool-pack One of the first ‘long’ books I remember reading was The Wool-pack … Continue reading Children’s Book Week …. Retread

The power of pull redux .. with examples

I have written about the Power of Pull before, an interesting book by John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison. For a fuller discussion see the earlier blog entry (People are entry points too … redux). Here is a short version. The authors discuss the shift from managing ‘knowledge stocks’ to participating in ‘knowledge … Continue reading The power of pull redux .. with examples

Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. Before that, I would often come away with one from a trip to our local Border’s (sadly now closing) or sometimes buy a mystery novel in the airport (especially on the return trip when good intentions about working … Continue reading Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

Using Wikipedia

We still don’t appear to know what to make of Wikipedia. Consider these two cases. First, Edward Glaeser includes a reference to Wikipedia in the acknowledgements to his new book, Triumph of the city. Following common practices, Wikipedia is not listed in the bibliography or citations, because any Wikipedia fact was verified with a more … Continue reading Using Wikipedia

Books about universities … expansion

[This is a slightly expanded version of a blog post first published in February 2009. I was reminded of it in a discussion I had during the week with a colleague about publications about universities and thought I would bring it back.] Many of the pages in Worldcat Identities are for corporate authors, Ohio State … Continue reading Books about universities … expansion