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On the discrimination of curators and curations ….

As existing practices evolve and new ones emerge it often takes time for the way in which we talk about them to settle down. There may be some interim terminological confusion. This has happened in our world with ‘archive’ for example. We can also see this happen with curation/curation/curator. In recent conversations, it seems to … Continue reading On the discrimination of curators and curations ….

Untangling the library systems environment

NISO organized a meeting on library resource management a couple of weeks ago: I notice that the presentations are now available on the web. They make an interesting collection, and I return to them in a moment. I have written about the library systems environment in these pages from time to time. A blog entry … Continue reading Untangling the library systems environment

Community is the new content

We are now very used to interacting with resources in a social context. The application of community to content, in terms of discussion, recommendation, reviews, ratings and so on, is evident in many of the services we use, and in some form in most of the major network servies we use (Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, …). … Continue reading Community is the new content

Ebooks and/or digital books

I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: ‘ebooks’ and ‘digital books’ were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. ‘Not complete consistency’ was the answer, but there was certainly a … Continue reading Ebooks and/or digital books

Shifting the sourcing model

A recurrent theme of this blog has been that networking changes the way we think about organizational boundaries. So, we have seen a major shift to webscale which has reconfigured whole industries as well as individual organizations. Some obvious examples are the influence of Expedia/Orbitz/Travelocity on travel, Amazon on retail, Netflix on movie distribution, and … Continue reading Shifting the sourcing model

Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

The Research Information Network in the UK has released a timely report: Creating catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world [Splash page; pdf]. It is concise and has a useful Summary and Key Findings section. I found it an interesting read, in no small part because it rehearses various key themes of these pages. Critically, … Continue reading Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

Entrepreneurial skills are not given out with grant letters

Ithaka produced a report last year – Sustainability and revenue models for online academic resources PDF – for the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA), a UK collaboration of cultural and educational organizations. They followed up with a series of case studies (scroll down the list of SCA publications to the sustainability section) which were discussed at … Continue reading Entrepreneurial skills are not given out with grant letters

Always on: libraries in a world of permanent connectivity

The January issue of First Monday has appeared and I am pleased to have an article in it about libraries and mobile communications. Here is the abstract: Mobile communication has been more widely adopted more quickly than any other technology ever (Castells, et al., 2007). It represents a diffusion of communications and computational capacity into … Continue reading Always on: libraries in a world of permanent connectivity

The book and the cover up

I spent a couple of hours in Heffer’s in Cambridge a while ago. Turning a corner I was pleasantly surprised by a set of handsome books in fine covers especially set out for inspection. It turned out they were a special issue to mark the 30 year anniversary of the Virago Modern Classics. 2008 is … Continue reading The book and the cover up

Blogging and Montaigne: musing and raving, humours and conceits

I returned from my travels last night to find a new edition of the Atlantic waiting for me. It grabbed attention as it has been redesigned, and I liked the redesign. But also, my eye was caught by the title of Andrew Sullivan’s essay ‘Why I blog’. Sullivan’s whole essay could be quoted, but as … Continue reading Blogging and Montaigne: musing and raving, humours and conceits