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Library logistics (again)

I have suggested in these pages that logistics is a central part of what we do. Logistics is about moving information, materials and services through a network cost-effectively. Resource sharing is supported by a library logistics apparatus. The emerging e-resource discovery to delivery chain, tied together with resolution services, is a logistics challenge. Many of … Continue reading Library logistics (again)

Libraries, maps and platforms

Thom previews Mike Teets’ library mapping demo on the evolving Product works page. This page will be enhanced in coming weeks to showcase various of the ongoing initiatives which will find their way into OCLC services. Google Maps seems to have sparked a growing interest in location-based services, partly because it has opened its interface … Continue reading Libraries, maps and platforms

In the flow

Workflow is important. We often think of the network as multiple individual opportunities: a mass of websites. However, just as we increasingly work, learn, research, and play in a network environment, so will services evolve to reduce effort and improve effectiveness. These services will support flow construction and resource integration – tying together tasks and … Continue reading In the flow

All that is solid melts into flows ….

Like most people ;-), I tend to think about metadata as ‘schematized statements about resources’: schematized because machine understandable; statements because they involve a claim about the resource by a particular agent; resource because any identifiable object may have metadata associated with it. Metadata is useful because it relieves a potential user (person or program) … Continue reading All that is solid melts into flows ….

The user interface that isn’t

Increasingly we need to think about library services in the context of the full web of user experience. This is easy to say, but it is rather more difficult to tease out what it means. One way to think about it is to think about some of the characteristics of the major web presences which … Continue reading The user interface that isn’t

Recombinance all the way up … remixing all the way down

I have been using recombinance quite a lot in the last year or two to talk about how network flow affects structures. You can tell that I am generationally challenged: I should be saying remixing, which is cropping up in places in the same sense. This is happening to structures at all levels. Here is … Continue reading Recombinance all the way up … remixing all the way down

Just how simple?

So, thinking about some recent posts …. In the Bosworth presentation [ppt] mentioned below, the following desirable attributes of a ‘web of data’ are proposed: simple, standard, sloppy, and scalable. This is based on his view of what has made the web successful. Constrain choices and keep it simple. As the library community re-engineers itself … Continue reading Just how simple?

Metasearch, google and the rest

How quickly things can change! Last year there were discussions about the Google-busting potential of metasearch. How naive. This year there are discussions about the metasearch-busting potential of Google Scholar. Let us wait and see. Clearly there are various issues with metasearch: the variety of data and interfaces that has to be managed means that … Continue reading Metasearch, google and the rest

The integrated library system that isn’t

One can read the phrase Integrated Library System (ILS) in two ways: as a system for the integrated library, or as an integrated system for the library. Although the latter is what was probably meant by the term, neither is an accurate description of what the ILS has become. In fact, it is a misleading … Continue reading The integrated library system that isn’t

Making data work harder

As more activities move into a network space so more areas of our life are shedding data. This data is increasingly being mined for intelligence which drives services. And with data, quantity, as they say, has a quality all of its own. A major attribute of both Google and Amazon is how they squeeze as … Continue reading Making data work harder