Libraries - distributed environments

A single business system environment redux

The new prototype discovery service from the National Library of Australia caused a ripple of interest the other week when it was released. One reason for the interest is that it brings together access to a range of NLA resources (Picture Australia, Libraries Australia, and Pandora, among others) as well as to external resources (Oaister, … Continue reading A single business system environment redux

National libraries on YouTube

While looking at the Library of Congress presence on YouTube the other day, I was curious about other national library presences. A very quick search for national library ‘channels’ revealed the following … The European Library The National Library Board of Singapore The National Library of Wales The National library of NZ The National Library … Continue reading National libraries on YouTube

Tile and organizational evolution

A set of documents from the TILE project has appeared. TILE continues the work that was done by this group on the ILS last year. It extends this work by looking at library systems and services in broader contexts. In particular it looks at the library in the context of Web 2.0 and of service … Continue reading Tile and organizational evolution

More on repositories and search engines

I referenced a note by Andy Powell on institutional repositories and Google in an earlier post. Herbert Van de Sompel left a comment pointing to a short document he has prepared addressing some of Andy’s concerns based on recent work with OAI-ORE. Here are a couple of the opening paragraphs …. This write-up is an … Continue reading More on repositories and search engines

SEI – search engine interoperability

I have used the phrase search engine interoperability in these pages a couple of times. This is a play on search engine optimization, which some do not like (although I think we should not avoid using a standard industry term). We value interoperability in libraries, and I think that a large part of SEO is, … Continue reading SEI – search engine interoperability

Criss cross catalogs

It is interesting to look at the variety of ways in which newer catalog/discovery layer deployments are linking to third party services. The list of VuFind implementations on their ‘about‘ page provides a good sample. There is some variety within the overall VuFind pattern. Here is an example from a result for an edition of … Continue reading Criss cross catalogs

djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-J

djatoka, “A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server” developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, was released recently. An article in D-Lib Magazine by Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel introduces it. A particular feature of the approach is its use of the OpenURL as enabling infrastructure: When it comes to … Continue reading djatoka, OpenURL and OOMRef-J

Stitching costs

We are familiar with switching costs, the costs of changing a supplier. I may decide not to change my phone or email arrangements, for example, because I do not want to incur the effort of notifying all my contacts. Libraries are very familiar with switching costs given the range of data migration issues involved in … Continue reading Stitching costs

Worldcat on iPhone

Several colleagues have commented on the view of Worldcat optimized for the iPhone/iTouch created by our colleague Bruce Washburn. It is a nice use of the Worldcat Search API and it pulls data from Worldcat and Worldcat Identities. As I don’t have a Safari browser or an iPhone to hand, I am cheating by showing … Continue reading Worldcat on iPhone


Check out the Hackathon being sponsored by the OCLC Developers’ Network and NYPL Labs …. It is on Nov 7-8 in New York. Join fellow coders, hackers and tech-enthusiasts for a two-day WorldCat Hackathon at the New York Public Library. Sponsored by the OCLC Developer’s Network and NYPL Labs of The New York Public Library, … Continue reading Hackathon