Libraries - organization and services

Bielefeld proceedings

The 7th International Bielefeld Conference: Proceedings have just been announced. Jay highlights the work of OR in his presentation. Roswitha Poll has an overview of a survey of users with some interesting results; the powerpoint gets in the way a little on this one. I thought that Hans Geleijnse’s concluding presentation [ppt] was a nice … Continue reading Bielefeld proceedings

Inside California Digital Library

The California Digital Library has a web page [Inside CDL] linking to its working documents. This provides an interesting insight into the shared collection development and technical issues facing a large group of research libraries working to build future infrastructure. Check out its project page for example: In partnership with the University of California libraries … Continue reading Inside California Digital Library

Trip report VALA conference Melbourne

I presented the closing keynote [ppt] at the recent VALA conference in Melbourne Australia [VALA2004 Conference Programme and Links to Papers]. (Added 13 March: just came across a trip report for the VALA conference by Steve Thomas, University of Adelaide.) Here are some brief notes about the meeting …

How good is the catalog?

Pretty interesting piece by a member of faculty in the history department at Swarthmore. I quote at length — follow the link for the full piece. Using our library’s catalogue, Tripod, I was both impressed at how generally strong our collection is for a small liberal-arts college (shared with Bryn Mawr and Haverford) and frustrated … Continue reading How good is the catalog?

XISBN experimental use

XISBN being used in UKOLN’s demonstrator OpenURL application. Andy Powell writes: This looks pretty interesting. It uses knowledge of WorldCat and the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model to work up from any given ISBN to the ‘work’, then back down to other ‘expressions’/’manifestations’ of the same work. I.e. give it an ISBN, … Continue reading XISBN experimental use


Announcing the availability of the resource below, The National Library of Ireland claims that genealogy is the most popular hobby in the US, and also that there are 40M people who claim Irish descent in the US. Certainly, serving this constituency is an important activity and revenue stream for the National Library. The best source … Continue reading Roots


The TEL project reports one of its main outcomes to be a “flexible systems architecture based on the SRU protocol”. They have also produced an interim report on metadata issues. One of the interesting things about TEL is their support for the idea of collection level description (CLD) as a form of ‘forward knowledge’ of … Continue reading TEL, SRU and CLD

Web services and Dialog

“The information industry is changing, and we are at the forefront of the transformation,” said Roy M. Martin, Jr., Dialog president and CEO. “Today, the imperative is to offer the tools necessary to integrate information into in-house networks and professional and consumer services on the open Web. We must reach professionals as part of their … Continue reading Web services and Dialog

Where the money is going

Academic libraries are funded to support the research and learning activities of their home institutions. As research and learning behaviors change so must they. A major issue for academic libraries in coming years is the increasing discrepancy between the needs of their faculty in science, technology and medicine and their ability to address such needs. … Continue reading Where the money is going

Dolorous Gorman

Students graduate from the successors to library schools without a basic education in the core skills that define an effective librarian – reference work, cataloguing, library instruction, collection development, etc. – and without a grounding in the basic values of our profession – service, intellectual freedom, stewardship, literacy, etc. This is a crisis that is … Continue reading Dolorous Gorman