Libraries - systems and technologies

Reading lists, citation management and bibliographic tissue

Here is something I wrote a couple of years ago under the title Personal reference collections as digital libraries. A little updating of examples and I think it still holds: We will see much more activity connecting user environments and bibliographic resources. I am thinking of citation managers, reading lists, social bookmarking sites (see citulike … Continue reading Reading lists, citation management and bibliographic tissue

QR codes again …

Andy Walsh of the University of Huddersfield gave a very nice presentation on QR Codes at the recent EMTACL10 conference at NTNU in Trondheim. I particularly liked his introduction in which he provided some motivating context for his work. He noted that as library spaces became places for social activity, their specifically informational dimension was … Continue reading QR codes again …

Data wells: one big index

I was interested to hear the concept of a ‘data well’ discussed when I was in Sweden the other week. It seems to be used in the sense of an infrastructure to ingest, normalise and provide integrated access to multiple streams of data. In this way, library services can be built on a consolidated data … Continue reading Data wells: one big index

QOTD: a new Alexandria

An interesting article – Toward a new Alexandria: imagining the future of libraries – by Lisbet Rausing has just appeared in The New Republic. It discusses the continuity of the scholarly record in a richly allusive text. I sensed three strands. First, the scholarly record is evermore diffused through media and formats, embracing source materials, … Continue reading QOTD: a new Alexandria

Ting: collaboratively sourced library infrastructure

Ting is an initiative which is creating a shared systems and data infrastructure for Danish public libraries – and potentially others. At its heart is a ‘data well’, an enriched aggregate of data (see a list of data sources here). Another important component is Ding, a Drupal-based content management system for presenting library resources. Libraries … Continue reading Ting: collaboratively sourced library infrastructure

Bruges Public Library catalogue

Prompted by a recent entry, I got a note from Koen Calis, Librarian Bruges Public Library, about their catalogue, Cabrio. Here is quite a full presentation which covers a range of interesting feature: Cabriology The Bruges Aquabrowser Experience View more presentations from Koen Calis. I was interested in their adaptation of my colleague Robin Murray’s … Continue reading Bruges Public Library catalogue

Community bibliography

I prefer ‘crowdsourced’ to ‘user contributed’ but neither works very well for me. In particular ‘user contributed’ does not seem a good term at all for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I was looking at the new catalogue at Ottawa Public Library powered by Bibliocommons earlier (following a mention by Stephen Abram). There is much … Continue reading Community bibliography

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

Discoverability .. a report that’s worth a look

We are awash in assisted thinking, as I may have remarked. One document that is worth a look is Discoverability produced earlier this year by a team at the University of Minnesota. In October 2008, the Web Services Steering Committee at the University of Minnesota Libraries created the Discoverability exploratory subgroup, charged to recommend ways … Continue reading Discoverability .. a report that’s worth a look

The library website: a unified service?

I mentioned the reworked University of Michigan Libraries website a while ago. Although it is still a layer over various other resources, I liked the way that the site aimed to project the library on the web as a unified service not as a set of unrelated opportunities. This extended to the way that links … Continue reading The library website: a unified service?