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  • Systemwide organization - sourcing and scaling reduxFebruary 01, 2013 – Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms. Think of the close collaboration within the Orbis Cascade Alliance for example, where academic libraries in Washington and Oregon are moving to a shared systems infrastructure. Or think of the various initiatives looking...read full entry...
  • Making things of interest Discoverable, Referencable, Relatable, ...June 10, 2012 – I came across the Ernest Hemingway phrase 'gradually, then suddenly' in an online discussion recently. Here is the context on the useful Goodreads quotable quote page. It seemed a statement appropriate to our times, and especially apt to a recent phenomenon: the growing importance of large-scale knowledge bases which collect...read full entry...
  • Linking not typing ... knowledge organization at the network levelJanuary 01, 2012 – 'Knowledge organization' seems a slightly quaint term now, but we don't have a better in general use. Take the catalogue. This has been a knowledge organization tool. When an item is added, the goal is that it is related to the network of knowledge that is represented in the catalogue....read full entry...
  • Worldcat Identities Network: a 'mashup'July 30, 2011 – There has been some nice reaction to the Worldcat Identities Network. The initial motivation for this was to put a graphic display of related Identities into an Identities page. This did not work out and we decided to make it available as a standalone app. The aim is to show...read full entry...
  • Elected ...May 11, 2011 – I thought it would be nice to record that a couple of my colleagues had recently been elected to positions of note ... Jackie Dooley, Program Officer, has been elected Vice-President/President Elect for 2011/12 of the American Society of Archivists. This is really a wonderful tribute to Jackie's contribution over...read full entry...
  • The Collections shiftMarch 03, 2011 – A few things about library collection shifts came to my attention this week ... Taken together, they underline several central trends: the move to electronic, the managing down of print collections, and the curation of institutionally-generated learning and research resources. Rick Anderson has a typically pointed post about Cloud-sourcing Research...read full entry...
  • The library network and the scholarly recordFebruary 13, 2011 – The library community is a highly interconnected one. Networks are motivated both by library mission and effective management of resources. This trend will accelerate as the Internet favors shared services, and libraries will see more benefit in building such shared services. The Hathi Trust is an important example. The growth...read full entry...
  • Managing down collections ...January 21, 2011 – I was interested to read this from Karen Schneider a while ago: "Centralized mass storage for legacy print materials (paper-based books and journals) is by far the most under-observed trend in libraries today". I agree, with the friendly qualification that the trend is about managing the relationship between local, mass...read full entry...
  • Evolving research life ...October 17, 2010 – I was interviewed for the British Library's Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research exhibition, which opened last week. I have not seen the physical installation yet but there is an online presence. See the gallery of digital research initiatives they showcase, for example, or the network research tools. One theme...read full entry...
  • Books about universities ... expansionOctober 04, 2010 – [This is a slightly expanded version of a blog post first published in February 2009. I was reminded of it in a discussion I had during the week with a colleague about publications about universities and thought I would bring it back.] Many of the pages in Worldcat Identities are...read full entry...
  • The idea of FRBR ...September 19, 2010 – Not having a copy of The Idea of a university to hand, I was looking in Google Book Search and Amazon earlier. Newman is in the news (here is the Wall Street Journal), and I was curious to have a quick look. Sad to say, I even did a search...read full entry...
  • In the Twitter flow ..July 17, 2010 – One of the recurrent themes of this blog has been the work done by libraries to put more of their services in the flow of their users' working, learning and research behaviors. In this context, I was pleased to see the work by my colleagues on implementing Worldcat searches in...read full entry...
  • Beyond records .. genresJune 26, 2010 – We tend to have a very record-based view of bibliographic systems. Searches in a resource result in lists of record-based displays for items. All fields may not be indexed. This means that the data works less hard than it might, given the variety of ways in which it could be...read full entry...
  • More reading ... June 21, 2010 – Here are some recent reports/papers produced by OCLC Research or in which we have been involved ... Kroll, Susan, and Rick Forsman. 2010. A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States. Report commissioned by OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership. Published online at:...read full entry...
  • We're not going anywhere .... OK, we lied ...June 14, 2010 – Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic - When the books leave the building - reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting...read full entry...
  • Reading ...April 12, 2010 – We have produced or been involved in a variety of reports recently. I thought it would be interesting to do a list of some ... Godby, Carol Jean. 2010. Mapping ONIX to MARC. Report and crosswalk produced by OCLC Research. Available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14.pdf (report) and http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14a.xls (crosswalk). (A welcome...read full entry...
  • An all-through system? From Onix to MARCApril 11, 2010 – One of the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control encouraged greater reliance on an 'all-through' system for bibliographic data, where data created upstream by publishers and others could be mobilized downstream by libraries. I was reminded of these words at the time. Records serve...read full entry...
  • Lam-inating libraries ....March 28, 2010 – The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research. However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives. As...read full entry...
  • Dublin core: the first fifteen years ...March 14, 2010 – The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative celebrated fifteen years of existence on March 1st. The initiative began at a workshop in Dublin, Ohio, jointly organized by OCLC and NCSA. The second workshop inaugurated the series which has continued to this day morphing into the annual conference along the way. It was...read full entry...
  • Name, rank and serial numberFebruary 26, 2010 – As authors are recognised as resources to be discovered, managed, ranked, and tracked, an interest in names and identifiers will continue to grow. A focus on research evaluation, reputation management, publication management drive this, as well as general information management issues in a web environment. Historically, national libraries have managed...read full entry...
  • Sourcing and scalingFebruary 21, 2010 – One of the major issues facing libraries as the network reconfigures processes is how appropriately to source and scale activities. What does it make sense to do at institutional level, what does it make sense to source elsewhere (repository services in the cloud, for example, or insitutional email services from...read full entry...
  • Bruges Public Library catalogueFebruary 09, 2010 – 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 ExperienceView more presentations from Koen Calis. I was interested in their adaptation of...read full entry...
  • Outside-in and inside-outJanuary 11, 2010 – An 'industry' pattern appears to have emerged which builds a discovery layer over resources available from the library (or from a group library service, at the level of a state or a consortium for example). Three characteristics come to mind. First, there is an attempt to provide an integrated discovery...read full entry...
  • Digital content quarterlyJanuary 06, 2010 – Digital Content Quarterly is a new publication from the Strategic Content Alliance. In this fast-paced, ever-changing environment the Strategic Content Alliance's Digital Content Quarterly (DCQ) provides a news round-up of digital content issues from around the world, thought-provoking features highlighting key debates in the field and regular columns from leading...read full entry...
  • Reputational surveyJanuary 06, 2010 – As university rankings attract more attention and as national/regional policy discussions continue about whether and how to concentrate research excellence, Thompson Reuters have provided a little more detail about their plans to work with Times Higher Education to develop their own framework to support university profiling and ranking. Our aim...read full entry...
  • EuropeanaJanuary 03, 2010 – My colleague Ricky Erway bravely accepted the challenge to talk as an outsider on the challenges faced by Europeana to a European conference on digitization last year. Her remarks are recorded in an article in the LIBER Quarterly. The organisers of the second LIBER/EBLIDA workshop on digitisation (The Hague, October...read full entry...
  • VIAF design patternJanuary 03, 2010 – A blog entry by Paul Walk - An infrastructure service anti-pattern - drew some attention a while ago. He argues against a model in which a service provider independently develops APIs and a user interface, and in which, accordingly, the APIs are developed in advance of actual use or explicit...read full entry...
  • Institutional researcher pages: an exampleJanuary 02, 2010 – I have written a couple of times recently (here and here) about institutional and indvidual reputation management. Think, for example, of faculty profiles: the managed disclosure of expertise and research activity. This has often been an informal personal or departmental activity. However, there is now a variety of institutional initiatives...read full entry...
  • Research assessment and the library ...December 27, 2009 – I am pleased to note the appearance of a new report on research assessment and the role of libraries. This has been prepared as part of our Research Information Management stream of work in support of the RLG Partnership. The study is a comparative review of formal assessment regimes in...read full entry...
  • Being foreignDecember 27, 2009 – We have been traveling over the holiday period - to London briefly, and then on to various Irish destinations. One of the consequences of Twitter is that there are fewer incentives for the 'pointer' blog entry, a collection of links to interesting items. However, this is a pointer entry. It...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Spiders and flies and classicsDecember 13, 2009 – Reading Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, Forster's response to Eliot's criticism of his remarks about D.H. Lawrence ... So they corresponded and respected one another, and after Lawrence died Forster wrote that the regarded him as 'one of the glories...read full entry...
  • Stuff as a service ...December 13, 2009 – First, a note on a couple of recent media experiences ... We went to The boat that rocked (aka Pirate Radio) recently and were determined to enjoy it. For those that don't know, it is a movie set in 1966 on a 'pirate radio' ship broadcasting music into the UK....read full entry...
  • Your new home pageDecember 11, 2009 – Tony Hirst has made the interesting observation that an organization's real home page is the first page of its Google results. One of the several announcements made by Google last week was one about the integration of real-time feeds in its search results. First, we're introducing new features that bring...read full entry...
  • Beyond bibliographic recordsDecember 06, 2009 – Our cataloging model revolves around the 'manifestation', the particular edition or version of a work that is to be added to the collection. This is also the unit of bibliographic exchange: we ship around MARC records which have data about 'manifestations'. These are the 'inputs' into our catalogs and bibliographic...read full entry...
  • Counting books ...November 29, 2009 – I have been careful in recent posts about numbers to note that the term 'book' has no precise referent. One person's book is another person's pamphlet, or ... Brian Lavoie and I have an article in the current issue of DLib Magazine which uses Worldcat to estimate the number of...read full entry...
  • Community bibliographyNovember 01, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • Untangling the library systems environmentOctober 25, 2009 – 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...read full entry...
  • Community is the new contentOctober 18, 2009 – 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...read full entry...