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  • End of the digest ....October 13, 2011 – For almost as long as this blog has been going we have had an associated digest. This has gone out to over 800 people. The frequency of the digest has changed as the frequency of posting has gone down. We have decided that it is now time to turn off...read full entry...
  • Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheelMay 28, 2011 – Analysing influence has been a central part of academic life. We are very familiar with citation analysis. This is possible because the system allows that metric to be measured and it is seen to be meaningful. As new measures have become possible in a web environment they too have been...read full entry...
  • Lost in translation .. reduxApril 30, 2011 – I am at The 9th Annual Library Leadership Institute in Bangkok. This event is organized by The University of Hong Kong Libraries and brings together librarians from around Asia. It has a dual purpose: to develop and enhance management and leadership qualities and to enhance collaboration and foster relations between...read full entry...
  • Sympathy for Microsoft ...April 05, 2011 – We are watching a handful of companies battle to support our work and learning lives, our communication, entertainment and social network. The good guys are no longer quite such good guys (Apple, Google?). And the CEO of Facebook can characterize Microsoft as the underdog. My title is prompted by the...read full entry...
  • Children's Book Week .... RetreadMarch 17, 2011 – [A discussion about children's book Peepo! on Twitter prompt me to recycle this entry from 2006] To mark Children's Book Week folks here at OCLC are talking about children's books that mean something to them Here are two I like ..... The Wool-pack One of the first 'long' books I...read full entry...
  • Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer viewFebruary 27, 2011 – A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. Before that, I would often come away with one from a trip to our local Border's (sadly now closing) or sometimes buy a mystery novel in the airport (especially on the return trip...read full entry...
  • HiatusOctober 24, 2010 – A digest of this blog is distributed to registered readers each Monday morning. This week, only this entry will be noted as new. I have slowed down on the blogging front and am now going to take a break for a while to focus on some other commitments. I will...read full entry...
  • "How golden is your retriever?" Maurice Line RIPOctober 03, 2010 – My former UKOLN colleague Ruth Burt sent me a note last week noting that Maurice Line had died. Ann Chapman writes about his work at the University of Bath, where he was the first University Librarian, as follows ... While at Bath, Line initiated a number of research projects. INFROSS,...read full entry...
  • Presenting ....October 03, 2010 – Although I give quite a few presentations, I don't really present enough for them to become ends in themselves. I am thinking of this content-wise and style-wise. Content-wise, I tend to talk about things that are currently on my mind unless I have been asked to describe a particular set...read full entry...
  • A spectacleMay 16, 2010 – I have been wearing glasses for thirty years or so. I ordered a new pair yesterday, and when I got home I had a look at all my previous pairs. Here they are: I am sure it says something about me ........read full entry...
  • AuraMay 16, 2010 – John Naughton has a nice column in The Observer today. He talks about how as part of welcoming Dan Cohen to Cambridge, the University Library prepared a display around Newton's Principia. John enjoys the experience ... I've owned a beautifully produced facsimile of the Principia for decades, so it wasn't...read full entry...
  • The Reader and the LawApril 30, 2010 – Eddi Reader is a Scottish singer, formerly of Fairground Attraction. I was aware of Fairground Attraction but really only began listening to Eddi Reader a couple of years ago and she has become a favorite. [Worldcat Identity][Soundunwound]. She sings some wonderful songs, one of which I link to below. Her...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...
  • RachelJuly 29, 2009 – Andy Powell rang me a few days ago to tell me that our friend and former UKOLN colleague, Rachel Heery, had died. Although Rachel had been fighting cancer for a long time, I was shocked, as I had been speaking to her a few weeks before and she was in...read full entry...
  • An identity incompletely centered ..June 14, 2009 – The Facebook username landgrab created a flurry of excitement over the weekend. Individuals 'claimed' their piece of network real estate in the form of a Facebook URL, and organizations had an opportunity to protect registered marks. I am now http://www.facebook.com/lorcand which chimes with my recently established Twitter presence http://www.twitter.com/lorcand I...read full entry...
  • Earth worksMay 09, 2009 – One of the most interesting things we have seen while in the US is the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio, reputedly the largest effigy earthworks in the world. Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly...read full entry...