The cultural and scholarly record

How to repost?

I ‘re-posted’ my entry on the ‘two ways of Web 2.0’ the other day. On the site, I now have a page for the original entry and for the ‘re-post’. I have just ‘re-posted’ another entry, but this time I chose to do it a different way. I changed the publish date to today’s date, … Continue reading How to repost?

Being friends with the librarian in the Bibliothèque National

[I bring back this entry prompted by the selection of The Arcades Project in the series of canonical works in the Times Higher Education Supplement. It was originally published on July 13 2007.] There is a passage in a letter from Walter Benjamin to Theodor Adorno where he suggests removing a reference to Georges Bataille … Continue reading Being friends with the librarian in the Bibliothèque National

Stuff as a service …

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. However nostalgia was not enough … Continue reading Stuff as a service …

Libraries and e-science

Emerging data-intensive e-science presents many support challenges for institutions, disciplines and national bodies to work through. The role of the academic library in this multiscale world is also an open question. Two recent reports discuss e-science (or ‘cyberinfrastructure’ or ‘e-research’) in general terms and repay reading. Liz Lyon, the Director of UKOLN, and also a … Continue reading Libraries and e-science

QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the web

We are pleased that Herbert Van de Sompel will be talking about Memento, a joint project of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, at OCLC later this month. We will make a webcast available; see the details here. If you are in Central Ohio, come by …. Here is a recent paper describing … Continue reading QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the web

On the discriminations of availability …

Seamus Heaney famously – and in poetry – complained about being included in an anthology of ‘British’ poetry. In the course of his poem he invokes Miroslav Holub‘s ‘On the necessity of truth’ where a man creates a disturbance in a cinema when he sees a beaver mistakenly called a muskrat on the screen. The … Continue reading On the discriminations of availability …

Ebooks and/or digital books

I was in a meeting with a group of folks from research libraries the other week. I was interested in a particular terminological issue: ‘ebooks’ and ‘digital books’ were each being used in conversation. I asked was there a pattern of consistent use here. ‘Not complete consistency’ was the answer, but there was certainly a … Continue reading Ebooks and/or digital books

QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Fintan O’Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses …. PICTURE THIS. You read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be … Continue reading QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Book covers and the scholarly record

There have been various discussions among research libraries recently about the management of the collective print collection as pressures on library space coincide with shifting research and learning behaviors in a network environment. This will create interesting questions about preserving the print scholarly record over the next few years: what combination of agencies should be … Continue reading Book covers and the scholarly record

The archived website as historical document

Presentations from the JISC conference last week are now available on the website. I attended the session on web archiving and was struck by the presentation by Niels Brügger (PDF of session here; he begins at page 64). Kevin Ashley’s overview of institutional issues and Paul Cunnea’s discussion of national web-archiving issues were also interesting. … Continue reading The archived website as historical document