User experience

Brutalist architecture and libraries

I was talking to Carole Moore, Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries, recently about Robarts Library, described by Wikipedia as one of “the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America”. Curious, I followed the Wikipedia link to brutalist architecture. I was interested to find several libraries mentioned there alongside Robarts. In … Continue reading Brutalist architecture and libraries

The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

So taken was I by William J Mitchell’s comments on the impact of the network and mobile communications on space that I have quoted it here a couple of times already 😉 Here it is … The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places for functions such as studying or learning, says … Continue reading The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

3 stages of library websites …

While writing about subject pages and library websites the other day, it occurred to me that we might think of library websites in three stages – which emerged successively and continue to exist together. Always mindful of the rule of three 😉 We might clumsily call these stages: [1] fragmentary, [2] integrated supply, and [3] … Continue reading 3 stages of library websites …

QOTD: Information environments …

‘Information environment’ is a vague term, vague enough to be usable in a variety of contexts. For me, as I worked for JISC before coming to OCLC, it will always be associated with the JISC agenda to advance an integrated network of information resources in support of UK research and learning. I was very interested … Continue reading QOTD: Information environments …

Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread

[I have been quoting the distinction made by Gavin Potter, a participant in the Netflix competition, about how our emphasis is shifting from sorting out supply to sorting out demand. I thought it might be useful to re-present this entry, the one where I first noted the distinction. I could have deleted the first half, … Continue reading Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread

Navigation structure: web sitings …

The following graphic was noted in a variety of places recently. It clearly struck a chord! My own bugbear on library websites is physical address (I sometimes want to know where the library is) and director or staff contacts (which are sometimes really quite hard to find!). This reminded me of a couple of websites … Continue reading Navigation structure: web sitings …

Bookstores, curation and managing demand/consumption …

I have just returned to the US from a couple of weeks vacation in Ireland and England. I was more than usually struck by my bookstore (aka book shop) experiences, and this prompted the curation entry I have just written. First of all, an interesting note that I have quoted before about the management of … Continue reading Bookstores, curation and managing demand/consumption …

Discovery layers – Top Tech Trends 2

[No 2 of 3. No 1 here.] I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it seemed … Continue reading Discovery layers – Top Tech Trends 2

Mobile .. Top Tech Trends 1

I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it seemed to me that it would be interesting … Continue reading Mobile .. Top Tech Trends 1

Beyond records .. genres

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 leveraged to tell us more … Continue reading Beyond records .. genres