Discovery vs discoverability …

I have been interested in the different dynamics of the inside-out and outside-in library for a while (see here for example). One especially interesting characteristic is the quite different approach to discovery in each case, even though this distinction has not yet crystallized in clear service categories. I was struck by the distinction during a … Continue reading Discovery vs discoverability …

The President, the election and big data

A little over four years ago I wrote a post about the presidential primary results, suggesting that an important political threshold had been crossed. The network – and notably the use of social and mobile – was centrally influential. Whatever your political orientation, it is clear that Obama has been remarkably successful at mobilizing people … Continue reading The President, the election and big data

Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

Drawn by a Tweet I looked at Stanford’s very nice new library website just now. I only spent a few minutes there but I was immediately and strongly struck by two things. Each makes so much sense that I imagine they will become routine. The first was the foregrounding of library space as a service. … Continue reading Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

The enterprising librarian …

I participated in an interesting event at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC a while ago. It was a symposium to consider the ‘information professional’ of 2050. Yes, that is 2050 There was a mix of people. Some in LIS education; some in libraries; and some in industry. One word that was … Continue reading The enterprising librarian …

Making things of interest Discoverable, Referencable, Relatable, …

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 data about entities and make … Continue reading Making things of interest Discoverable, Referencable, Relatable, …

Big data .. big trend

[I spoke at the Lita Top Technology Trends at Dallas. I had a trend in reserve – big data – but did not use it. Here is something along the lines of what I might have said …] Big Data is a big trend, but as with expressions for other newly forming areas, it may … Continue reading Big data .. big trend

Linking not typing … knowledge organization at the network level

‘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. In theory, this is achieved … Continue reading Linking not typing … knowledge organization at the network level

End of the digest ….

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 the digest. While the blog … Continue reading End of the digest ….

Collections are library assets

I quite like using the word ‘assets’ with reference to library collections. We tend to think of assets in positive terms, as things that are valuable. More of that later. I was interested to see Rick Anderson remark on the vocabulary used by my colleague Constance Malpas a while ago. This was in the context … Continue reading Collections are library assets

The ILS, the digital library and the research library

Job adverts are interesting for a variety of reasons. They give a sense of skills and attributes in demand. They say something about how the hiring institution wants to present itself. And they can indicate trends. I have been interested to see three research libraries look for senior digital library posts in recent months. Associate … Continue reading The ILS, the digital library and the research library

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