Monthly Archives: January 2004


Recall from the Internet Archive is pretty interesting on first inspection. An outline is provided on the Help Page. Results are graphed over time. I just tried a few searches. Results were interesting, but I was not sure what was going on some of the time. Need to look at it further.

Institutional repositories

Some suggestive observations about institutional repositories in the summary of a CNI roundtable discussion. In many ways, discussing “institutional repositories” is misleading, in that the term is too limiting and focuses on a tool rather than the strategic imperative, which is planning for institution-wide digital asset management and developing both infrastructure components and a range … Continue reading Institutional repositories

In America

On a personal note … my brother in law, Arthur Lappin, is the producer of the movie In America. Some excitement in the Lappin-Lennon household on the announcement of the 2004 Oscar Nominations.

Mind the gap

When I had been with OCLC for a few months, I was asked to do a keynote presentation to the biannual JISC/CNI conference. The topic was the difference between US and UK library environments. A topic I was not especially prepared for 😉 I thought I would frame discussion with some more general remarks. I … Continue reading Mind the gap

NYT article on copyright

Not long ago, the Internet’s ability to provide instant, inexpensive and perfect copies of text, sound and images was heralded with the phrase ”information wants to be free.” Yet the implications of this freedom have frightened some creators — particularly those in the recording, publishing and movie industries — who argue that the greater ease … Continue reading NYT article on copyright

How good is the catalog?

Pretty interesting piece by a member of faculty in the history department at Swarthmore. I quote at length — follow the link for the full piece. Using our library’s catalogue, Tripod, I was both impressed at how generally strong our collection is for a small liberal-arts college (shared with Bryn Mawr and Haverford) and frustrated … Continue reading How good is the catalog?

New OS asset management system based on FRBR

This is the development wiki of LibDB, an open-sourced Perl/MySQL library and asset management system based on and inspired by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (pdf), triples from the semantic web, and “the end-user doesn’t, and shouldn’t, need to know this stuff”. In English, this means that you’ll be able to smartly and easily … Continue reading New OS asset management system based on FRBR

Infomotion’s books

Check out Infomotions’ library of books. This is a catalog of Eric Lease Morgan’s personal collection. He is taking a book, pulling a record from LC via Z39.50, and indexing it in Swish-e. Each entry has the MARC record associated with it.

Info URI

Cliff Lynch noted the Info URI press release with these words: While I don’t usually repost press releases to this list, I wanted to share the news on this, in part because it represents an important new step in collaboration ACROSS standards organizations, and in part because I think the work is of real importance … Continue reading Info URI

XISBN experimental use

XISBN being used in UKOLN’s demonstrator OpenURL application. Andy Powell writes: This looks pretty interesting. It uses knowledge of WorldCat and the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model to work up from any given ISBN to the ‘work’, then back down to other ‘expressions’/’manifestations’ of the same work. I.e. give it an ISBN, … Continue reading XISBN experimental use