Monthly Archives: September 2004

Union Catalogs

A list of union catalogs: During the research work on my latest book, Library World Records, I used both Worldcat and several European union catalogs, in my search for specific books, because I travelled to several European libraries, being able to know if particular books I needed, for my book project, was in a library … Continue reading Union Catalogs

ARROW discovery service

The Arrow (Australian Research Repositories Online to the World) project has a preview search system up. This discovery service provides access to Australian scholarly materials. It currently indexes metadata from 6 university repositories. [Australian Research Repositories Online to the World]

General Stumm invades the library

The useful Newscan Daily service includes a section Honorary Subscriber where they discuss a person of interest. The current issue [NewsScan Publishing Inc. – NewsScan Daily Archives] discusses Robert Musil, author of, among other things, The man without qualities. Chapter 100 of this novel is General Stumm invades the State Library and learns about the … Continue reading General Stumm invades the library

Overview of web services

A full overview of web services specifications. This white paper provides an introduction to the Web services architecture. It describes the design principles underlying the architecture and foundational technologies for Web services. Features are described and linked to the specifications that formally define them. This paper also serves as a reference guide to all the … Continue reading Overview of web services

Seven ways?

Nathan Shedroff on seven ways to organize data. The Dewey Decimal Classification is noted as organization by ‘number’. The first step in transforming data into information is to explore its organization. This simple yet crucial process can appear futile, but often you can discover something through it that you had never seen before. It is … Continue reading Seven ways?

Reference for the ‘Google generation’

The British Library is advertizing for a Head of Reference and Research. The post will ‘reinterpret’ reference for a digital world, and provide services for ‘new audiences’, including the ‘google generation’. [Head of Reference and Research, London]

My media

Adam Bosworth summarises how he would like his various media options to work together. These days, like everybody else, my media is increasingly on my hard disks. It is on PC’s, Mac’s, iPod’s and recorders of TV like Tivo although mine is a Time Warner supplied variant. As such, like everyone else I know, it … Continue reading My media

Academic blogging

I had been going to mention UThink, the blogging platform provided the University of Minnesota Libraries. Here it is mentioned in a Guardian article which considers academic blogging more widely, interviewing faculty and others about their use of blogs. Most blogs are individual efforts, but earlier this year, the University of Minnesota Libraries announced UThink … Continue reading Academic blogging

Preparedness for digital futures

CLIR is organizating a ‘primer’ on ‘managing digital assets’. The text below is from the description of the event. I think it overstates the case, but it is an appropriate reminder that we are really in the early stages of constructing viable digital information environments. Aside from the largest research institutions, universities and colleges are … Continue reading Preparedness for digital futures


Virtualization, outsourcing, ASP, … Jonathan Schwartz signals a Sun announcement about ‘computing utility’ services. He provides some nice ways of talking about this phenomenon which could be applied to what we have historically known as ‘bibliographic utilities’, and also to current initiatives which look at providing shared infrastructure in the information space. See, for example, … Continue reading Virtualization