Monthly Archives: November 2004

Logistics and learning

I have mentioned library logistics and also the services of Sentient Learning. I have just come across the Sentient Discover page, with the strap line: ‘optimising the learning supply chain’. Maybe, we can begin using logistics after all!

Externalizing search

Art Rhyno continues his interesting series on the inadvertent gifts of recent Google developments. He wonders: … if library systems can offload a lot of the indexing work that our current applications sweat so hard to achieve. Both Apple and Microsoft have poured significant resources into making their next generation of operating systems index as … Continue reading Externalizing search

Yahoo tips

Website design tips [ppt] for improving findability in Yahoo! Presented at WebmasterWorld’s Search Conference #7.

Learning object repositories

A review of six learning object repositories from EduTools has been made available. It appears as a Word document and an associated Excel spreadsheet with feature comparisons. Six products are chosen for comparison: HarvestRoad Hive; Intrallect Intralibrary; NorthPlains Telescope Enterprise; Ex Libris Digitool; Concord Masterfile; Dspace. They are compared under ten broad headings: Discovery Tools; … Continue reading Learning object repositories

The complement of books

We spent several days in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving period. We were intrigued by Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Library) in the Hirshhorn. Since the late 1980s, Rachel Whiteread has used resin, rubber and, as in Untitled (Library), dental plaster to cast overlooked domestic spaces. Like earlier works by Bruce Nauman and Joseph Beuys, Whiteread presents … Continue reading The complement of books

20 top IT mistakes to avoid

Chad Dickerson, in InfoWorld, writes about the top 20 IT mistakes to avoid. A couple of quotes: On the one hand, the most conservative IT shops dismiss open source solutions as a matter of policy. That’s a big mistake: Taking an indefinite wait-and-see attitude toward open source means passing up proven, stable, and scalable low-cost … Continue reading 20 top IT mistakes to avoid

University rankings

The Times Higher Education Supplement [subscribers only – guest subscription available] has compiled a list of the ‘top’ 200 universities worldwide. The list is interesting as a sign of the growing international competitiveness of higher education. It appears that it will be refined in future years. A major contributor to the ranking is a survey … Continue reading University rankings

Simple gets used

More of Bosworth. It is worth thinking about MARC and Z39.50 in the context of this entry. MARC will take a long time to change? How soon will SRU replace Z39.50, or will it? Again, worth quoting at length. In the same way, I see two diametrically opposed tendencies in the model for exchanging information … Continue reading Simple gets used

Library logistics

Logistics is everywhere. During the recent Olympics, DHL and UPS were heavy advertizers. Recently, UPS has been advertizing that its role is to ‘synchronize’ companies. It seems to me that logistics is a significant part of what libraries do, they synchronize the need for and the supply of research and learning materials. Logistics is about … Continue reading Library logistics

Mobile devices

A new JISC report on mobile devices. Increasingly, staff and students within higher education institutions own and make use of these devices, particularly, in the case of students, in the main target age group of 18 to 24 years. Currently this use is often personal, informal and ad hoc, but increasingly universities and colleges will … Continue reading Mobile devices