Monthly Archives: April 2005

Which environment?

We are used to thinking about the user in the library environment. This will continue to be important. A major part of our challenge moving forward is thinking about the library in the user environment. The user is increasingly a network person, who may move through several environments.

Repositories ain’t what they used to be …

Repository is one of those words which needs to be accompanied by a qualification: just what do you mean in this context by repository? We are moving away from thinking about a repository as a ‘bucket’ into which we pour content. And towards a sense of repository as a set of services on managed objects. … Continue reading Repositories ain’t what they used to be …

SOA Reference Model

This may be of interest in the context of general discussion of Service Oriented Architectures: In February 2005 OASIS formed the SOA-RM TC (Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model Technical Committee) and assigned it the responsibility of developing an SOA Reference Model. The reference model will not be tied to any particular implementation or set of … Continue reading SOA Reference Model


The BBC reports a study which shows that eBay is the most popular brand on the web, followed by Google, Yahoo, Sony, and HP. The least popular brands, according to the study, are McDonalds and Coca Cola. The news report does not make it clear what population was surveyed: it would be interesting to know … Continue reading eBrand

Learn, click, buy

I was interested to see the following on the Amazon Web Services blog: Concord USA has developed and released, free-of-charge, an Amazon course item module for colleges and schools that use the learning management system from Blackboard Inc. This module allows course developers to include books and other items from in their Blackboard online … Continue reading Learn, click, buy

Thinking about the G5

Here are some random thoughts abot the Google library digitization discussions …. If large amounts of the G5 library collections are digitized, indexed and searchable then we have an index to books in all library collections. This initiative potentially improves access to all library collections, provided we have good ways of moving from the Google … Continue reading Thinking about the G5

Services for intermediate consumers

Google, Yahoo!, Amazon …. For many these services are the first and last resort of research. They exercise a major gravitational pull on users [*]. We are rightly preoccupied with their impact on library services. A major reason for this is because we recognize that increasingly these are the windows through which users see the … Continue reading Services for intermediate consumers

On Google Scholar and library instruction

On Google Scholar is one of my more consulted RSS feeds. I like the mix of useful pointers and light but firm editorializing. A post on the recent ACRL conference steps out from this mode a little with a longish commentary. In the light of my comments here about library instruction and eating spinach I … Continue reading On Google Scholar and library instruction

Off-web and on-web

Andy Powell writes [pdf] about potential points of contact between the range of information resources managed by JISC in the UK and the major search engines on the open web. Interestingly, much has happened between the end of last year when this was made available and now. Google Scholar is more established for example, and … Continue reading Off-web and on-web

Library collections viewed systemically

OCLC Research has been doing quite a bit of work on collection analysis in the last couple of years: mining Worldcat for management intelligence about the characteristics of libary collections. One strand of this work was reported at the recent CNI meeting under the title ‘A System-Wide View of Library Collections’. This is work carried … Continue reading Library collections viewed systemically