Monthly Archives: January 2006

Linking to OpenWorldCat

I get asked about linking to entries in OpenWorldCat from time to time. Here is an update based on information from my colleague Mike Teets, who has overall responsibility for application development at OCLC. There is now a link at the top right of each OWC page that allows direct bookmarking of the item “Bookmark … Continue reading Linking to OpenWorldCat

Distance from the default: Web browser extensions

There is a nice page of web browser extensions on Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This includes things like bookmarklets, toolbars, greasemonkey scripts, and so on. For a nice discussion which puts some of these in context see Ross Singer’s Access 2005 presentation. He talks there about the ‘sloppy underbelly of the web’. I … Continue reading Distance from the default: Web browser extensions

Quotes of the day: what business is Google in?

Here is Bubblegeneration talking about Google’s interesting acquisition of dMarc, which helps bring advertisers and radio stations together: You shouldn’t see Goog as the world’s information organizer. It’s more accurate to say that it’s the world’s ad allocator. [Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab] Here is Phil Wainewright saying something similar about Google in the context of Amazon’s … Continue reading Quotes of the day: what business is Google in?


I am reminded by John Kirriemuir that Ariadne first appeared ten years ago today. Ariadne is a web-based magazine which has reported on UK and wider digital library developments. It is still going strong. Ariadne was established by John MacColl (now at the University of Edinburgh) and myself as a collaboration between the University of … Continue reading Ariadne


Geoff Harder has made a very nice presentation about RSS available [pdf]. He refers to NADD (Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder) and RII (Repetitive Information Injury) 😉 The slides are well done: it is a pity that they are only available in PDF. RSS is everywhere, and is consumed both by people (in their aggregators etc) … Continue reading Self-aggrandRSSment

Thinking about the catalog

I said a few entries ago that I was working on an entry on the catalog. I need to hurry up! Some big catalogish things came along this week. First the University of California released a significant report on its bibliographic infrastructure, on how catalogs should be built, presented and managed. Rethinking how we provide … Continue reading Thinking about the catalog

A service-able catalogue

Dave Pattern continues to do interesting things with the catalog(ue) at the University of Huddersfield. Check out the two screenshots from They show a seminal report which is now of great historical interest 😉 Notice that a Greasemonkey script has inserted a line above the title in each. The top screenshot shows the first … Continue reading A service-able catalogue

Code4lib and programmers

A schedule has been posted for Code4lib 2006. I am pleased that several of my colleagues (Devon Smith, Jeff Young and Thom Hickey) are presenting. This promises to be a different sort of library conference, one where participants talk about their experiences actually building systems and services. There has been some discussion of late in … Continue reading Code4lib and programmers

Flickr and the library pictures

More interesting work from the National Library of Australia. Now FlickR and the National Library of Australia are embarking on an exciting initiative to offer individuals the opportunity to include their images of contemporary Australia in the PictureAustralia service through FlickR. By adding images to this group, individuals are able to, for the first time, … Continue reading Flickr and the library pictures

Leadership and libraries?

From Good to great and the social sectors: why business thinking is not the answer. There is an irony in all this. Social sector organizations increasingly look to business for leadership models and talent, yet I suspect we will find more true leadership in the social sectors than the business sector. How can I say … Continue reading Leadership and libraries?