Monthly Archives: January 2006

Social bookmarking in the library: a new bibliographic tissue?

PennTags looks like a very interesting experiment. PennTags lets you organize and share your bookmarks. You can use the UPennToolbar or the PennTags Bookmarklet to post websites into your tagspace. PennTags can also be used to tag Franklin and VCaT records. [PennTags /] Functionally, it looks very like del.icio.us. Graphically, it looks well with pictures … Continue reading Social bookmarking in the library: a new bibliographic tissue?

A book on institutional repositories, no less …

I notice with interest that the Institutional Repository is a sufficiently mature topic for a publisher to publish a book on it and for authors (Richard Jones, Theo Andrew and John MacColl) to write one. Incidentally, this was the first time that I noticed that Amazon.co.uk includes sponsored links. Speaking of which, here is the … Continue reading A book on institutional repositories, no less …

Further FRBR applications

University of Chicago law professor Randy Picker recounts some experiences with Google Book Search. He talks about looking for The Wealth of Nations. Of course, the publication of Smith’s work was the second great event of 1776 (or was it the first?), so it would be surprising if the work remained subject to copyright. And … Continue reading Further FRBR applications

Keeping the public in publishing?

We are used to buying books. To sharing them. To giving and receiving them as gifts. To quietly marking them. Even sometimes to proclaiming ownership in a bookplate. We are used to copying parts of them for study, to quoting from them. Books circulate – through libraries, private collections, bookstores and used bookstores. They are … Continue reading Keeping the public in publishing?

Changing expecations (again)

Over the break I was looking at a couple of directory-type sites. I was interested in how my response to them was different than it would have been a couple of years ago. First, somebody was showing me the Irish Playography site, an impressive accounting of Irish plays and the people involved with them, and, … Continue reading Changing expecations (again)