Monthly Archives: February 2006

Word clouds

Hey – a site aimed at ‘book-lovers’ and ‘bloggers’. They have about everyone covered 😉 SnapShirts allows you to order a t-shirt emblazoned with a word-cloud. The word cloud can be generated from a book by your favorite author (they have a limited number available), or from your blog (you submit the URL). The picture … Continue reading Word clouds

A book diversion

Flann O’Brien was a man of many names. He wrote, among other things, The Third Policeman, a dark comic novel. Harper Collins describes the book, which was originally rejected by publishers for being too fantastical, as “the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle and a chilling fable … Continue reading A book diversion

A catalog or two (cats and splats)

While on the Evergreen site, I had a look at the developer version of their catalog. A demo of Evergreen’s online catalog is located at A bleeding edge online catalog, with all of the latest, greatest features we’re working on, is located at (note the development site may be unstable). A downloadable demo … Continue reading A catalog or two (cats and splats)

Systemwide activities and the long tail

The Pines Evergreen folks make some interesting comments on my Long Tail post in the context of their own situation. I agree with the drift of their comments. What the entry is talking about (my interpretation) is moving ILS activities to a shared level to achieve systemwide efficiences and increase impact. In this case, the … Continue reading Systemwide activities and the long tail

Ranganathan and the long tail

Ranganathan‘s five ‘laws’ have classic status in the library community. I am using ‘classic’ in the Frank Kermode sense of being ‘patient of interpretation’ over time: they express something which remains relevant as contexts change. I wrote about The Long Tail in terms of aggregation of supply and aggregation of demand. In this context, aggregation … Continue reading Ranganathan and the long tail

Libraries Australia

The National Library of Australia has made a version of its union catalog openly available on the web (an enhanced version is available to subscribers). Libraries Australia lets you discover what’s in Australian libraries. You can find it, borrow it, copy it or buy it. [Libraries Australia – Home] This is another example of how … Continue reading Libraries Australia

Coins in union catalogues

I noted with interest the announcement about Coins in COPAC, the CURL union catalogue in the UK. The Copac v3 Experimental Interface now has COinS in the full record display. The COinS is an HTML element that contains an OpenURL and is structured in such as way that it is not normally visible. To make … Continue reading Coins in union catalogues

Lightweight service composition

Science Library Pad helpfully pulls together and comments on several pieces by Jon Udell on the orchestration of lightweight services in the browser. Lightweight service composition is Udell’s phrase for the growing ability to easily combine functionality from different machine interfaces within natural user workflows. He is looking at working with Amazon, library catalogs and … Continue reading Lightweight service composition

QOTD: apple and amazon

There is an interesting story in the WSJ about Amazon’s plans to take on Apple in the music download business. The story is framed by the context of a move from atoms to bits. That is from CDs, DVDs and books which comprise a large part of Amazon sales to digital downloads. The move is … Continue reading QOTD: apple and amazon

Libraries, logistics and the long tail

[NOTE: this blog post formed the basis of a subsequent article: Libraries and the Long Tail: Some Thoughts about Libraries in a Network Age D-Lib Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 4, April 2006.] [Warning: long, long, long] Those discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in the library community strike me … Continue reading Libraries, logistics and the long tail