Monthly Archives: February 2006

QOTD: “Break glass and blog”

The Economist has a brief article about blogging and how corporations are taking notice. Steve Rubel, of CooperKatz, a public-relations firm, reckons that companies should also have a ready-made plan for influencing bloggers if a crisis does occur. Mr Rubel runs the firm’s Micro Persuasion practice, which helps companies improve their marketing by using blogs … Continue reading QOTD: “Break glass and blog”

Research support: COS and CSA

Community of science provides various research support services, including a matching service between funding opportunities and researchers, and between those looking for and those providing particular expertises. Community of Science (COS) is the leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines. We aggregate valuable information so you … Continue reading Research support: COS and CSA

Citable resources

Ross Atkinson argues: The library also has a responsibility at the citation level – ideally ensuring that all information cited in local publicatons remains accessible. This should be the case especially for electronic information: if Web pages, for example, are cited in publications produced at a library’s institution, then that library should be responsible for … Continue reading Citable resources

Libraries, networks and services

Blogging has been a little light of late, as I have had a lot going on – including the writing of my contribution to the Ariadne 10th anniversary issue. Here is the conclusion to that article, which looks at changes in the network environment in which libraries operate. Given the nature of Ariadne there is … Continue reading Libraries, networks and services

Four, four, four, four

Well, teetering beween a liking for lists and a po-faced disinclination to be frivolous I am leaning to lists. In response to the FreeRangeLibrarian … here is a tentative enumeration of things in fours. 4 novels for re-reading Persuasion – Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are the favourite novels of real JA fans, … Continue reading Four, four, four, four

The preservation turn

We have become used to thinking about digital preservation as an issue. We don’t tend to think of print preservation in quite the same way. Several things have come over the horizon recently which have made me think about this issue a little differently: I have been involved in several discussions around the mass digitization … Continue reading The preservation turn

Tenth anniversary issue of Ariadne

A special decennial issue of Ariadne has just appeared. Here is a list of the articles included: Projects into Services: The UK Experience Peter Brophy reviews the experience of the UK academic sector in turning digital library projects into sustainable services. What Users Want: An Academic `Hybrid’ Library Perspective Reg Carr reflects on the development … Continue reading Tenth anniversary issue of Ariadne

A couple of pubs

Just a note about a couple of publications which have recently appeared which highlight the use of bibliographic data to provide ‘business intelligence’: Brian Lavoie, Lorcan Dempsey, Lynn Silipigni Connaway Making data work harder. Library Journal, January 15, 2006. This briefly reviews some recent data mining work placing it in the context of ‘making data … Continue reading A couple of pubs


Every now and again I take a look at the MIT website. It is always interesting. For those that don’t know, it changes based on a user contributed idea. The MIT spotlights answer the question, “What interesting and wonderful things are happening at MIT?” The spotlight images and headlines change frequently in order to integrate … Continue reading Engagement

Smart aggregation

A while ago I was thinking about the development of bibliographic record exchange in terms of the following progression: standardization, commoditization, aggregation, syndication. Standardization is necessary for commoditization and aggregation. Syndication involves creating service over the aggregated resource. And this progression seems to apply to other activities as well. I was interested recently to see … Continue reading Smart aggregation