Monthly Archives: March 2006

Coins in Open WorldCat, Openly’s OpenURL Referrer, and the OCLC Resolver Registry

[Update: click on the picture for an example where a link to a resolver is showing.] I have mentioned Coins from time to time and am pleased now that Open WorldCat supports them: On March 12, 2006 OCLC added COinS to its Open WorldCat web pages. COinS is an acronym that stands for Context Objects … Continue reading Coins in Open WorldCat, Openly’s OpenURL Referrer, and the OCLC Resolver Registry

Open Content Initiative

The Open University, supported by the Hewlett Foundation ($4.45M), is going to make learning materials freely available for use and reuse on the web. This continues the OU tradition of open broadcast of its television teaching materials. The Open University will draw on its experience in supported open learning to provide an environment which contains … Continue reading Open Content Initiative

The simple search box and the rich texture of suggestion

I have been in a couple of meetings recently where people have been talking about the attraction of the simple, single box search as the ultimate goal. To this, my response is ‘yes, and what else?’. In Google’s case, pagerank has been the principal ‘what else’. Going forward they have interesting questions to face about … Continue reading The simple search box and the rich texture of suggestion

Coda: search, share and subscribe

I talked about search, share and subscribe the other day as library systems develop more engaging experiences. Here are some additional notes based on some things coming over my desk in the last day or so. Via Alison Pope I read about how custom RSS feeds and Opensearch are included in the latest Aleph release. … Continue reading Coda: search, share and subscribe

Search, share and subscribe

We seem to have turned a corner with library search. For example, one of the strategic priorities for the British Library is to ‘transform search and navigation‘ in support of access to their collections, although there is little detail about what will be attempted. There has been significant recent discussion about catalog search and the … Continue reading Search, share and subscribe

Quotes Of The Day: moving to the network level

Much of our discussion of Web 2.0 has focused on its social networking aspects. However, this is one aspect only of the flatter Web 2.0 world. We are beginning to see much more general discussion of another aspect, of the way in which organizations and their relationships are being reshaped by the network. Here is … Continue reading Quotes Of The Day: moving to the network level

The Long Tail and the used book market

Work commissioned by the Book Industry Study Group reports that: “The real story is the dramatic growth of used trade books sold through on-line channels”, noted Jeff Hayes, Group Director for InfoTrends/CAP Ventures and principal analyst on the study. “Used books are becoming mainstream as the Internet provides transparency into the industry inventory and consumers … Continue reading The Long Tail and the used book market

QOTD: Woe is me

Bono interviewed by Oprah: I’m not the happiest person, and I’m certainly not happy-clappy. There’s a bit of “woe is me” that comes with melancholy, the Irish thing, and it’s draining. [Live your best life: a treasury of wisdom, wit, advice, interviews, and inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine] mmm…

Hedgehogs

Dan Chudnov has an interesting post on the mission of the library. What is the all-consuming mission of the library? His answer is an interesting one, which on reflection works surprisingly well. He argues that his professional mission as a librarian is this: Help people build their own libraries. [Because this is the business we’ve … Continue reading Hedgehogs