Monthly Archives: October 2006

All the online people

Collections of personal papers are important areas of interest for libraries and archives, and for the scholars and students that use them. In the last few weeks, several examples of digital – or digitized – personal papers have come over my horizon: Cambridge University has just launched The complete works of Charles Darwin online, a … Continue reading All the online people

Getting to the stuff

This picture is from a talk by Chris Beckett about how publishers should optimize their web presences for use in changing network environments (some more about this below). I used it in a presentation at the Montana State University Libraries Symposium, where colleagues from academic librarians in Montana discussed challenges and futures in the context … Continue reading Getting to the stuff

Retro Lorcan

I mention below that I had bought Horse Latitudes while in the Twin Cities. I had looked for this a couple of times recently in bookstores in Columbus without finding it. I could have ordered it from Amazon, but I hesitated as I thought I might come across it somewhere, maybe in another city on … Continue reading Retro Lorcan

A diversion: from Gruen to Zevon via Minneapolis

I was reading about Victor Gruen several days ago in the Atlantic, and about his work in helping create the US indoor shopping mall experience. The piece describes his work on the Southdale Center, the first enclosed mall in the US. See the Southdale website for the Center as it is now; see the fascinating … Continue reading A diversion: from Gruen to Zevon via Minneapolis

Connecting discovery to location with a service layer

I have just done an entry talking about how discovery of library materials may be carried out in a different environment to the library system (in Google Scholar, WorldCat, or a local discovery system like the NCSU catalog, for example). One issue that arises in this context is how to connect the ‘discovery’ experience with … Continue reading Connecting discovery to location with a service layer

Distributing the catalog discovery experience

In a recent article on the catalog, I discussed how ‘discovery’ of library materials was increasingly going to be ‘disembedded’ from the local library catalog, and ‘re-embedded’ in a variety of other contexts. Those other contexts might need to link back to the library system, which is becomes more of a location and availability service. … Continue reading Distributing the catalog discovery experience

QOTD: flowing through Amazon

From Jon Udell: At the end of our conversation I relayed a question that came up during my recent Superpatrons and superlibrarians talk at the University of Michigan. When I demonstrated the various ways in which LibraryLookup can disintermediate Amazon, somebody asked: “Does Amazon hate you?” It shouldn’t, I replied, because although LibraryLookup clearly bypasses … Continue reading QOTD: flowing through Amazon

Automated policy disclosure

ACAP is an interesting initiative from a group of publishing organizations. It has been noted in several places. ACAP stands for Automated Content Access Protocol. It is jointly sponsored by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the European Publishers Council (EPC) and the International Publishers Association (IPA). Here is how their main focus is described … Continue reading Automated policy disclosure

SlideShare and YouTube

One of the comments about YouTube in the media flurry is that it was designed to be very easy to use. One aspect of this is the convergence on Flash as a way of presenting/delivering resources. This does away with the need to struggle with multiple players, and supports the easy linking and embedding which … Continue reading SlideShare and YouTube

Last copies

My colleagues (Lynne Connaway, Ed O’Neill and Chandra Prabha) recently did some work with colleagues in Vanderbilt to explore the characteristics of ‘last copies’, items which have only one holding in Worldcat. They have published a paper on the results: Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, Edward T. O’Neill, and Chandra Prabha. 2006. “Last Copies: What’s at Risk?” … Continue reading Last copies