Monthly Archives: November 2006

Children’s book week …

To mark Children’s Book Week folks here at OCLC are talking about children’s books that mean something to them Here are two I like ….. The Wool-pack One of the first ‘long’ books I remember reading was The Wool-pack by Cynthia Harnett; the richness of its historical description made a lasting impression. This was first … Continue reading Children’s book week …

Web services

I have a short article about web services and some of the work OCLC Research has done in this area in the current issue of Next Space, the OCLC newsletter. There is also a general article by my colleague Tom Storey about ‘moving to the network level’. Thanks to Science Library Pad for reminding me … Continue reading Web services

Library systems world

It is surprising to me that there is not more discussion in the library community about the structure of the industry which supports it. Sure, there are complaints about ILS vendors, and some discussion about publishers, but very little about broader structural issues, especially as see change all around. Andrew Pace is somebody who is … Continue reading Library systems world


For those interested in current developments with RDA (that’s AACR3 to you), Ann Chapman has a nice article in the current issue of Ariadne. William Denton mentions it and remarks on Ann’s title: Interoperability Focus Officer. Ann works at UKOLN. Brian Kelly also works at UKOLN. His title is UK Web Focus, a post he … Continue reading Focus

The Browne Issue System and the reordering of experience

I was looking for a description of the Browne Issue System because I wanted to do an entry about it and avoid having to describe it. The State Library of Queensland provides a description. Briefly, a reader has several tickets, each with a pocket. Each book has an associated card, with some bibliographic detail and … Continue reading The Browne Issue System and the reordering of experience

Speedy …

I find that I use Technorati less these days than Google Blogsearch and Bloglines/Ask for looking at blog stuff. This is not to do with poorer results. It is to do with speed: Technorati makes you wait for a moment. And I don’t like waiting. I was interested to see the report of Marissa Mayer’s … Continue reading Speedy …

QOTD: Wikipedia for study

Hitwise has an interesting analyis of seasonal patterns of web traffic traffic. What I noticed was how Wikipedia use was influenced by the academic cycle. Notice the increase in visits to Wikipedia in May (during finals) and slight decline during the summer months. YouTube overtook Wikipedia in market share in August, but as soon as … Continue reading QOTD: Wikipedia for study

Metadata …

Günter has a nice entry on metadata and explores correspondences across the GLAM sectors – libraries, archives and museums. He notes a specific content type in each domain, bibliographic, archival, and material culture, respectively. Then he compares the metadata stack for each type of material, using a useful typology: data structure (e.g. MARC), data content … Continue reading Metadata …

The Browne Issue System and public transport

I mentioned the Brown(e) Issue system below, and noted that there was not a wikipedia entry for it. A couple of interesting things. Tom Roper pointed out that it is indeed Browne and not Brown as I typed, and points to Harrod’s glossary to provide some description. Interestingly, a search on the Browne Issue System … Continue reading The Browne Issue System and public transport

How quickly they forget

Wikipedia has let me down, I fear. I was looking for a brief description of the Brown Issue System. Nope. Not there. Indeed, a search on Google produces remarkably few results. Here is a brief description from one document found: With the very widely used Brown issue system, for instance, when a book was borrowed … Continue reading How quickly they forget