Monthly Archives: January 2007

Standards for D2D

JISC, ALPSP, Crossref, and The Publishers’ Association sponsored a conference – Discovery and access – standards and the information chain – in December. The proceedings are now available, as is a summary. This is really an excellent set of presentations from knowledgeable presenters, and they all repay reading. I was interested to see ‘disclosure’ used … Continue reading Standards for D2D

Library blogging

Walt does a nice job describing Michael Sauer’s Blogging and RSS: a librarians guide (here and here). I too was pleased to receive a copy over the holiday period. I should not have been so formal in my interview responses 😉 As I say in the book, I tend to cycle through blogs. I will … Continue reading Library blogging

Nelsonville catalog

Mentioning Koha the other day reminded me that I have used the Nelsonville Public Library catalog in a couple of recent presentations. It serves Athens County in South East Ohio and uses Koha. See the entry for this title: The art of Richard Diebenkorn. They provide access to Amazon search inside the book, reviews and … Continue reading Nelsonville catalog

Airplane reading: smelling the wine

A busy week with a trip at the end meant little posting. Here is a note on travel reading. I received When red is black by Qiu Xiaolong over Christmas and finished it on the way back from New York City yesterday evening. Chen, the detective with literary interests is reflecting on the emergence of … Continue reading Airplane reading: smelling the wine

Open source interconnections

I was interested to come across Equinox Systems this morning: Created by the same team who planted the seed of Evergreen and grew it into a full-featured library automation system, Equinox Software is the only choice for the experience and expertise you need from your Evergreen development, support and integration team. Drawing on proven real-world … Continue reading Open source interconnections

QOTD: getting in the flow

Niall Kennedy argues that ‘search is not a zero switch cost’. Even if a strong competitor emerges for Google they will have to do quite a bit of work given the steps Google has taken to embed itself in various user flows: Google is spending billions to integrate its search products into the Apple operating … Continue reading QOTD: getting in the flow

Intentional data, and book sales

I wrote about intentional data the other day. Here is a small example I have just come across. Tim O’Reilly is talking about Asterisk, an open source PBX solution. he wonders why it is not more discussed. It seems a bit like the early days of things like Perl and Linux, when they were happening … Continue reading Intentional data, and book sales

Web scale

I like the expression web-scale. It is used heavily by Amazon and others in discussion of their ‘platform’ services like S3 and EC2. Here is a description of EC2, Amazon’s on-demand computing infrastructure: Call it “utility computing” or “Web-scale computing” or “on-demand infrastructure.” Whatever the case, Amazon is hoping that its new EC2 (Elastic Compute … Continue reading Web scale

Justifying your place on the shelves

The Washington Post is carrying a story on collection development at Fairfax County Public Library. Collection development? Well, the hook is more their ‘data driven’ policy on discards. “We’re being very ruthless,” said Sam Clay, director of the 21-branch system since 1982. “A book is not forever. If you have 40 feet of shelf space … Continue reading Justifying your place on the shelves