Monthly Archives: February 2007

Self disclosure

In several venues recently I have suggested that it would be useful to do some content analysis on various documents to see how institutions are describing themselves, their priorities, their relationships and so on. I am thinking of strategy documents, annual reports, but also things like websites, organizational charts and job adverts. I know that … Continue reading Self disclosure

Worldcat Identities

I have been looking forward to mentioning Worldcat Identities. Thom describes the background here. This is very nice work by Thom and his colleagues. This initiative mines Worldcat for individual identities and creates a page for each. There are a lot of nice features on each page. Here are some of the names I have … Continue reading Worldcat Identities

Libraries and library buildings

Germaine Greer talks about her favorite word, library. Every now and then a writer will be asked to nominate a favourite word, and out will come “magenta” or “elfin” or “thrash” or whatever else floats up through the murk. Writers cannot have favourite words because every word in its proper place is perfect, but, if … Continue reading Libraries and library buildings

NFX: Weinberger interviews O’Reilly

David Weinberger has a nice hotel lobby interview with Tim O’Reilly on the FastForward Blog (which is devoted to Enterprise 2.0 discussions). Tim O’Reilly, creator of the Web 2.0 meme, says that organizations have been slow to understand how “network effects” can benefit their business if applied internally as well as externally. As customers add … Continue reading NFX: Weinberger interviews O’Reilly

It’s a small(ish) world

George Bernard Shaw is famously said to have said that England and America were countries separated by a common language (of course, Shaw was neither English nor American). Here are a couple of very small things that I ran into recently, not about language as such but about little cultural separations. A little off-topic, but … Continue reading It’s a small(ish) world

Wikipedia again: an addressable knowledge base

Sometimes when you write something, related stuff just piles up. So I did a note on Wikipedia the other day. Then I was looking at an announcement on the University of Edinburgh’s site about The British Academy Warton Lecture on Poetry, to be given this year on Yeats by his biographer Roy Foster. A distinguished … Continue reading Wikipedia again: an addressable knowledge base

QOTD: Wikipedia

John Sutherland writes about the decision of history faculty at Middlebury College to bar students from citing Wikipedia in their work. As it happens, I think the Middlebury decision is wrong. They should, I think, have put together an introductory course on ‘scepticism’, illustrated by Wikipedia entries good and bad, containing advice on how to … Continue reading QOTD: Wikipedia

Groups: Deff report

The role of the ‘group’ level in library matters is an interesting one, and one which – it seems to me – is becoming more important in the network environment. The cost and complexity of providing some services locally is pushing attention to the network level, where there may be benefits of scale and network … Continue reading Groups: Deff report


Each year, in association with ALISE, OCLC makes several grants to faculty at schools of library and information science to assist them with their research. Check out the successful candidates for this year, and see what work has been supported in previous years.

Libraries, Carnegie and Gates

Vista is here and here are a couple of videos to mark it ….. Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK, introduced Bill Gates at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe 2007 in Edinburgh during the week. He spoke about philanthropy and began by invoking the Scot Andrew Carnegie and his support … Continue reading Libraries, Carnegie and Gates