Monthly Archives: July 2007

Bibliographic fore-understanding

On the website of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control … A webcast of the third meeting, the topic of which was economic and organizational issues. For those few who do not have the time or the inclination to experience the full range of presentations ;-), there seemed to be widespread … Continue reading Bibliographic fore-understanding

Top ten tools

Jane Hart is compiling a list of the top tools folks use in their learning and working lives. It is aggregated from the top tens of contributors active in e-learning. It is broadly what you would expect near the top, with Firefox, Skype, Delicious and Google stuff heading the list. Some of the individual lists … Continue reading Top ten tools

QOTD: Top economists publish less in reviewed journals?

MIT economist Glen Ellison writes: I started this paper by pointing out two trends: economists in several highly-regarded departments are publishing fewer papers in the top field journals; and Harvard’s economics department is also publishing fewer papers in the top general interest journals. Several pieces of evidence bolster the view that one factor contributing to … Continue reading QOTD: Top economists publish less in reviewed journals?

Sxip this

I installed Sxipper a few days ago. Sxipper is a free Firefox extension that saves you time on the web, enabling you to easily control the release and management of your identity data. With a single click, Sxipper is trained to securely log you in with a username or an Identity 2.0 authentication mechanism such … Continue reading Sxip this

Is that a library in your pocket?

Looking through the presentations at the JISC digitisation conference, I was interested to read the following prediction from Peter Kaufman [ppt]: Over the next 13 years: an iPod or a device its size will be able to hold: a year’s worth of video (8,760 hours) by 2012 (5 years from now) all the commercial music … Continue reading Is that a library in your pocket?

The amplified conference

It is interesting to watch how more conferences are amplifying their effect through a variety of network tools and collateral communications. Stuart Dempster of JISC has just sent me a note about the recently held JISC e-Content Symposium (see reports of discussion on the Strategic Content Alliance blog) and associated Digitisation Conference. Check out reports … Continue reading The amplified conference

Why business thinking is not the answer

One of the business best-sellers in recent years was Good to great: if you have been in an airport in the last couple of years, you are sure to have seen it 😉 A while ago Jim Collins produced Good to great and the social sectors. In this he takes a look at not-for-profit and … Continue reading Why business thinking is not the answer

Bright is the old gray

Reading Walt’s latest Cites and Insights this jumped out at me: I believe that gray literature—blogs, this ejournal, a few similar publications and some lists—represents the most compelling and worthwhile literature in the library field today. [Cites & Insights 7:9 – On the Literatyre] Gray? Gray! Blogs, reports published on the web, web journals: these … Continue reading Bright is the old gray

Networkflows: a couple of pointers

One of the phrases I have been using quite a bit over the last while is ‘in the flow’. Libraries are exploring how to build services around the ‘networkflow’ of their users, and not always expecting people to build their workflows around the library. A couple of things related to new environments …. 1. I … Continue reading Networkflows: a couple of pointers


A little off topic, but here is a post for the night that is in it …. We live in Clintonville, Columbus, among whose amenities are the independent Cover to Cover bookstore for children and the independent Studio 35 movie theater (picture) (where you can have beer and pizza while watching movies). Eoghan and I … Continue reading HP