Monthly Archives: July 2007

Web world

I answered a short questionnaire the other day on libraries and technology. I found myself wanting to rewrite some of the questions to avoid the sense they gave of technology as an external agent acting on libraries. Libraries are co-evolving with people’s behaviors which are themselves being reconfigured in a network environment. Technology is not … Continue reading Web world

Slow down

Several things have meant that blogging has been a bit slow the last week or two. However, I notice from the stats that the daily average number of visits so far this month has been the highest since I started. Clearly, for maximum traffic I should stop posting altogether 😉 It must be the comment … Continue reading Slow down

QOTD: digital backfence, third place and fad of the day

It seems to me that whether or not Facebook is in our future, some form of the social experiences it enables will be. Susan Mernit has a nice post which acknowledges that it may be a fad, but goes on to explain some of its appeal. And it clearly has strong appeal! When I am … Continue reading QOTD: digital backfence, third place and fad of the day

QOTD: Beckham and Shaw

Beckham adjusts … linguistically: After the family the most important thing is the foot… is the soccer.”Old habits die hard for LA Galaxy new boy David Beckham. [BBC SPORT | Fun and Games | Quotes of the Week] Interestingly, Beckham was mentioned in the report on Cultural Diplomacy I discussed the other day. He will … Continue reading QOTD: Beckham and Shaw

Microsoft in the cloud

There is a short piece about Microsoft plans for network level services on CNET. Not much detail and still indicating a direction rather than reporting a lot to look at. Nevertheless, it is an interesting direction. Microsoft is in the early stages of a plan that will see virtually its entire lineup of underlying Internet … Continue reading Microsoft in the cloud

Levels of participation Collaborate is a prototype social networking site for UK education. Meeting best practice, it describes itself with three verbs: find, share, organize. Predictably, one might ask whether this is a natural venue for participation. Given network-level services like Facebook or Delicious, or domain specific initiatives (such as those Nature is building: for a recent … Continue reading Levels of participation

Narnia, memory organizations and public diplomacy

Cultural diplomacy is a report from the UK think tank Demos which I finally read on a plane ride this week. It talks about the role of cultural institutions and manifestations in international relations and,while charting international differences of approach, notes that cultural diplomacy is sometimes underappreciated as a ‘soft’ influencer. The report talks about … Continue reading Narnia, memory organizations and public diplomacy


Alma Swan has an interesting post discussing the value added by the publisher in copy editing and concludes that it is … variable. She notes a publisher study: Wates and Campbell looked at copy editing changes carried out on a set of science, humanities and social science articles at Blackwell Publishing (as was) and reported … Continue reading References


That image thing again … ON a Sunday night last month at Daddy’s, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, more than a dozen people in their 20s and 30s gathered at a professional soiree, drinking frozen margaritas and nibbling store-bought cookies. With their thrift-store inspired clothes and abundant tattoos, they looked as if they could be … Continue reading Image

The network reconfigures the library systems environment

One of the main issues facing libraries as they work to create richer user services is the complexity of their systems environment. Consider these pictures which I have been using in presentations for a while now. Reductively, we can think of three classes of systems – (1) the classic ILS focused on ‘bought’ materials, (2) … Continue reading The network reconfigures the library systems environment