Monthly Archives: October 2007

Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world

The latest OCLC report to the membership, Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world, is now available. The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of library directors from the U.S. … Continue reading Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world

QOTD: I spy

From the BBC this morning: A British intelligence agency has targeted a new generation of recruits by advertising in computer games. The Cheltenham-based surveillance service GCHQ hopes to attract the attention of “tech-savvy” gamers. Adverts featuring the GCHQ website are on billboards within Xbox 360 games such as Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Enemy Territory: … Continue reading QOTD: I spy

The special web

Quantity has a quality all its own. A focus on quality is one reason that libraries, archives and museums have not moved their collections in large quantities to the web. This reduces their visibility and impact as the web becomes central to research, learning and civic engagement. Scale matters, and fragmented small-scale activities do not … Continue reading The special web

Names, names, names, …..

Name authority files are often national in scope and will be created under different policy regimes. This is the rationale for VIAF (the Virtual International Authority File). Thom and colleagues have just made a prototype VIAF system available. Read more about VIAF on the project page: The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the Library of Congress, the Bibliothèque … Continue reading Names, names, names, …..

Processes and repositories

I find it convenient to think about current library systems activities in terms of support for three materials workflows: bought/print materials, licensed/electronic materials, and digital/digitized materials. This is being pragmatic rather than pure, and is open to challenge on many grounds. I have discussed these at more length here, and suggested some ways in which … Continue reading Processes and repositories


The things that are interesting…. 😉 See Andy Powell and Jon Udell on the Facebook/Twitter syntactic schISm.

Personal collections

We have become used to managing collections of digital resources: images, music, citations. Zotero is one response to the question of how we will manage collections of scholarly resources. Raymond Yee’s suggestive triple does good service describing the motivation: we want to be able to easily gather, create, and share resources. This general question has … Continue reading Personal collections

Liberals, again

So here is a chart showing the choices made by those of my Facebook ‘friends’ who chose to disclose political preferences in their profiles. As I suggested the other day one would expect a ‘liberal’ emphasis in the library community. Although I wonder what the distribution is among those who chose not to disclose. In … Continue reading Liberals, again


Facebook invites participants to disclose their political views. Different national contexts are shaped by different political forces. The Facebook selection represents a US view of those forces. Take ‘liberal’ for example. As expected, most folks in the library community self-disclose as ‘liberal’ or ‘very liberal’. However, ‘liberal’ is a rather complex word. See for example … Continue reading Liberals

Organized, internationally

There was some discussion a while ago in various places about the relative merits of bookstore and public library shelf organization. I was thinking of this as I was looking at music in Borders earlier today. Borders used to have Irish music in a section called World. Now they have a new section called International. … Continue reading Organized, internationally