Monthly Archives: November 2007

Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibligraphic Control

The draft final report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has been made available [PDF] for public comment. Responses are being accepted by the group until December 15, 2007. Different communities of bibliographic practice have grown up around different resource types: library collections of books and journals, archives, journal articles, and … Continue reading Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibligraphic Control

Reading … or not?

Is listening to an audiobook ‘reading’? I remember asking this question at a conference last year and getting some diversity of response. Like many others, our children’s school uses Accelerated Reader. They can do the quizzes on books that they hear in the car as well as on those that they read.

Metadata creation again

Reading the report [PDF] of the RLG Programs metadata practice survey, this quote from a respondent jumped out at me: We use a variety of tools to produce a variety of records. Mature and established systems (such as our ILS) are generally effective. Tools for creation of XML are not as efficient – particularly EAD … Continue reading Metadata creation again

Partial disclosure: looking at catalog completeness in UK libraries

I was interested to read the following in a report just released by the Research Information Network in the UK about the completeness of catalogue coverage of research collections : The study shows significant progress: librarians estimate that 50% of material in their research collections is now covered by online catalogues, compared with 31% five … Continue reading Partial disclosure: looking at catalog completeness in UK libraries

Collection Haiku

Dennis Massie has a nice post over on HangingTogether. A set of Haiku about collections – they relate to issues discussed at a recent planning event about managing collections in changing times. With difficulty, I limit myself to one here: On the library as destination: (End-user POV) Gather my gadgets Destination: library My friends will … Continue reading Collection Haiku

Some notelets on Facebook and the social graph

Some holiday morning notelets …. 1. The social graph in action. I felt a tremor in the social graph this week. A bundle of my Facebook befrienders attended the CETIS conference. I was suddenly aware of status lines, notes, imported blog entries. I had a sense of some of what was discussed and could follow … Continue reading Some notelets on Facebook and the social graph

Logistics and synchronization: making data work harder

Updated: 11/21/07 I have spoken about library logistics before. Logistics is about moving information, materials and services through a network cost-effectively. Resource sharing is supported by a library logistics apparatus. The emerging e-resource discovery to delivery chain, tied together with resolution services, is a logistics challenge. Many of the e-resource management issues are like supply-chain … Continue reading Logistics and synchronization: making data work harder


The whole world seems to have seen that Newsweek is carrying a cover story about Kindle from Amazon 😉 The story is pretty positive. One notable aspect is the tight coupling of the service for delivering ebooks and other materials and the device for presenting them. This is a model we are familiar with from … Continue reading Kindle

A bridge between town and gown

I gave a presentation in the Martin Luther King Jr Library in San Jose during the week. As many readers will know, this library represents an intriguing experiment as it is shared between San Jose Public Libraries and San Jose State University. Welcome to the largest, all-new library west of the Mississippi, an innovative collaboration … Continue reading A bridge between town and gown

John Wilkin’s blog

It is always worth hearing what John Wilkin has to say so I was interested to see that he has begun a blog. He has got off to a good start and has written two intriguing entries which tackle difficult topics with a combination of nuance and authority, scruple and directness. He has also written … Continue reading John Wilkin’s blog