Monthly Archives: December 2007

Dame Lynne Brindley

Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, joins Helen Mirren and Judi Dench as a Dame of the British Empire. This recognition is for ‘services to education’ in the UK New Year honours list. This is great news for Lynne, the British Library and UK libraries generally. The success of the British Library, the … Continue reading Dame Lynne Brindley


In libraries we worship interoperability, in the abstract at least. We believe it is an unalloyed good. My snappy interoperability tag is “recombinant potential”: things are interoperable to the extent that they are capable of being combined or recombined with other things. We are traveling with a laptop, head phones, two cell phones, a Blackberry, … Continue reading Interoperability?

Got a problem? Got an answer?

I was interested to receive a note about the new Pew study [pdf] on how people go about solving problems involving information needs. It was interesting to see the positive message about libraries. The survey results challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half … Continue reading Got a problem? Got an answer?

End of year randomness

I am in Ireland and am traveling over the holiday period so there is unlikely to be much posting until I am back at work in the New Year. Incidentally, I picked up a nifty Fujifilm “world adaptor and USB charger” in JFK en route which – on the basis of a couple of days … Continue reading End of year randomness

Worldcat in Facebook

It is nice to see the Worldcat application for Facebook. Look out for additional features over time.


Driving to yet another shopping opportunity this evening, I heard a story about ‘e-prescriptions’ on NPR. I was gobsmacked, as they say, when I heard a snippet from John Kerry, which included the word, interoperability, yes, that’s interoperability. I looked up the transcript later: “We have the technology. We have the interoperability. We know how … Continue reading Interoperability

The Code4Lib Journal

Best wishes for success to a new arrival, The Code4Lib journal. The Code4Lib Journal project aspires to balance a variety of sometimes competing goals. We want to provide quality articles providing useful information and discussion on bringing library technology into the future. We want every article to be a useful intervention into our communities of … Continue reading The Code4Lib Journal

Moving to the network level

It was an interesting week for announcements about network level services. Amazon announced SimpleDB: Amazon SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time. This service works in close conjunction with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), collectively providing the ability to store, … Continue reading Moving to the network level

QOTD: a feed-based universe

The BBC website is a major network hub. It has been through a redesign and a beta site is available for inspection. The home ‘page’ becomes a “page composition layer”. From a conceptual point of view, the widgetization adopted by Facebook, iGoogle and netvibes weighed strongly on our initial thinking. We wanted to build the … Continue reading QOTD: a feed-based universe

Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control

I am one of the two ‘at large’ members of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. A draft final report for comment was released a while ago and today is the final day for responses. Karen Calhoun submitted a comment [PDF] on behalf of OCLC yesterday. Update: Prompted by a query: … Continue reading Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control