Monthly Archives: January 2008

Personal reference collections as digital libraries

We will see much more activity connecting user environments and bibliographic resources. I am thinking of citation managers, reading lists, social bookmarking sites (see citulike and unalog) and RSS feeds. Some of these may be specifically supported by the library (e.g. a citation manager service), some may be developed within an academic or scholarly context … Continue reading Personal reference collections as digital libraries

Registries, referrals, resolutions

I have written before about how registries provide ‘intelligence’ in the network. Scalable loose coupling between library services will benefit from good ways to discover those services. The Worldcat Registry includes data for library services (resolver, catalog, virtual reference) which drives Worldcat Local and’s ‘understanding’ of the library network is captured in the … Continue reading Registries, referrals, resolutions

FRBR and Learning Objects (FLOR?)

Phil Barker looks at FRBR in the context of learning object metadata. The proposed object model borrows from the scholarly works application profile (SWAP) application model, which in turn is based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) entity model. The rationale behind this was that, firstly, scholarly works may be considered learning materials … Continue reading FRBR and Learning Objects (FLOR?)

Find the gap

On page 3 of Helen Vendler’s Our secret discipline: Yeats and lyric form I read: And since there is no better motive for writing on a subject than a gap on library shelves, I began in earnest, some years ago, to study Yeats’s lyric style. I wonder is there a potential service here somewhere 😉 … Continue reading Find the gap

QOTD: Joycean comedy

A little off topic for Friday. Will Ferrall accepts the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society (L&H) of University College Dublin: He continued to explain that indeed there are parallels between himself and the great literary author. “James Joyce spent a lot of his life living outside of Ireland. I too have … Continue reading QOTD: Joycean comedy

Newsflash: library changes catalog interface

Columbus does a wonderful job – imho – with libraries and parks. And, as I have mentioned before, we are very lucky to live right beside Whetstone Park and the Whetstone Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Libraries. The Libraries recently introduced an Aquabrowser-based catalog interface, and, hey, it has made the local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch. … Continue reading Newsflash: library changes catalog interface


Library jargon explained: a resource at Swansea University Library and Information Services. Good that they have provided this? Bad that we need it? Call number – The call number, the number placed on the spine of a book, is a code which provides information about the subject of the book and its location in the … Continue reading Jargon

Library process automation: the ecology of providers

Just as I began to see messages about the publication of Marshall Breeding’s report on his survey of library perceptions of their system vendor I was reading The new economics of the BI market by Jerry Held on The Database Column blog. He talks about consolidation within the BI (Business Intelligence) market: “After more than … Continue reading Library process automation: the ecology of providers

QOTD: the bibliographic archipelago

Our bibliographic systems are like an archipelago. Scattered islands which need to be visited individually. In this context I was interested to read Bob Wolven: Now, however, more radical change seems both possible and responsible in light of developments taking place outside library cataloging. The balkanized system that has characterized information retrieval to date—in which … Continue reading QOTD: the bibliographic archipelago

Cataloging and standards

Bob Wolven has an interesting piece in netConnect about cataloging. He mentions our approach to standards, among other things. Perhaps worse, the kind of consensus we have demanded drives us toward complexity. Our libraries acquire a vast and wildly diverse set of resources, yet we insist on treating all of them by the same rules. … Continue reading Cataloging and standards