Monthly Archives: March 2008

Library labs

The National Library of Australia has set up Library Labs: The aim of this wiki space, which we are calling Library Labs, is to let our friends and colleagues know what we are doing, to invite comments, questions and feedback and to provide a space for discussion and collaboration. We are particularly interested in forming … Continue reading Library labs

Book bag blog, book bag blog, book bag blog

And talking about University College Dublin, check out the Book Bag Blog if you want to see pictures of the library book bag in far flung places – and why wouldn’t you ….? Here is an entry on their reader services blog describing it: What have Antarctica, Paris, Munich, Prague and Belfield got in common? … Continue reading Book bag blog, book bag blog, book bag blog

An effective web presence?

The Library at University College Dublin (UCD) invited expressions of interest in a “website and online environment consultancy” a while ago. I thought that the document they prepared as background was nicely done, and that although specific in many ways to UCD it represented a general statement of common issues being addressed by libraries as … Continue reading An effective web presence?


I recently installed the Operator extension in my browser. Operator leverages microformats and other semantic data that are already available on many web pages to provide new ways to interact with web services. [Operator :: Firefox Add-ons] Interesting to see it in action on the JISC National eBooks Observatory page above. It recognizes address and … Continue reading Microformats

You’re so vain … you probably want to look at your h-index

And speaking of Elsevier, several colleagues and I received an email invitation from “the Scopus team” to look at our h-index [Wikipedia entry] on our very own Scopus profile page. Here is some of the text from the invitation: The h-index * can help you evaluate and benchmark your research output and that of your … Continue reading You’re so vain … you probably want to look at your h-index

Free and not free

Chris Anderson introduces the themes of his new book, Free, in the current issue of Wired. You know this freaky land of free as the Web. A decade and a half into the great online experiment, the last debates over free versus pay online are ending. In 2007 The New York Times went free; this … Continue reading Free and not free

The times they are a changin’

I had to smile at these couple of reports from SXSW in the NYT ArtsBeat blog about technology and what it calls ‘rock elders’ Sometimes you can mark a generation gap with gizmos. At any SXSW event, a significant part of the audience is texting, taking digital pictures, or talking on a cell phone. It … Continue reading The times they are a changin’

Audience level

We have updated the audience level experimental service pages. In this initiative we are using the pattern of holdings across different types of libraries (school, research, etc) to give a ‘hint’ about the level of interest of an item (juvenile, research/specialist, …). You can read more about how we calculate the levels on the project … Continue reading Audience level


Raymond Yee is the originator of the useful triple “gather, create, share“, and is known for his work on the Scholar’s Box. He lectures at the UC Berkeley School of Information. I have just got a copy of his book: Yee, Raymond. Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services. Berkeley, CA: Apress, 2008. … Continue reading Mashups

Small notes on variably sized conferences

I withdrew from a commitment to the BCLA conference a couple of months ago. This is not something I did lightly or do often and I apologize to Penny Swanson who nominated me and to the organizers. A clash with some other events emerged. I am pleased that my colleague Jim Michalko was able to … Continue reading Small notes on variably sized conferences