Monthly Archives: March 2008


I was interested to receive on the same day two reports: Preservation in the age of large-scale digitization: a white paper by Oya Rieger The preservation of digital materials by Priscilla Caplan The latter is a succinct overview of preservation issues and initiatives. The former

Blog roll

Here are some blogs of potential interest, two from OCLC and one from JISC. From OCLC: The Developers’ Network blog This provide updates about services which allow applications integrate OCLC services and data. And Andrew Pace reappears in a new location: Hectic Pace JISC now has a blog from the Information Environment Team, which, if … Continue reading Blog roll

Churnalism: link baiting list of 50 most influential blogs

Today’s Observer has a list of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs. There is no indication of how it was put together. I wasn’t familiar with all of the 50. No great surprises in the top few (Huffington, Boing Boing, Techcrunch, Kottke). I was surprised to see Crooked Timber on the list at number 33. … Continue reading Churnalism: link baiting list of 50 most influential blogs

Engaging academic users in a library service

OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) has released a nice white paper which discusses issues in providing an end-user access environment for its shared resources, and more interestingly, how that environment engages with the behaviors and expectations of its academic users. This document (pdf) was created to highlight opportunities and drive discussion for the OCUL … Continue reading Engaging academic users in a library service

Book search and glanceability

Somebody I was talking to recently mentioned that they liked they way Microsoft implemented book search. In particular they mentioned the visual presentation of where in a book matched search terms occurred. I had a look. Here is a screen capture of the first result in a search done this afternoon Ireland and globalization. It … Continue reading Book search and glanceability

The two ways of Web 2.0

I find Web 2.0 increasingly confusing as a label; no surprise there. This is not just because of its essential vagueness, but because I think it tends to be used in a couple of very different ways. Where this happens there is bound to be some confusion. Schematically, I will use the labels ‘diffusion’ and … Continue reading The two ways of Web 2.0