Monthly Archives: May 2008

Workflow is an intermediate consumer

I have been using the following contrast in presentations for a while. This is to make a distinction between library services – or any other service for that matter – in a pre-network age, and such services now. Then: people were prepared to build their workflows around library services. Now: the library must be prepared … Continue reading Workflow is an intermediate consumer


RLUK (Research Libraries UK) is where research libraries in the UK address shared issues. The organization has a new name (previously it was CURL), website, blog, strategic plan [pdf], and vision/mission. The plan identifies six strategic themes: Theme 1 Developing the research library workforce Theme 2 Building the new research information infrastructure Theme 3 Resource … Continue reading RLUK

Mobile access again

My colleague Bruce Washburn sent me a note prompted by the mention here of the NCSU provision for mobile access to the library website and catalog. Bruce worked on mobile access to RedLightGreen some years ago. He also worked on the Worldcat Facebook app. He makes an interesting comparison: We implemented something similar in RedLightGreen … Continue reading Mobile access again

Mobile access

I was interested to come across the provision for mobile access at NCSU Libraries. Here is the library page. Given that one does not want a very long list, it makes for interesting decisions about what is important or of interest to mobile users. “Wolfline status’ gives access to the status of buses on campus … Continue reading Mobile access

A decade of books

The literary festival at Hay-on-Wye is in mid-flow. For unfamiliar readers, Hay is a Welsh town famous for being home to many second-hand bookshops (aka used book stores). It has over thirty bookshops [Wikipedia]. Robert McCrum writes about this, and other, literary festivals in his retrospective review of ten years of books and publishing in … Continue reading A decade of books

Consistent access to French archives and manuscripts

Calames is a recently released catalog of archives and manuscripts in French universities and national institutions. It is provided by Abes, which also provides Sudoc the French universities union catalog. Not only is there a shared public catalog, but Calames supports a shared cataloging environment for the creation of finding aids. Why have a shared … Continue reading Consistent access to French archives and manuscripts

Analytics: mind the gap

In a digital environment our actions shed data which can be collected and mined. We leave traces. In this context it is not surprising that ‘analytics’ has emerged as a central interest. ‘Analytics’ is often used to refer to how organizations analyse the data they collect to improve decisions or performance. This extends to the … Continue reading Analytics: mind the gap

Candidate 2.0 and crowd-funding

It seems clear that the current US primaries represent an important political watershed. I am not talking about race or gender. I am talking about the use of the Internet in campaigning. This was prefigured last go around in Howard Dean’s campaign but this time it is central to Obama’s success. Whatever your political orientation, … Continue reading Candidate 2.0 and crowd-funding


I use the Flock browser as my main work (and home) environment. I like the way it brings gmail. facebook, and my RSS aggregator into the same in-browser environment. I could do other stuff but that is enough to be getting on with. One click and I can look through folks’ status on Facebook. I … Continue reading Flock

Keeping research data

The JISC has made a report on digital preservation costs available. “This study has investigated the medium to long term costs to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the preservation of research data”. One aim was to provide a methodological foundation on research data costs for national and institutional initiatives. Our case studies suggest that the … Continue reading Keeping research data