Monthly Archives: July 2008

Library APIs

Building on some work by Owen Stephens, Roy has created a list of library APIs, or APIs of potential interest to library applications. It is in early stages and he welcomes suggestions for addition.

“Metadata tends to get more complicated the longer you think about it”

Something of a virtuoso performance from Andy Powell: Does Metadata Matter?. This a 30 minute slidecast (using 130 slides), based on a seminar I gave to Eduserv staff yesterday lunchtime. It tries to cover a broad sweep of history from library cataloguing, thru the Dublin Core, Web search engines, IEEE LOM, the Semantic Web, arXiv, … Continue reading “Metadata tends to get more complicated the longer you think about it”

The future of bibliographic control and the OCLC/ALISE research grants

Each year we collaborate with ALISE to award several research grants. Check out the details page: Full-time academic faculty (or equivalent) in schools of library and information science are eligible to apply. OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and collaborative projects under this program. To aid new researchers, priority will be given when possible to … Continue reading The future of bibliographic control and the OCLC/ALISE research grants

Libraries and the interweb

Nick Carr has made a list of his favorite ‘album’ of each year since 1966. Some more detail: Over at The Gaping Silence, Phil Edwards picks up the challenge of listing “a favorite album for every year of your life.” I’m definitely game for this game, though, like Phil and for precisely the same reason, … Continue reading Libraries and the interweb

Disclosure and diffusion – synchronization and syndication

David Bigwood on his blog stats: Making your content available in more places makes metrics hard. Before Bloglines, Google Reader, Facebook Blog Network, Planet Catalog, and all the rest I could get a feel for the number of readers. Didn’t matter too much to me, this is done for my own benefit as well as … Continue reading Disclosure and diffusion – synchronization and syndication

QOTD: perpetually engulfed by books …

Writing about the history of Cambridge University Library, David McKitterick [Worldcat identity; Worldcat search] says: There is one simple lesson to be learned from studying library history. Those administering, and those using, libraries have almost invariably faced a growth of knowledge, reflected in increasing numbers of books, that threatens to engulf each succeeding generation. [History … Continue reading QOTD: perpetually engulfed by books …

Pogue songs

Jim Michalko describes a talk by David Pogue of the NYT at the American Association of Law Libraries meeting and finishes by pointing to an entertaining video. Rather than using the end of his session for questions he walked over to an electronic piano keyboard and performed three parody songs about technology – iTunes (to … Continue reading Pogue songs

Name authorities

Libraries have invested significantly in name authority work over the years, and have created extensive infrastructure to help manage names of people and organizations. The relationship between this work and broader interest in this topic is something that will need to be addressed in coming years if this work is to continue to have utility. … Continue reading Name authorities


Atlas Systems is one of those smaller companies in the libraries marketplace who provides niche solutions. The are probably best known for the Illiad resource sharing software. However, they also provide an interesting system in a new application area … Aeon offers a circulation management system that enables special collections libraries and archives to provide … Continue reading Aeon

Institutional social networks

Tony Hirst has an interesting post pointing to Ning-based institutional social networks at The University of Wales, Newport, and at The University of Bradford. He cites some colleagues reporting “Yeah, it’s happening all over the place”. As Tony points out the Bradford site is part of a more general online student support system, Develop me. … Continue reading Institutional social networks