Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hot air … thoughts from a blog bore

I fear that I am becoming a blog bore! At work, I find myself often wanting to say, and sometimes actually saying, “as I said in my blog entry the other day …”. Now, I am a bit self-conscious about this. If I don’t say anything, and somebody has read the blog entry, they may … Continue reading Hot air … thoughts from a blog bore

We enjoy visiting with our users while there is no place like home

How libraries reach into the flow of their users has been one of the recurrent themes of this blog. Recently, I have been interested to see libraries begin to systematise this and to understand the issues around particular approaches. I mentioned the National Library of Scotland’s presence on YouTube the other day, and a comment … Continue reading We enjoy visiting with our users while there is no place like home

Class numbers on works

Classify is a protoype service which provides a snapshot of what class numbers (DDC, LCC, NLM) have been assigned to works in Worldcat. The records are grouped using the OCLC FRBR Work-Set algorithm resulting in a work-level summary of the class numbers assigned a title. You can retrieve a classification summary by ISBN, ISSN, UPC, … Continue reading Class numbers on works

Changing research behaviors and libraries

Libraries are not ends in themselves, although it is tempting to talk about them as if they are. They support research, learning, civic engagement, personal development, …. This means that it is as important, or more important, to understand how technology is impacting those behaviors as it is to understand how technology is impacting libraries … Continue reading Changing research behaviors and libraries

Terminology services

During the deliberations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (of which I was a member) there was quite a bit of discussion about ‘webifying’ (or ‘webulating’, to use the phrase of my colleague Stu Weibel) library terminology and authority resources. What this meant in practice was left vague. … Continue reading Terminology services

Uniform titles

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, librarian and writer, has a review of The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel in today’s Irish Times. Mirroring what an eclectic, beautiful library is like, this volume assembles its reflections in a systematic way, under 15 uniform titles, ranked up like handsome spines, all in a row: The Library as Myth, … Continue reading Uniform titles

Book covers and Piclens

The recent discussion of book covers as interface components on the ngc4lib list provides an opportunity to mention PicLens, a utility that is has been creating a lot of interest recently. According to its creators, CoolIris, PicLens provides an “immersive full-screen experience for viewing photos and videos”. It is available as a browser plugin, and … Continue reading Book covers and Piclens

Research Repository Systems

Chris Rusbridge writes about Research Repository Systems: I promised to be more specific about what I would like to see in repositories that presented more value for less work overall, by offering facilities that allow it to become part of the researcher’s workflow. I’m going to refer to this as “the Research Repository System (RRS)” … Continue reading Research Repository Systems

A ‘shop window’ to the National Library of Scotland

I enjoyed a visit to The National Library of Scotland (NLS) a while ago. The NLS has an area on YouTube, showing videos from the Scottish Screen Archive. Here is a link to an interesting video (embedding is disabled) which is rather more engaging than its description suggests 😉 This short clip from the film … Continue reading A ‘shop window’ to the National Library of Scotland

QOTD: The cornerstone of the University

Consider the following quote ….. The role of the library in the university is being transformed. Information technology is shaping both the practice of scholarly inquiry and the daily routine of students and faculty, while library services are becoming more client-focused and more integrated into teaching, learning, and research activities. Demands for technology-related services, the … Continue reading QOTD: The cornerstone of the University