Monthly Archives: December 2008

Liber shifts gears

And speaking of the Liber Quarterly, it is good to see that they have made it freely available on the web. It will be interesting to see if we now come across more references to it. My colleague Ricky Erway has an article in the current issue. This provides an overview of the recent Shifting … Continue reading Liber shifts gears

Library value

We are seeing more interest in demonstrating value. Here are two rather different items on this topic. The first is an article on ROI in the current LIBER Quarterly by Paula Kaufman, Dean of Libraries at UIUC. University administrators are asking library directors to demonstrate their library’s value to the institution in easily articulated quantitative … Continue reading Library value

Holiday greeting

It’s time for the OCLC Research holiday card. Check it out here, and make sure to click on the reindeer for holiday reading/listening/viewing suggestions.

Discovery to delivery

I guess that Discovery to delivery, and the related discover, locate, request, deliver, might be characterised bemes, maybe somewhat old in the tooth bemes. A beme is a purposeful or business meme, an idea which is memorably

It’s not there …

I was going to do a short entry quoting from Benjamin Schwartz’s review of David Thompson’s Have you seen? : a personal introduction to 1,000 films in the November issue of the Atlantic. I went looking for it a few days ago but there appeared to be a mistake: the photo and title were for … Continue reading It’s not there …

Centering the decentralized identity …

Andy Powell, network resident, has an interesting post about his ‘fractured’ network identity. How does he define identity? “Digital identity is the online representation of an individual within a community, as adopted by that individual and/or projected by others. An individual may have multiple digital identities in multiple communities.” [Andy Powell, eFoundations] He describes how … Continue reading Centering the decentralized identity …

Edublog awards

I was pleased to see that this blog was nominated in the Best Librarian/Library Blog category for the 2008 Edublog award. I notice that my former colleagues, Brian Kelly and Andy Powell/Pete Johnston, are nominated in the educational tech support category for the UK Web Focus and eFoundations blogs respectively. Go on over and have … Continue reading Edublog awards

Penguin dating

I have just come across PenguinDating “where book lovers meet”, a partnership between Penguin and match.com. You can go on singles nights in libraries and there’s even a hybrid speed-dating book club in a pub. Here at Penguin Books we’ve teamed up with match.com to create penguindating.co.uk. You can be intrigued, perplexed, turned off or … Continue reading Penguin dating

Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons

An announcement from Das Bundesarchiv (German National Archive) and Wikimedia Commons: Starting on Thursday Dec 4, 2008, Wikimedia Commons will witness a massive upload of new images. We are anticipating about 100,000 files from a donation from the German Federal Archive. These images are mostly related to the history of Germany (including the German Democratic … Continue reading Das Bundesarchiv and Wikimedia Commons

The changing education experience

The Guardian published a supplement on the ‘digital student’ the other day. There is some general context and there is a range of short pieces on specific approaches or projects. This is all written for a general audience so there is no great detail and it is quite anecdotal. As context, there is an interview … Continue reading The changing education experience