Monthly Archives: January 2009

Reading, skimming, avoiding …

I have been meaning to mention Carole Palmer’s observation that we are seeing ‘reading avoidance’ as an emerging behavior among researchers, as they increasingly depend on abstracts, citations, and other reading cues and clues to ‘avoid’ full engagement with the materials themselves. Here is what I wrote in my recent piece on mobile communications in … Continue reading Reading, skimming, avoiding …

Google Book Search and Libraries

My colleague Ricky Erway has distilled material relevant to libraries from the proposed Google agreement with the APA and Authors’ Guild. Now I’m not a lawyer (and I’ve had that confirmed by our folks in legal) and not even a little lawyer-like, but I read the settlement agreement, most of the appendices (I mean, really, … Continue reading Google Book Search and Libraries

Hiccups

Apologies for any hiccups while we updated the blog software over the last few days. This blog runs on a local instance of Movable Type. As I suggested when talking about online identity the other day, I might have set it up on an externally hosted system if done today. However, there are now over … Continue reading Hiccups

Affinity strings, personalization and recommendation

I heard about ‘affinity strings’ on a visit to Minnesota some time ago. I was pleased to see that they have written up what they are doing in the recent issue of The Code4Lib Journal: The University of Minnesota Libraries have created a MyLibrary portal, with databases and e-journals targeted to users, based on their … Continue reading Affinity strings, personalization and recommendation

QOTD: News futures and brands of one

Michael Hirschorn speculates about the future of the New York Times in The Atlantic. Update: Perhaps the introduction of Bono as an occasional NYT op ed writer is a sign of things to come. The Guardian news blog summarises responses to Bono as a journalist. I like the phrase “brands of one” to describe high … Continue reading QOTD: News futures and brands of one

Bibliotherapy at the School of Life

If you visit the School of Life, you might stay a while; its tagline is “ideas to live by”. Useful services include sermons you can listen to and experts you can talk to on the big questions of life. What was really interesting were the Bibliotherapy services. Unfortunately, we didn’t know about this before Christmas … Continue reading Bibliotherapy at the School of Life

Always on: libraries in a world of permanent connectivity

The January issue of First Monday has appeared and I am pleased to have an article in it about libraries and mobile communications. Here is the abstract: Mobile communication has been more widely adopted more quickly than any other technology ever (Castells, et al., 2007). It represents a diffusion of communications and computational capacity into … Continue reading Always on: libraries in a world of permanent connectivity

Holiday note 3: knitting a web presence

I find website appearance both more and less important, as I suggested in a post a couple of years ago (although it seems only like a couple of months ago ;-). Less important because I now experience many sites as part of the feed-based universe which makes up much of my information consumption. I ‘look’ … Continue reading Holiday note 3: knitting a web presence