Monthly Archives: February 2009

The centrality of the catalog?

In listening to discussions about the library catalog, I am surprised not to hear more about how the type of library affects our assessment of how central the catalog is to library services or user behaviors. For simplicity sake, think reductively of three categories of library material: bought, licensed and digital. Bought materials (books, DVDs, … Continue reading The centrality of the catalog?

More on repositories and search engines

I referenced a note by Andy Powell on institutional repositories and Google in an earlier post. Herbert Van de Sompel left a comment pointing to a short document he has prepared addressing some of Andy’s concerns based on recent work with OAI-ORE. Here are a couple of the opening paragraphs …. This write-up is an … Continue reading More on repositories and search engines

QOTD: “the occasional young adult Christmas paranormal love story mystery”

The Public Lending Right is a mechanism for distributing funds to authors based on circulation of their books in UK public libraries. It provides an interesting measure of popularity. The PLR has just released the list [pdf] of the highest circulating authors in 2007/2008. James Patterson is now the most circulated author. Before him it … Continue reading QOTD: “the occasional young adult Christmas paranormal love story mystery”

SEI – search engine interoperability

I have used the phrase search engine interoperability in these pages a couple of times. This is a play on search engine optimization, which some do not like (although I think we should not avoid using a standard industry term). We value interoperability in libraries, and I think that a large part of SEO is, … Continue reading SEI – search engine interoperability

Configuration of data curation infrastructure

Further to my remarks about Canadian research data curation of the other day, I was interested to read the following from Chris Rusbridge of the Data Curation Centre. It is clear that a national research data infrastructure is needed, but there are problems with all of the approaches taken so far to address this. Subject … Continue reading Configuration of data curation infrastructure

Name authorities, crowdsourcing, and Máire Mhac an tSaoi

I was sad to read of the death of Conor Cruise O’Brien [Wikipedia, Worldcat Identity] before Christmas. See the obituary in The Times and John Naughton’s note for context. O’Brien was the husband of Máire Mhac an tSaoi, noted scholar, writer and poet in the Irish language. Mhac an tSaoi is known under various permutations … Continue reading Name authorities, crowdsourcing, and Máire Mhac an tSaoi

A signed network presence: people as entry points again

The phrase ‘people are entry points’ has stayed in my mind since I heard Dan Chudnov use it at a meeting a while ago. It tends to occur to me also when I read, as I just have, documents which talk about ‘providers’ and ‘users’ of information, as in many of our more interesting services … Continue reading A signed network presence: people as entry points again

Looking at Darwin

I was interested to look at Charles Darwin’s Worldcat Identity given his bicentenary next week. The event is being widely marked and there is a long list of celebratory activities at Darwin Online, the site of his digitized papers. The year 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species … Continue reading Looking at Darwin

Research data set management

Via Pam Bjornson, Chair, Research Data Strategy Working Group, I learn of a report from Research Data Canada: Stewardship of research data in Canada: a gap analysis [pdf]. The method is interesting: This report provides a statement of the ideal state of research data stewardship in Canada and a description of the current state, as … Continue reading Research data set management

Become a librarian – shortcut

I signed up to GoodReads earlier today to see what it was like. I entered a few books and was interested to try combining some editions. I got this message … I thought this was an interesting choice of words. What can a librarian do? Goodreads members with Librarian Status can edit book and author … Continue reading Become a librarian – shortcut