Monthly Archives: March 2009

What’s on your mind …

Ohio State, our neighbors to the South, have a nice tag cloud feature on their home page. I am not sure how they are generating it, but they have clouds based on the behavior of different classes of audience. Here are students … Here are faculty/staff … Update: I see that the ‘clouds’ show most … Continue reading What’s on your mind …

Book covers and the scholarly record

There have been various discussions among research libraries recently about the management of the collective print collection as pressures on library space coincide with shifting research and learning behaviors in a network environment. This will create interesting questions about preserving the print scholarly record over the next few years: what combination of agencies should be … Continue reading Book covers and the scholarly record

The intrusion of ads

We are now used to seeing ads on web pages, and it seems quite normal. In fact, occasionally, they are even interesting or useful. And Google is certainly working hard to make them even more so. Tom Wilson has published Information Research for many years … Information Research, is an open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly … Continue reading The intrusion of ads

The archived website as historical document

Presentations from the JISC conference last week are now available on the website. I attended the session on web archiving and was struck by the presentation by Niels Brügger (PDF of session here; he begins at page 64). Kevin Ashley’s overview of institutional issues and Paul Cunnea’s discussion of national web-archiving issues were also interesting. … Continue reading The archived website as historical document


I spent much of last week in Edinburgh for the JISC Conference, of which maybe more later. JISC has a heavy communications component and strongly encourages ‘amplification‘ of conference activity through blogging, Twitter, video streaming, and so on. This might be one reason that discussions about Twitter are what I most remember of the event, … Continue reading Twitterage

QOTD: Content economy and attention economy

We are catching up on the The Wire on NetFlix so I was interested to see these remarks on the newspaper industry by its creator, David Simon … In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the award-winning writer and producer launches a tirade against newspaper owners who, he says, showed “contempt for their product” and … Continue reading QOTD: Content economy and attention economy

Reading, Starbucks and imbrication

Jim has a very interesting account of a discussion at an AAAS panel about the future of the book, publishing and libraries over at HangingToghether. (It was part of a symposium on Information technology and the public good.) One note jumped out at me. He quotes Dan Clancy, of Google, “Starbucks succeeded because it provided … Continue reading Reading, Starbucks and imbrication

The Google research offer

I was interested to see this note on the home page of Google Book Search: It links through to a page of ‘research tips’ based on the use of Google Book Search. Can’t remember where you found that quote? Did someone grab the last copy of the book you needed from the library? Google Book … Continue reading The Google research offer

QOTD – those library users!

From Derek Law: It is also something of a paradox that academic staff, who almost by definition work at the leading edge of their discipline and thrive on change are library and in many cases IT conservatives, seeking investment in back runs of journals and support for long since superseded or home-made software. As the … Continue reading QOTD – those library users!

Convergence …

I have been glancing through the contributions to HANSON, T. (2005). Managing academic support services in universities: the convergence experience. London, Facet. They examine convergence between libraries, IT and other support services in universities. This is a phenomenon more common in the UK than elsewhere: more than half of UK universities have adopted some form … Continue reading Convergence …