Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet …..

I have just got the latest issue of one of my favorite publications, the London Review of Books, which has an article by one of my favorite critics, Frank Kermode, on one of my favorite writers, Jane Austen. I paused over the following sentence and admired how he kept it going right to the end … Continue reading Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet …..

Metasearch redux

Here is something I said about metasearch in these pages some time ago …. The issue is that libraries have to manage a range of database resources whose legacy technical and business boundaries do not very well map user preferences or behaviors. The approach has been to try to move away from presenting a fragmentary … Continue reading Metasearch redux

Books in the humanities

In the context of recent discussion of monograph publishing in the humanities I was interested to read this recommendation in Marc Taylor’s NYT op-ed this morning. It is a critique of graduate education ….. 4. Transform the traditional dissertation. In the arts and humanities, where looming cutbacks will be most devastating, there is no longer … Continue reading Books in the humanities

QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Fintan O’Toole writes about the Google books settlement in the Irish Times. He wonders which ads will be shown to accompany which texts. My favorite is the third, the opening of Ulysses …. PICTURE THIS. You read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be … Continue reading QOTD: books: the last frontier for ads

Web scale library management services

OCLC has just released a press-release about its Web scale library management services. For some context see Andrew’s note: OCLC is extending the WorldCat Local platform to include circulation and delivery, print and electronic acquisitions, and license management components. A quick start version of WorldCat Local–available at no additional charge to FirstSearch WorldCat subscribers–is a … Continue reading Web scale library management services

Larkin, work and libraries

Philip Larkin on being a librarian …. “I hate work. Libraries are a quite pleasant way of earning a living. Dismal prospects though! Jobs connected with books like publishing are not good for creative writing. That’s why libraries, all technical and administration, are so good.” [Larkin’s first interview John Shakespeare TLS] I have written about … Continue reading Larkin, work and libraries

Library and archives – visible

We were in Nashville for a couple of days over the Easter period. Doing the tourist thing, we spent a couple of hours in the Country music hall of fame and museum. I was very interested to see at the center of the building, though glass panels, the Frist Library and Archive. The Frist Library … Continue reading Library and archives – visible

E-journal impact ….

The Research Information Network in the UK has released a report about the impact of e-journals … ‘E-journals: their use, value and impact’ takes an in-depth look at how researchers in the UK use electronic journals, the value they bring to universities and research institutions and the contribution they make to research productivity, quality and … Continue reading E-journal impact ….

QOTD: library catalogs and users

Karen Calhoun and other colleagues have produced a report on catalog data from user and library points of view. The findings suggest two traditions of information organization at work–one from librarianship and the other from the Web. Librarians’ perspectives about data quality remain highly influenced by their profession’s classical principles of information organization, while end … Continue reading QOTD: library catalogs and users

Articles on structured data: matching, mining and mixing

The current issue of Library Resources and Technical Services (not on the web) has a couple of interesting articles which touch on the complications of processing inconsistent data. Creating organization name authority within an ERM system Kristen Blake and Jackquie Samples LRTS 53(2) April 2009 p 94-107 This article looks at issues of Organization name … Continue reading Articles on structured data: matching, mining and mixing