Monthly Archives: April 2009

National libraries on YouTube

While looking at the Library of Congress presence on YouTube the other day, I was curious about other national library presences. A very quick search for national library ‘channels’ revealed the following … The European Library The National Library Board of Singapore The National Library of Wales The National library of NZ The National Library … Continue reading National libraries on YouTube

Partial reception

As participation in social networking services grows, information about peoples’ interests or activities is variably diffused through organizations based on selective affiliations between colleagues. Now, this was always the case and information flow in organizations has been studied in various ways. However, participation in social networks accelerates and potentially reconfigures these flows. We are already … Continue reading Partial reception

QOTD: therapeutic value of objects

A project looking at the use of ‘heritage’ materials in hospital contexts caught my eye … Working with Guy Noble, UCL Hospitals (UCLH)’s Art Curator, as well as the British Museum, Oxford University Museums Service, Reading Museums Service, Islington Education Library Service and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, their project is designed to lead … Continue reading QOTD: therapeutic value of objects

Snap and go catalogue

Several things about catalogs, mobile apps, and pictures …. Just after doing the entry on the photo feature in the Amazon Blackberry app, I was looking at the catalogue at the University of Bath (where I worked for many years) and saw that they were using QR codes. From a library blog description of the … Continue reading Snap and go catalogue

Amazon remembers

I noticed this feature on the page for the Amazon Blackberry App. I haven’t yet tried the app or seen the feature working so I do not know how well it works. Perhaps we need an application which allows you to take a picture of a book cover and find it in your library … … Continue reading Amazon remembers

“Harvesting intentionality”

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun used the phrase “harvesting intentionality” in a blog post recently. Discovering Intent Now, why is the search business so valuable? Because it’s an exceptionally efficient means of harvesting intentionality – if a consumer is searching for “flights to Cairo,” the odds are good she’s in the market for a trip … Continue reading “Harvesting intentionality”

Network management

Gary Hamel, management guru, has a couple of posts about about management in the network age. On the web, he says, authority trickles up, not down. The first, on a WSJ blog is called ‘The Facebook generation vs the Fortune 500’, and in it he discusses the expectations of Generation F: “At a minimum, they’ll … Continue reading Network management

Virtual International Authority File

Thom discusses the updated viaf.org site … The VIAF site has recently had a major overhaul. What you now search are records created from a merge of matching source authority records. Within this record you can see what source records were used to create it, along with cross references and other information gleaned both from … Continue reading Virtual International Authority File

Slowing down for a while ..

Blogging has been a little thin of late as I have been traveling and I have a couple of writing commitments which require my spare attention. The latter means that I will be posting less frequently here for a while …

Four sources of metadata about things – version 2

I think it is useful to think of four sources of descriptive metadata in libraries. These are not mutually exclusive, and one of the interesting questions we have to address is how they will be mobilized effectively together. I don’t have good names for these. How about: professional, contributed, programmatically promoted, and intentional? Professional The … Continue reading Four sources of metadata about things – version 2