Monthly Archives: June 2009


Layar created a ripple of interest a while ago. It is yet to be released. It is an application for Android based phones which will allow data from various partner resources to be ‘layered’ over the view through a camera phone. Partners discussed include banks (for ATMs), realtors, and a social network site with data … Continue reading Augmenting

Apple, netbooks and barcodes

I traveled home from the 2nd M-Libraries Conference in UBC, Vancouver, yesterday. I was interested to come across several relevant news stories in the reading materials I had bought en route: The Globe and Mail, The Economist (last week’s, as it turns out), and The Financial Times. This underlined the topicality of the conference themes. … Continue reading Apple, netbooks and barcodes

User symposium presentations

The presentations from the 2009 RLG Partnership Annual Symposium: Hearing voices: connecting with users, enhancing services , are now available. Here is how the event was described .. User studies have become a critical component in developing and improving services in our institutions. However, investigations into the needs of users and potential users are expensive … Continue reading User symposium presentations

Border country: classifying across disciplinary boundaries

Terry Eagleton said somewhere that Raymond Williams was a librarian’s nightmare, meaning presumably that his work crossed academic boundaries and resisted easy classification. Let’s have a look using the Classify prototype. The prototype provides access to more than 36 million WorldCat records that contain Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) numbers, Library of Congress Classification (LCC) numbers, … Continue reading Border country: classifying across disciplinary boundaries

Reading books on the move …

I have just read M-Libraries: Information use on the move: a report from the Arcadia Programme [pdf] by Keren Mills. It provides an overview of recent trends in ‘mobilized’ library services, library services which use mobile communications. It reports the results of a survey of library users about their preferences and makes some recommendations for … Continue reading Reading books on the move …

An identity incompletely centered ..

The Facebook username landgrab created a flurry of excitement over the weekend. Individuals ‘claimed’ their piece of network real estate in the form of a Facebook URL, and organizations had an opportunity to protect registered marks. I am now which chimes with my recently established Twitter presence I decided to consolidate on lorcand … Continue reading An identity incompletely centered ..

Data flows in the book world

One of the recommendations of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control was that ways should be found of harnessing publisher data upstream of the cataloging process. The rationale was that this would make data about materials available earlier and reduce overall creation effort. OCLC recently organized an invitational symposium … Continue reading Data flows in the book world

Sharing usability results

I was interested to see that MIT Libraries have a public page with links to various usability results. I thought it was quite interesting, and that, while acknowledging some local flavor, it might be useful if more libraries shared results in this way. More generally, we know that there are a lot of local user … Continue reading Sharing usability results

Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

The Research Information Network in the UK has released a timely report: Creating catalogues: bibliographic records in a networked world [Splash page; pdf]. It is concise and has a useful Summary and Key Findings section. I found it an interesting read, in no small part because it rehearses various key themes of these pages. Critically, … Continue reading Libraries and catalogues: systemic attention

Audience level

I have written about the Audience Level measure in these pages a few times. In this initiative we are using the pattern of holdings across different types of libraries (school, research, etc) to give a ‘hint’ about the level of interest of an item (juvenile, research/specialist, …). You can read more about how we calculate … Continue reading Audience level