Monthly Archives: November 2009

Counting books …

I have been careful in recent posts about numbers to note that the term ‘book’ has no precise referent. One person’s book is another person’s pamphlet, or … Brian Lavoie and I have an article in the current issue of DLib Magazine which uses Worldcat to estimate the number of print books published in the … Continue reading Counting books …

Network as a service …

We have entered the era of Everything-as-a-service, where lowering transaction costs mean that a growing range of capacities can be sourced from the cloud. It has become common to talk about a threefold model: Software or applications as a service. A particular application may be used in the cloud (for example, or Webex web … Continue reading Network as a service …

Beyond local discovery

I was at the University of Minnesota last week participating in some discussions about discovery and library services. In preparing some comments I included the following preliminary pictures as a way of thinking through some things in my own mind. This needs more work but I thought it might be interesting to share. I spoke … Continue reading Beyond local discovery

Social tools and science

In her report on Open science at webscale, I was interested to see Liz Lyon give the following list of tools used to share their work by researchers. Currently, researchers are using open science tools such as: Connotea for reference management Mendeley (which applies LastFM principles associated with music selections to journal articles) Friendfeed (for … Continue reading Social tools and science

Libraries and e-science

Emerging data-intensive e-science presents many support challenges for institutions, disciplines and national bodies to work through. The role of the academic library in this multiscale world is also an open question. Two recent reports discuss e-science (or ‘cyberinfrastructure’ or ‘e-research’) in general terms and repay reading. Liz Lyon, the Director of UKOLN, and also a … Continue reading Libraries and e-science

Reputation enhancement redux

I wrote recently about the growing interesting in reputation management on the web. Reputation management on the web – individual and institutional – has become a more conscious activity for many, as ranking, assessment and other reputational measures are increasingly influenced by network visibility. In particular, it raises for academic institutions an issue that has … Continue reading Reputation enhancement redux

QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the web

We are pleased that Herbert Van de Sompel will be talking about Memento, a joint project of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, at OCLC later this month. We will make a webcast available; see the details here. If you are in Central Ohio, come by …. Here is a recent paper describing … Continue reading QOTD: protocol-based time travel for the web

Libraries and the long tail: intro

Discussing grades of availability in my last post, I mention an article I wrote a few years ago on libraries and the long tail. Here is how it starts: Discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in the library community strike me as somewhat partial. Much of that discussion is about … Continue reading Libraries and the long tail: intro

On the discriminations of availability …

Seamus Heaney famously – and in poetry – complained about being included in an anthology of ‘British’ poetry. In the course of his poem he invokes Miroslav Holub‘s ‘On the necessity of truth’ where a man creates a disturbance in a cinema when he sees a beaver mistakenly called a muskrat on the screen. The … Continue reading On the discriminations of availability …

Community bibliography

I prefer ‘crowdsourced’ to ‘user contributed’ but neither works very well for me. In particular ‘user contributed’ does not seem a good term at all for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I was looking at the new catalogue at Ottawa Public Library powered by Bibliocommons earlier (following a mention by Stephen Abram). There is much … Continue reading Community bibliography