Monthly Archives: March 2010

A web-siting at The University of Rochester

I was struck by several things on the home page of The River Campus Libraries of the University of Rochester One was the cover flow display of a small selection of new books. It may not provide a very full experience but it is a nice hook and links to more. Another was the conveniently … Continue reading A web-siting at The University of Rochester

More cover notes …

One of three … There was a well publicized spat between Anna Ford and Martin Amis which included some discussion of the latter’s behavior at the deathbed of the former’s husband, Mark Boxer. Coincidentally, somebody asked me last week if I had read any of the books in the A dance to the music of … Continue reading More cover notes …

Lam-inating libraries ….

The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research. However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives. As libraries digitize primary materials, or … Continue reading Lam-inating libraries ….

Institutional sourcing …

There was a nice press release last week about the digitization of a Chaucer manuscript at Petworth House by staff from The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. I was interested to see the notes about the role of the library: It is part of a 18-month project – funded by JISC – which showcases … Continue reading Institutional sourcing …

Data wells: one big index

I was interested to hear the concept of a ‘data well’ discussed when I was in Sweden the other week. It seems to be used in the sense of an infrastructure to ingest, normalise and provide integrated access to multiple streams of data. In this way, library services can be built on a consolidated data … Continue reading Data wells: one big index

Dublin core: the first fifteen years …

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative celebrated fifteen years of existence on March 1st. The initiative began at a workshop in Dublin, Ohio, jointly organized by OCLC and NCSA. The second workshop inaugurated the series which has continued to this day morphing into the annual conference along the way. It was jointly organised by OCLC and … Continue reading Dublin core: the first fifteen years …

QOTD: a new Alexandria

An interesting article – Toward a new Alexandria: imagining the future of libraries – by Lisbet Rausing has just appeared in The New Republic. It discusses the continuity of the scholarly record in a richly allusive text. I sensed three strands. First, the scholarly record is evermore diffused through media and formats, embracing source materials, … Continue reading QOTD: a new Alexandria

Ting: collaboratively sourced library infrastructure

Ting is an initiative which is creating a shared systems and data infrastructure for Danish public libraries – and potentially others. At its heart is a ‘data well’, an enriched aggregate of data (see a list of data sources here). Another important component is Ding, a Drupal-based content management system for presenting library resources. Libraries … Continue reading Ting: collaboratively sourced library infrastructure

Mission of the library redux

I heard Anders Söderbäck of the Royal Library in Sweden speak in Lund last week on the perennial topic ‘what is a library’. He reminded us of Daniel Dennett’s remark: A scholar is just a library’s way of making another library. This in turn reminded me of a post I did here a while ago … Continue reading Mission of the library redux

The context web

In preparing some recent presentations I have been talking about three primary ways of experiencing the web which emerged successively and continue to work together. Here I will call them the site-web, the search-web, and the context-web (alternatives might be site-centric, network-centric, and user-centric). Site-web. Our early experience of the web tended to focus on … Continue reading The context web