Monthly Archives: August 2010

The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

So taken was I by William J Mitchell’s comments on the impact of the network and mobile communications on space that I have quoted it here a couple of times already 😉 Here it is … The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places for functions such as studying or learning, says … Continue reading The network reconfigures library space … mobile redux

Blogging again

Even if some heat has gone out of the library blogosphere, there is still a fair amount of reading and writing going on. I was asked recently what I tended to look at, going beyond the well-known bigger names. Here are some of the blogs that came to mind – some others also come to … Continue reading Blogging again

A web-siting: NCSU Libraries redux

Susan Rector from NCSU Libraries left a nice note on my entry about library websites. She pointed at some discussion of the redesign on their libraries blog. I was particularly interested to read about their objectives with the new site: Streamline access to search functions and core user tasks Provide ways to contact librarians throughout … Continue reading A web-siting: NCSU Libraries redux

3 stages of library websites …

While writing about subject pages and library websites the other day, it occurred to me that we might think of library websites in three stages – which emerged successively and continue to exist together. Always mindful of the rule of three 😉 We might clumsily call these stages: [1] fragmentary, [2] integrated supply, and [3] … Continue reading 3 stages of library websites …

Resource/course guides and content management

I have mentioned Libguides a couple of times, which seem to be quite widely used. I have been interested recently to come across some other initiatives which aim to organize subject- or course-based library resources within a consistent content management environment which reduces custom effort. I enjoyed listening to Allie Flanary present about students and … Continue reading Resource/course guides and content management

QOTD: Information environments …

‘Information environment’ is a vague term, vague enough to be usable in a variety of contexts. For me, as I worked for JISC before coming to OCLC, it will always be associated with the JISC agenda to advance an integrated network of information resources in support of UK research and learning. I was very interested … Continue reading QOTD: Information environments …

Curating the web …

A couple of recent events interestingly relate … First, I read in Search Engine Land of the resignation from Yahoo of Srinija Srinivasan. Srinavasan was once arguably “the most powerful person in search” writes Danny Sullivan. This was when “humans edited the web” and Yahoo emerged as its central directory. Srinivasan oversaw this activity. Sullivan … Continue reading Curating the web …

QR Codes and exhibitions

We spend some time in the very congenial Dayton Art Institute this afternoon. We wandered around the Modern Masters exhibition (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum). I was interested to see the QR codes by the pictures. Here is a somewhat fuzzy picture taken by my son on his phone: Now, the exhibition is an … Continue reading QR Codes and exhibitions

Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

[This is 3. Here is 1 and 2.] I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In thinking about the exercise, it … Continue reading Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread

[I have been quoting the distinction made by Gavin Potter, a participant in the Netflix competition, about how our emphasis is shifting from sorting out supply to sorting out demand. I thought it might be useful to re-present this entry, the one where I first noted the distinction. I could have deleted the first half, … Continue reading Recommendation and Ranganathan – retread