Monthly Archives: June 2011

Some quotes: sizing the academic library …

A couple of years ago Ross Housewright of Ithaka S+R published an article about the future of academic libraries. The thesis was that the academic library was in danger of disruption, along the lines already experienced by the corporate library. Success would depend, he argued, on shifting from a supply mode of thinking, where the … Continue reading Some quotes: sizing the academic library …

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Hamster wheeling ….

I have found the expression ‘hamster wheeling’ useful over the last few years. I tend to use it in the context of any frantic effort where the participants have to keep several things going at the same time, and where it seems that slowing down might cause something to fall off. More specifically, it is … Continue reading Hamster wheeling ….

Books, artifactually and anecdotally speaking …

Anecdotally speaking ……. it seems to me that the artifactual and design elements of print books are coming more to the fore, albeit in different ways. As the use of ebooks grows this is not really surprising, as this change creates niche opportunities for experiences focused specifically on the possibilities of the print medium. Some … Continue reading Books, artifactually and anecdotally speaking …