Monthly Archives: August 2011

Collections are library assets

I quite like using the word ‘assets’ with reference to library collections. We tend to think of assets in positive terms, as things that are valuable. More of that later. I was interested to see Rick Anderson remark on the vocabulary used by my colleague Constance Malpas a while ago. This was in the context … Continue reading Collections are library assets

The ILS, the digital library and the research library

Job adverts are interesting for a variety of reasons. They give a sense of skills and attributes in demand. They say something about how the hiring institution wants to present itself. And they can indicate trends. I have been interested to see three research libraries look for senior digital library posts in recent months. Associate … Continue reading The ILS, the digital library and the research library

Preserving musical heritage …

One of the casualties of the London riots last week was a Sony distribution warehouse. The building, owned by Sony DADC, was also the main HQ for the UK’s biggest distributor of independent music, Pias. [More than 1.5m CDs destroyed in Sony warehouse fire] Interestingly, Sony looked after the stock of more than 150 record … Continue reading Preserving musical heritage …

Nostalgia, the Dublin Irish Festival, and variant forms of names

The Dublin Irish Festival is on this weekend – Dublin, Ohio, that is. I notice that Moya Brennan is performing. As some folks will know, Moya Brennan is an Irish singer who was a member of the well-known family group, Clannad. They emerged in the 70s, playing very much in a traditional irish music idiom. … Continue reading Nostalgia, the Dublin Irish Festival, and variant forms of names