Ebooks and other E-Resources

A fragmented reading experience: locally and anecdotally speaking ..

In February 2011 I noted … A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. … In thinking about it, I realised that I only wanted to buy the experience not the physical item. My bag and our house is already cluttered enough. I wanted the few … Continue reading A fragmented reading experience: locally and anecdotally speaking ..

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 …

The Collections shift

A few things about library collection shifts came to my attention this week … Taken together, they underline several central trends: the move to electronic, the managing down of print collections, and the curation of institutionally-generated learning and research resources. Rick Anderson has a typically pointed post about Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the … Continue reading The Collections shift

Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

A while ago I was interested to observe that I had begun to resist buying paperback novels. Before that, I would often come away with one from a trip to our local Border’s (sadly now closing) or sometimes buy a mystery novel in the airport (especially on the return trip when good intentions about working … Continue reading Buying books and/or experiences: a consumer view

We’re not going anywhere …. OK, we lied …

Last Friday I attended the RLG Partnership Symposium. The topic – When the books leave the building – reflected the growing discussion around the management of legacy print collections across the academic library system. The balance between local print, offsite print (local or shared), and emerging digitised collections, presents interesting choices. These are tactical as … Continue reading We’re not going anywhere …. OK, we lied …

‘Reading at Library-scale’/’distant reading’

Franco Moretti has an interesting short book called Graphs, maps, trees: abstract models for literary history. He proposes a way of reading literary history which involves abstracting patterns across large stretches of a literary field rather than examining “concrete, individual works”. In particular, he works with three organizing models: graphs, maps and trees. He calls … Continue reading ‘Reading at Library-scale’/’distant reading’

Interstitial reading

Evan Schnittman of OUP has an interesting post in which he discusses three types of digital reading: extractive, immersive and pedagogic. It is worth a read. Looking at his post, I was reminded of a phrase I used for a while: interstitial reading. We do quite a bit of reading in the interstices of our … Continue reading Interstitial reading


Readers will have noted recently that I have been interested in reputation management and impact, and in how libraries may support institutional goals in these areas. In this context I was interested to read the following in a thoughtful reflection on future directions for research libraries by Susan Gibbons: Another shift in technical service in … Continue reading Reconfigurations

Stuff as a service …

First, a note on a couple of recent media experiences … We went to The boat that rocked (aka Pirate Radio) recently and were determined to enjoy it. For those that don’t know, it is a movie set in 1966 on a ‘pirate radio’ ship broadcasting music into the UK. However nostalgia was not enough … Continue reading Stuff as a service …

Waking the unread

While looking at Google Book Search the other day I was intrigued to discover that parts of my early oeuvre, such as it is, have been digitized from the University of Michigan collections. I was particularly struck by the word clouds. Here is a word cloud from a 1991 work on libraries and networks with … Continue reading Waking the unread