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Evolving research life …

I was interviewed for the British Library’s Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research exhibition, which opened last week. I have not seen the physical installation yet but there is an online presence. See the gallery of digital research initiatives they showcase, for example, or the network research tools. One theme is the role of the … Continue reading Evolving research life …

Books about universities … expansion

[This is a slightly expanded version of a blog post first published in February 2009. I was reminded of it in a discussion I had during the week with a colleague about publications about universities and thought I would bring it back.] Many of the pages in Worldcat Identities are for corporate authors, Ohio State … Continue reading Books about universities … expansion

The idea of FRBR …

Not having a copy of The Idea of a university to hand, I was looking in Google Book Search and Amazon earlier. Newman is in the news (here is the Wall Street Journal), and I was curious to have a quick look. Sad to say, I even did a search for library to see what … Continue reading The idea of FRBR …

In the Twitter flow ..

One of the recurrent themes of this blog has been the work done by libraries to put more of their services in the flow of their users’ working, learning and research behaviors. In this context, I was pleased to see the work by my colleagues on implementing Worldcat searches in Twitter. Mike Teets provides fuller … Continue reading In the Twitter flow ..

Beyond records .. genres

We tend to have a very record-based view of bibliographic systems. Searches in a resource result in lists of record-based displays for items. All fields may not be indexed. This means that the data works less hard than it might, given the variety of ways in which it could be leveraged to tell us more … Continue reading Beyond records .. genres

More reading …

Here are some recent reports/papers produced by OCLC Research or in which we have been involved … Kroll, Susan, and Rick Forsman. 2010. A Slice of Research Life: Information Support for Research in the United States. Report commissioned by OCLC Research in support of the RLG Partnership. Published online at: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-15.pdf (.pdf: 1.1MB/24 pp.). (A … Continue reading More reading …

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 …

We have produced or been involved in a variety of reports recently. I thought it would be interesting to do a list of some … Godby, Carol Jean. 2010. Mapping ONIX to MARC. Report and crosswalk produced by OCLC Research. Available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14.pdf (report) and http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-14a.xls (crosswalk). (A welcome collaboration with Editeur.) Silipigni Connaway, … Continue reading Reading …

An all-through system? From Onix to MARC

One of the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control encouraged greater reliance on an ‘all-through’ system for bibliographic data, where data created upstream by publishers and others could be mobilized downstream by libraries. I was reminded of these words at the time. Records serve different requirements and needs and … Continue reading An all-through system? From Onix to MARC

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 ….