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The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and scaling

The powers of library consortia 1: How consortia scale capacity, learning, innovation and influence The powers of library consortia 2: Soft power and purposeful mobilization: scaling learning and innovation The powers of library consortia 3: Scaling influence and capacity The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and right-scaling In the previous blog posts in … Continue reading The powers of library consortia 4: Scoping, sourcing and scaling

The inside-out library redux

I have given a couple of presentations about the inside out library recently. Some links are below. Here is some of what I said … By the inside-out library, I am meaning a view of the library as a more active and visible actor in the research and learning lives of its users. A major … Continue reading The inside-out library redux

Personal and institutional curation services (PICS) and discovery …

I heard presentations from Mendeley and Citavi at the recent OCLC EMEA Regional Council meeting. I was particularly struck by a comment

Social reading

It seems to me I have heard the phrase ‘social reading’ more often recently. That said, it also seems to me that its use has been a little vague, largely, I expect, because it has no precise referent: the activities to which it refers are not sufficiently coalesced. That said, it does seem that as … Continue reading Social reading

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 …

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 …

Portable playlists

Discovery, discovery and disclosure …

Here is another post about discovery and disclosure. See the related entries for others … Here is a very simple schematic for thinking about some library discovery issues, based around direct discovery, indirect discovery, and disclosure. We have: Information providers. This is a very loose category meant to suggest The flow: This is an even … Continue reading Discovery, discovery and disclosure …

Newman

And speaking of UCD …. To be a student at University College Dublin was to be very much aware of Cardinal Newman, in name at least, as he lent it to various buildings, institutions and initiatives. Cardinal Newman has been much in the news recently, in advance of his beatification by the Pope in Birmingham … Continue reading Newman

Music: Marcus, Morrison, Mumford, and Carr

I recently read Greil Marcus’s book on Van Morrison. While I have most of the Morrison oeuvre on some form of physical medium it was useful to be able to refer to my aggregate digital collection, and to the Zune marketplace and iTunes Store as backup. I could quickly look up songs I couldn’t remember … Continue reading Music: Marcus, Morrison, Mumford, and Carr