Names and identities: looking at Flann O’Brien

Names and identities are a major focus of interest for OCLC Research. I adapt this discussion of our work in this area from the recent OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights. We know very well that names are not always straightforward. Brian O’Nolan and Brian Ó Nualláin are the English and Irish versions, respectively, of the name … Continue reading Names and identities: looking at Flann O’Brien

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

Defining the library … reflexively

It occurred to me recently that the library definitions I most like have a reflexive quality … Dan Chudnov, for example, is admirably succinct and direct: My professional mission as a librarian is this: Help people build their own libraries. That’s it. That’s all I care about. [One big library] This is from 2006. Interestingly, … Continue reading Defining the library … reflexively

Twit-therapy .. a quick note

I am reading Bedsit Disco Queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star, a memoir by Tracey Thorn. Here is a quick note to record what I thought was an interesting discussion about Twitter. Thorn writes about frustration with record company and producer, and goes on to say … If I … Continue reading Twit-therapy .. a quick note

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 ..

Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux

Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms. Think of the close collaboration within the Orbis Cascade Alliance for example, where academic libraries in Washington and Oregon are moving to a shared systems infrastructure. Or think of the various initiatives looking at managing down individual print … Continue reading Systemwide organization – sourcing and scaling redux

Discovery vs discoverability …

I have been interested in the different dynamics of the inside-out and outside-in library for a while (see here for example). One especially interesting characteristic is the quite different approach to discovery in each case, even though this distinction has not yet crystallized in clear service categories. I was struck by the distinction during a … Continue reading Discovery vs discoverability …

The President, the election and big data

A little over four years ago I wrote a post about the presidential primary results, suggesting that an important political threshold had been crossed. The network – and notably the use of social and mobile – was centrally influential. Whatever your political orientation, it is clear that Obama has been remarkably successful at mobilizing people … Continue reading The President, the election and big data

Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

Drawn by a Tweet I looked at Stanford’s very nice new library website just now. I only spent a few minutes there but I was immediately and strongly struck by two things. Each makes so much sense that I imagine they will become routine. The first was the foregrounding of library space as a service. … Continue reading Two things prompted by a new website: space as a service and full library discovery

The enterprising librarian …

I participated in an interesting event at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC a while ago. It was a symposium to consider the ‘information professional’ of 2050. Yes, that is 2050 🙂 There was a mix of people. Some in LIS education; some in libraries; and some in industry. One word that … Continue reading The enterprising librarian …

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