Tuesday, 26 August 2008

good stuff from a conference


It's going on at the moment, so I'm sure there'll be more stuff added to the website in time, but some of the presentations at this Dutch conference seem quite interesting - particularly
  • The Scholar in Context: Behavior and Workflow by Wendy P. Lougee
  • Twenty Five Technologies to Watch and How by Stephen Abram (his slides are available)
  • Marketing of Research Libraries by Anne Poulson

lots of recommended reading plus PDFs of slides.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Hype Cycle 2008

One of the most useful analytical devices I've ever encountered when lecturing about new technology is the Gartner Hype Cycle.

Here's the one for 2008 (courtesy of TechCrunch).

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Easy does it?

Interesting post in Nick Carr's Blog.

A recent edition of Science featured a worrying paper by University of Chicago sociologist James A. Evans titled Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship. Seeking to learn more about how research is conducted online, Evans scoured a database of 34 million articles from science journals. He discovered a paradox: as journals begin publishing online, making it easier for researchers to find and search their contents, research tends to become more superficial...

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Arcadia Trust announces the project

It's official!

Arcadia has awarded a grant to the Cambridge University Library of the amount of $980,000. The grant will enable the library to create new programmes and services, particularly for undergraduates, and also improve the external environment of the library.

The Cambridge University Library is a renowned global research library. The large collections number more than seven million volumes in total and are kept in the main University Library and its four additional dependent libraries.

With our grant, the Cambridge University Library will create the Arcadia Fellowship Programme, undertaking new and special projects that will increase the library’s capability to provide its student with information in an era of ever expanding technological resources.


Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Mellon funds Open Source library systems project

Announcement: Mellon Funds Design of Next-Generation Library System

A $475,700 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Duke University Libraries will lead to the design of a next-generation, open-source library system that is flexible, customizable and nimble enough to meet the changing and complex needs of 21st-century libraries and library users. The goal of the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project is to develop a design document for library automation technology that fits modern library workflows, is built on Service Oriented Architecture, and offers an alternative to commercial Integrated Library System products.

Leaders of the OLE Project, representing libraries in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, will involve the library community in the design process through workshops, meetings, webcasts and online discussions. Through those activities, they will develop a plan for a library technology system that breaks away from an emphasis on print-based workflows, reflects the changing nature of library materials and new approaches to scholarly work, meshes well with other enterprise systems, and can be modified easily to suit the needs of different institutions. The project website gives detailed information about the project and includes FAQs, recommended reading, and a comment section.

"The information environment is changing rapidly, but the technology of library management systems has not kept pace," said Lynne O'Brien, principal investigator on the project and Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services for the Duke University Libraries. "This project is a wonderful opportunity to design a system that supports library innovation and better meets the needs of today's researchers." O'Brien is joined on the OLE Project team by colleagues from Duke as well individuals from the University of Kansas, Lehigh University, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Library of Australia, Library and Archives Canada, Vanderbilt University, the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Rutgers University, the University of Florida, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of Maryland and Whittier College.

Because the OLE Project is a collaborative, community-based venture, there will be many opportunities for individuals from other libraries to participate in the project through regional and virtual meetings, discussion of plans and documents, comments via the project website and listserv and discussions at professional meetings.

In addition to its development of a design document, the OLE Project is intended to create a community of interest that could be tapped to build the planned system in a follow-on project.

Lynne O'Brien, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Technology and Instructional Services
Duke University Libraries
lynne.obrien@duke.edu or 919.660.5862

Monday, 4 August 2008

Cory Doctorow's lecture

Cory Doctorow's sell-out lecture at Robinson on July 22 is now on the Web. Worth an hour, if you have the time.