“The Strange Library”

The English translation of Haruki Murakami’s new book, The Strange Library, (村上春樹, ふしぎな図書館) is coming out soon. I learned about it from Steve Witt of UIUC, at a workshop of international and area studies librarians. Unfortunately I cannot read Japanese, but Steve tells me that Murakami’s young protagonist goes to a library to ask about Ottoman tax law, a …

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Evolving Scholarly Record workshop (Part 3)

This is the third of three posts about the workshop. Part 1 introduced the Evolving Scholarly Record framework.  Part 2 described the two plenary discussions.  This part summarizes the breakout discussions. Following the presentations, attendees divided into breakout groups.  There were a variety of suggested topics, but the discussions took on lives of their own.  …

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Evolving Scholarly Record workshop (Part 2)

This is the second of three posts about the workshop. Part 1 introduced the Evolving Scholarly Record framework.  This part summarizes the two plenary discussions. Research Records and Artifact EcologiesNatasa Miliç-Frayling, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge Natasa illustrated the diversity and complexity of digital research information comparing it to a rainbow and asking how do …

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Our Door is Always Open

Last week our office here in San Mateo, California was privileged with the presence of Roxanne Missingham, director of the Australian National University Library.  She was over here for a meeting and was gracious enough to spend the good part of a day visiting with us. We discussed what was “top of mind” for her at …

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