Overheard last weekend…

“Google books: books only a computer could love.” The idea being that, well, there are probably more than a few books in our collections that haven’t been checked out by anyone since being acquired. And probably some that have escaped attention all together. Still, it’s exciting to think about the books being unfettered from the …

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Predictions

The Library Link of the Day blog led me to this article (dated September 2006), where Larry Sanger predicts: In the next year, by the end of 2007, every major university, library, museum, archive, professional organization, government, and corporation will be asking themselves with increasing urgency: how, using what systems and methods, can we pool …

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Library promotion – a thank-you to Gary Price

Gary Price, he of Ask.com and Resource Shelf, continues to do his tireless promotion of libraries in the popular press. Gary appeared on stage with me for an interview during the final annual meeting of RLG members in June 2006 (which we didn’t get around to summarizing on our web site given the variety of …

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Visual navigation of textual information

Anne’s recent post about the nice Programs and Research mugs featuring our own decorative tag cloud made me think about the overall lack of success at leveraging visual displays to aid in the navigation of textual information. Tag clouds are one of the few that seem to have traction and add value beyond the decorative. …

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Friday levity, cross-community style

Our colleague Nancy Elkington served up a little Friday levity this Wednesday, and I’ve been waiting all week to share it. Lately, we’ve been puzzling over a better word for “cultural heritage community” (which is what I tend to use), “libraries, archives and museums” (wordy and not very unifying) or “memory institutions” (which just sounds …

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The Beginning of the End of our Uncertainty

When organizations combine there are inevitably uncertainties for all involved – staff, management, customers, members, partners, affiliates, and friends. During the weeks leading up to the July 1, RLG OCLC combination, we spent time, lots of it, “pooling our uncertainties”, as Lorcan Dempsey so aptly put it. Let me give you one example of how …

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A workshop that worked!

[Edit: added link to online workshop materials] Usually I spend my Fridays working at home trying to stop my cat from encrypting my e-mails, but Friday August 25th I spent at the DLF Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Implementer’s Workshop (I’ll link to handouts once they come online) at Stanford. During the general introductions, I declared …

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