This day in history

From the Writer’s Almanac and via Judith Bush… On this day in 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s library of 6,487 volumes In 1814, after capturing Washington, D.C., the British burned the U.S. Capitol, destroying the Library of Congress and its 3,000-volume collection. Okay, it was …

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The Importance of Place – an anecdote

John Hagel recently blogged about the increasing value of place in shaping talent development and how the density of similar types of companies “increases opportunities for serendipitous encounters and sustained and rich collaboration.” He refers to Steve Lohr’s article in the December 20, 2007 issue of the New York Times, Silicon Valley Shaped by Technology …

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A new work flow economy in resource sharing

In November I surveyed the participants in SHARES, a resource sharing consortium for about 90 RLG Programs partner institutions, to find out how they are coping with the pressures of being expected to provide more and better services with the same amount of staff, or in some cases with staff reductions. My survey was the …

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Google, up and down

A somewhat dated report from TechCrunch (November) shows the used of various Google services — some up from the previous year, some down. Interesting (to me) that Book Search was up, Scholar was down. Would be interesting to know how searchers got there — were they using the main Google page, or were they using …

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Happy birthday TCP/IP

TCP/IP is frequently held up as a model for the type of lightweight standard that libraries and affiliated communities should aim to develop. But what goes into developing a “lightweight” standard? And how long does it take? I heard a brief interview on NPR earlier this month that marked the 25th anniversary of TCP/IP. The …

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RLG Programs: updated

On Saturday, RLG Program Officers were joined by close to 80 people for the RLG Programs Update at ALA. I counted several library directory and a bevy (flock? gaggle? what is the proper term!) of associate directors attending. We gave updates on 13 projects that we have either recently completed or on which we have …

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Mobilizing collections: from storehouse to scanning factory

Before the holidays Ricky Erway, Constance Malpas, Dennis Massie, and Roy Tennant visited the Northern Regional Library Facility (NLRF), which serves as the storage facility for five northern University of California campuses. Besides learning about the storage facility operations, which are interesting in their own right, we also saw the scanning operation of the Open …

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