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Thoughts from a librarian on the web about library technology and the library sector

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Typology and the myth of the digital nativelibwebrarianUser stories image

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:10:41 +0000

It’s intriguing how long it takes for a concept to rise and fall and the persistence of some ideas in the face of evidence that contradicts them.  Digital natives, the idea (suggested by Marc Prensky) that younger people are intrinsically able to function effectively in a digital world, by dint of being born at a […](image)

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Hybrid print and digitallibwebrarian

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:29:21 +0000

Libraries have long been contemplating the implications of a shift from print to digital and underlying that thinking is the perception of print and digital being very much a binary choice.  But is that necessarily the case?   A research project into ‘next generation paper’ reported by the University of Surrey and the Open University envisages […](image)

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A couple of interesting developments in semantic web and linked data searchlibwebrarianJSTOR text analyzer screen shot of rsults page

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:20:12 +0000

The announcement yesterday of Olso public library’s new open-source linked data discovery interface comes just a few days after JSTOR unveiled their new prototype text analyzer. JSTOR’s text analyzer takes a piece of text or image and then extracts meaning from it, before finding recommendations from JSTOR for resources that might be relevant.   It’s a […](image)

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Elsevier acquire Plum analyticslibwebrarian

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:15:10 +0000

Interesting news this week that Elsevier have bought Plum Analytics from EBSCO.   It seems to be part of a trend for the big content companies to expand their reach by acquiring other companies in associated fields.    There’s a fascinating blog post from Roger Schonfeld from Ithaka ‘the strategic investments of content providers‘ that discusses what […](image)

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Cognitive mapping and other journeyslibwebrarian

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:29:07 +0000

I think it was the quiet concentration that made the first impression on me.  Going into a room where a group of library staff were busy carrying out a cognitive mapping exercise.  Everyone was engrossed in the activity, heads down, trying out a technique that was new to most of them. This was part of […](image)

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EBSCO support for Open Source library services platformlibwebrarian

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:15:34 +0000

The news, reported in an article by Marshall Breeding in American Libraries, that EBSCO has decided to support a new open source library services platform is a fascinating development.  To join with Kuali OLE but to develop what will essentially be a different open source product is a big development for the library technology sector.  […](image)

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Contemplating datalibwebrarian2016-04-22_1535

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:49:28 +0000

Analytics seems to be a major theme of a lot of conferences at the moment.  I’ve been following a couple of library sector conferences this week on twitter (Talis Insight #talisinsight and the 17th Distance Library Services Conference #dls16) and analytics seems to be a very common theme. A colleague at the DLS […](image)

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Brushing up on data manipulation and analysis skillslibwebrarianwooden chart

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:20:27 +0000

One of the great things about new projects is that they offer the opportunity to learn new skills as well as build on existing knowledge.  So our new library data project is giving plenty of opportunities to learn new things and new tools to help with data extraction and data analysis. MySQL workbench After a […](image)

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Technical debt in LibrarieslibwebrarianOhio university library catalogue

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:45:42 +0000

I was particularly interested in a term I came across in a blog post on innovation on the Nesta blog the other week.  Innovation in the public sector: Is risk aversion a cause or a symptom? The blog post talks about Organisation Debt and Organisational Physics and is a really interesting take on why large […](image)

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Sunset time for MyReferenceslibwebrarianBird flocks and sunset

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:41:15 +0000

One of the first projects I worked on at the OU was a Jisc-funded project called Telstar. Telstar built a reference management tool, called MyReferences, integrating RefWorks into a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Well, that MyReferences tool shortly reaches, what the software people call ‘End-of-Life’, and the website world like to refer to as […](image)

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