Doing things with software and data.
When I think of the Google Books initiative now, three things stick with me. The first is simply what an audacious idea it was – to digitize all the books. The second is that without it, the book literature is less accessible than the web literature, which seems a pity.
It has been interesting watching Research Information Management or RIM emerge as a new service category in the last couple of years.
St Valentine's Day. What are the most popular love stories? Taking library holdings as a proxy for popularity.
The collection remains central to the library experience. However, as library services evolve beyond the collection so it makes sense for discovery services to represent more of what the library does and can provide - to move from 'full collection discovery' to 'full library discovery.'
There is not a one-to-one relationship between names and people. This means that the relationship between people and their names and identities has become something that is managed in a variety of places. OCLC Research has several projects in this area.
Libraries are increasingly taking a system-wide perspective of their roles and services. This can take different forms.
Inside-out and outside-in: libraries, collections, services I have been interested in the different dynamics of the inside-out and outside-in library for a while (see here for example). One especially interesting characteristic is the quite different approach to discovery in each case, even though this distinction has not yet crystallized in