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Sunday, August 06, 2006

This blog has moved

I have enjoyed your company on Blogger, but I'm moving this blog to wordpress (inspired by the ease of contributing to libraries interact). Please come and visit me there.

“Tomorrow never knows"1: the end of cataloguing?

Alan Danskin Manager Data


This paper reviews the perceived threats to the future of cataloguing posed by the increasing volume of publications in media, coupled with a resource base which is declining in real terms. It argues that cataloguing is more rather than less important in such an environment and considers some of the in which cataloguing will have to change in order to survive. Read the whole paper


Saturday, August 05, 2006

The future: What's out there?

4th Australian Library & Information Association Top End Symposium

13-14 October 2006

Charles Darwin UniversityPalmerston Campus, NT

Participants will have the opportunity:-

* to expand their knowledge about current activities

* explore new ideas

* gain insight into future options

contact Peter Walton: p.d.walton at bigpond dot com

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The social life of books

An interview with Ben Vershbow at the Library journal blog

You write about the "social life" of books, and I know you don't mean where books go to hang out and cross-reference. What do you mean?

Well, to a certain extent, I do mean that books will be able to go hang out and cross-reference. I think digital libraries will be in constant communication with each other, sharing patterns of use, exchanging user-created metadata, building maps of meaning out of the recorded behaviors and interests of readers. Parts of books will reference parts of other books. Books will be woven together out of components in remote databases and servers.

So, in some ways books will have a life of their own. But you're right, what I'm getting at primarily is the social life of readers and authors that will exist around and inside of books.

Read the whole post


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Schools ban dictionary of slang

The author of what has been described as the definitive dictionary of slang is gobsmacked, gutted, throwing up bunches, honked, hipped, and jacked like a cock-maggot in a sink-hole. A North Carolina school district has banned the dictionary under pressure from one of a growing number of conservative Christian groups using the internet to encourage school book bans across the US.
Read on ...