The difficulty then is keeping track of these conversations. Trackback would be a good option but it relies on a certain level of techiness on the part of the responder and again, the issue of spam raises its ugly head. These days, it should be possible to replace trackback with search using third-party tools like Technorati and Google Blog Search. Expect to see that kind of functionality built in to more and more blogging tools.The trouble is, this functionality is "not yet". So he will probably never know that I have commented on his post... shame his blog has comments disabled!
I wondered a bit about that comment on the need for PoD (Print on Demand facilities to print and bind documents as and when needed, as sort of just-in-time publishing ;), but I guess if the timeframe is ten years out then there will still be significant numbers of users needing print editions. And that has consequences. Once libraries invest significant capital in PoD, then they will need to encourage users to use it... maybe the print codex has a longer lifespan (outside aesthetic and antiquarian motives) than we had thought...
- During the next ten years, the medium for information storage, discovery, and retrieval will become primarily digital.
- For many, digital media will also the media of choice for information use. A significant portion of users, however, will require a print on demand service to support the use of information stored in digital format.
- The concept of a library collection will either be redefined or simply become obsolete. Aggregators and publishers will continue to bundle multiple titles into single price packages available through license agreements. (Libraries have traditionally selected such items individually for purchase and permanent addition to a physical collection.)
- Publishers and aggregators will market directly to users, bypassing libraries. Information discovery tools the build on the technologies of Google, Yahoo and others will seamlessly index information available through open access as well as licensed materials.
- The primary pedagogical task for librarians will shift from collection development as a means of filtering information and providing quality control for users to helping users to develop the skills to filter and to critically assess the information they discover.
- The primary "technical services" task will be to build linking mechanisms that enable social network tagging systems to easily communicate with each other.
And now the old ark has gone to decay,Which to me always seemed to settle the matter! So the students keenness for the latest ark-finding-expedition has always troubled me a bit. Now Claude Mariottini has provided a nice clear post explaining why he (and also largely I) don't get excited by the latest Ark found in darkest Turkey.
it's gone to make matches for Bryant and May.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina photo from WikipediaThe International Journal of the Book has just started a blog, presumably if biblical scholars who blog are bibliobloggers this must be a biblionblog... Their first post is about the three libraries of Alexandria.
The library also contains an Internet center, specialized sections for audio-visual and electronic materials, microforms and rare books, as well as a Planetarium, study rooms, reading halls, museums, and spaces for conferences and art galleries.The post concludes:
Is this a story of destruction and rebirth, of transformation and technological progress, relating the legendary past, the present and the changing future? Certainly, it is. But it also suggests that irrespective of its form, content, reading or access techniques, the role of the library was, is and will remain the same, i.e. that of a radiating repository for universal knowledge.My conclusion is different, technology makes a great difference. The ancient library (until the late 20th century in fact) was localised, and only one person at a time could consult each "book". So one had to visit Alexandria to consult it's riches. The digital library (which the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina includes) can be anywhere and everywhere. It can even through Book Mobiles (go to http://www.bibalex.org/english/initiatives/mybook.htm and scroll down) go to the poor and deprived. Print began a process of democratising books. That, in part, is how Luther could run rings round the pope and the emperor. But digitisation takes this process to a new level.
Prof William Loader's speech 2MB
my talk about the project (with question time) 8MB
or: The Whole formal part from go to woah! 9.4MB (lower quality)
no easy or powerful way to use these [online] resources, often [we are left] resorting to a cobbled-together set of stand-alone applications (such as EndNote and Word) to make citations, take notes, and create personal collections and bibliographies.Actually since and EndNote "upgrade" succeeded in slowing my spanking new shiny fast PC to a crawl I've been reduced to doing these things by hand, and hoping for the day Open Office gets its bibliographic act together...
Tickets tickled one quixotic bureau, even though the lampstands grew up lamely. Quark telephoned one dwarf. Umpteen obese mats towed irascible televisions, however the lampstands abused two silly Klingons, but the botulism bought aardvarks.It manages not only lexical cohesion, but a measure of alliteration and assonance too! Brilliant.
Paul marries the obese chrysanthemums. Umpteen Jabberwockies ran away, then one mat laughed noisily, even though two Klingons auctioned off the ticket. Umpteen schizophrenic pawnbrokers married two obese aardvarks, then five tickets almost lamely kissed two botulisms, even though one Jabberwocky abused umpteen lampstands...
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