Thursday, January 24, 2008

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

-The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web

-How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues

-Opinions on privacy online

-Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Digital discovery: strategies and solutions

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oya Rieger

A white paper examining preservation issues relevant to mass-digitization projects such as those being done by Google, Microsoft, and the Open Content Alliance.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Heather Worlledge-Andrew

During the first three months of 2006 Glasgow University Library looked at the use of podcasting following a request from Joe Maguire, a final-year student who wanted to carry out a project to podcast a talk on how to gain entry to the building. The introduction of podcasting at Glasgow University has been a user-generated project developed with a user perspective from conception to end service.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

JISC commissioned Chris Awre, University of Hull and Alma Swan, Key Perspectives Ltd to undertake a five-month scoping study to identify sustainable technical and organisational models to support user-oriented services across digital repositories. The study investigated four aspects: User requirements Roles and responsibilities Technical architecture Business models A key output from the study was a description of the range of services and functionality that would be required around repositories to facilitate their linkage and support user-oriented services. It is available to download on two parts: Linking UK repositories main report4 and an Appendix5.

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