The Book of Trogool

Archives for October, 2009

L’esprit d’escalier

If you’re not reading comments here, you’re missing out. For reasons I don’t entirely understand, some of the best in the business are seeing fit to comment here. They have more to teach than I do! Chris Rusbridge (of, among other things, this thought-provoking meditation on digital preservation) has been spotted here, and whenever he…

I pointed out Mike Lesk’s slideshow in my last tidbits post, finding it a good critical précis of the data problem. It’s pleasantly aware of human problems, human problems many treatments of cyberinfrastructure (including, unfortunately, this otherwise useful call to action from Educause) wholly ignore. So wince and flinch at the design (black Arial on…

It’s been a while since I did anything on my series about library ways of knowing. If you’d like to refresh your memory: The classical librarian The humble index Classification Today I’ll finish my discussion of classification, and distinguish it from subject analysis, since that distinction often seems to confuse, especially in our digital age.…

Tidbits, 23 October 2009

My del.icio.us tag overfloweth? A challenge to libraries from an information science professor: “I wish I could say that libraries were the obvious organization to take care of data? But? they have not been ambitious, they lack the subject area knowledge, they often lack the technical skills.” What say ye, librarian Trogoolies? Cross-disciplinary use of…

I have intentionally steered Book of Trogool away from open access. I still believe in it; I still work for it. Toward the waning days of Caveat Lector, however, it became clear that I was shedding more heat than light on the subject, so I made a conscious decision not to repeat that mistake here.…

Graft or hybridize?

I’ve lived all my short career in academic libraries thus far on the new-service frontier. In so doing, I’ve looked around and learned a bit about how academic libraries, research libraries in particular, tend to manage new services. With apologies to all the botanists I am about to offend by massacring their specialty, here is…

I’m still buried in translating a presentation into Spanish for Monday and finishing another in English for Wednesday, but here’s a small thought to tide folks over, a thought that came to me shortly before my presentation at Access. At the data-curation workshops I’ve been to, it has been axiomatic that “we can’t afford to…

Comment snafu resolved

If you’ve been having trouble commenting, you’re not alone?the comment form quit working for me a couple days ago. I wrote in to Erin, and from where I’m sitting, the problem has been fixed. If you’re not getting comment-form love, email me at dorothea.salo at gmail and I’ll see what I can do. Speaking of…

Help!

I will be speaking for UKSG’s conference next April. They haven’t given me a topic? but they want a talk title by the end of this month. I have to write a paper alongside the talk, and I hate writing papers with every last fiber of my being, so if I have to do it,…

Set your house in order

Roy Tennant sent me an email about my Access presentation in which he asked what libraries should do about the laundry-list of data-curation challenges I presented. (If you’re curious, you can go view the presentation yourself, courtesy of the wonderful A/V folk at Access. The less-than-an-hour-long way to assimilate the same information is to look…