About Sam King

My name is Sam King. I am formerly a student at the School of Library, Archives and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia. I am currently a librarian working in the West Kootenays, of British Columbia, Canada

Technology that can last longer than 5 years?


Why does a computerized system whose business case has not changed since it was designed have to be replaced with a new one? Something is not right when the only way to fix something of this nature is to throw it out and start again.

Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time

Michael York, the state librarian at the New Hampshire State Library, said an effort to patch the system has been ongoing. But the system is old, from about 2002. The only way to really fix the problem, York said, is for a new system to be installed.




Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Source: Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Less is more?

More than half of N.L. libraries closing in wake of budget cuts
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To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after implementing floating than they did before materials were relocated? The Nashville Public Library undertook an experiment in floating with optimism. Did the results pay off? Here is how it all began.

Source: To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

BBC News: The fall and rise of subscription libraries


The fall and rise of subscription libraries – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35831853

A machine-based process to recommend related books based on proprietary algorithms.

Like so many of these articles about technology in the library, it breathlessly jumps from “maybe this would be a good tool for the library” to “libraries will be using this this year”. I am pretty sure we won’t be using this particular tool at my library this year, but text analysis of this kind will be of interest.

It occurs that this might be applied to cataloguing as well although I expect the same sort of success as with OCR (Optical Character Recognition). “There to eat lemons. Axe gravy soup!”.

‘Grace notes for ebooks’: A new Trajectory for discoverability

Published January 09, 2015. By Porter Anderson

The Bookseller on the stands in London this morning reports that Bowker — the ProQuest-owned US ISBN agency and publishing research firm — is in final talks for a partnership with a company called Trajectory.

The aim at Bowker is to offer authors and small publishers a new way to generate book recommendations for their readers.”

“Imagine you’re a library,” Bryant says, “and you’re eager to increase your funding. Your funding is based on the number of books you check out. Imagine being proactive and able to email your library patrons and say, ‘Hey, you read this book, and we think there are some other books you might be interested in,'” based on the kind of textual analysis that Trajectory’s system can provide.

“I think we’ll see a lot of libraries try to redefine themselves this year,” Bryant says, “and start to be more proactive, reaching out to patrons to give them an edge.”

Heard in the Small Public Library

Three girls of about nine years of age stroll into the children’s section:

“The Library! Oh No! We have to do a craft!”