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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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.”

Greatest Hits from Pew Internet’s Library Research

An overview of PewResearchCenter’s latest findings about libraries. Note that data for this study was drawn from the United States and its findings apply to public libraries for the most part.