Dabbling in the Open Library

Check out my profile at openlibrary.org

In July 2007, I set up an account on the Open Library web site so I could look under the hood a bit. Today, after a long absence from the site, I returned so I could try my hand at editing a record. If you take at look at my editing of the record for Evidence Explained, please note that I am not a cataloger but an information services librarian. I was pleased to learn recently that the CUNY library system is thinking of sharing its catalog records with Open Library (I work as a librarian at Baruch College, which is part of CUNY).

That Feels Good

Posterous is helping me scratch an itch to publish online. It hits a sweet spot somewhere between microblogging and blogging. Maybe it’s just Tumblr on steroids. Oh, by the way, I am composing this post in my email client and just sending it via email. I’ve also got a Posterous bookmarklet that’s got a few cool tricks up its sleeve. If you highlight text on the web and then use the bookmarklet, Posterous will use feature that excerpted text in your post (as well as link back to the original page that it came from).

Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009

If you didn’t take the time to watch this video when it first was release a few weeks ago, do so soon. Email, IM, blogging, microblogging, social bookmarking, media sharing, and collaborative editing are beginning to get thrown into the blender into one combined platform. Google Wave’s efforts can only be one of many such attempts to mix things up in the coming years.
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Librarians vs. Google: Fighting the Web Giant’s Book Deal – TIME

The library community recalls with horror the pricing fiasco that occurred when industry consolidation left academic journals in the hands of five publishing companies. The firms hiked subscription prices 227% over a 14-year period, between 1986 and 2002, forcing cash-strapped libraries to drop many subscriptions, according to Van Orsdel. “The chance of the price being driven up in a similar way (in the Google deal) is really very real,” he says.

I like the quote here from Lee Van Orsdel, who is the dean of university libraries at Grand Valley State University (MI).