Archive for September, 2007

Despite the fact that I’ve really got a million things to do, including preparing for at least three upcoming presentations – two on self-archiving and the repository, and one on blogging, I’m off work this week. And in Stockholm. It’s a family thing.
But an interesting thing to report – I put my powerpoints for the Blogging Masterclass at ILI on Slideshare.net and the one for ‘why have a blog’ has been really popular – over 350 views in the last two days! That just amazes me – has it just been picked up by someone with a large user group, or do people have search alerts set up to send them new stuff on their topic of interest? How did this get viewed by so many people? This is the power of open access. How else would my powerpoint have been distributed amongst so many in such a short space of time? Clearly a popular topic, and the nice thing – it’s been favourited 5 times. ­čÖé


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Here’s our presentation from the LWW7 conference, reported on below here and here:

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Yes well my apologies, it’s been a little quiet around these parts. Still have to figure out how to write a post to be posted at a particular time. I’ve been at the Libraries Without Walls 7 conference, held on the Greek island of Lesvos in the Aegean sea. Fortunately I’m not easily distracted by sunshine, beaches, ancient hilltop castles, boat trips, swims in the sea, etc., so I was able to concentrate fully on just the conference papers. No really, and as proof here’s a brief rundown on papers of relevance to this blog:

Prof Christine Borgman spoke on the emerging roles for libraries in the scholarly information infrastructure – the goal being linking up data and documents and the competing pressures and rewards on scholars, i.e. rewards for publishing, not for data management.
Chris also made a very interesting comment on Margaret Markland’s talk about usage statistics for institutional repositories, as comments were raised about sending monthly reports of downloads to authors and whether you make that information available to authors who have NOT submitted their papers to the repository to raise awareness of impact and distribution gained by deposit.

Jane Secker and Gwyneth Price from LSE and the Institute of Education spoke on their LASSIE project, and the exploration of social software to enhance the experience of distance learners. Very interesting stuff..

I enjoyed Susan Robbins presentation on their integrated library enquiry environment, Information Central, and was facinated by Maitrayee Ghosh’s description of outreach services to ‘the rural masses’ in India, particularly their use of rickshaws laden with IT equipment that could be take out to villages and used by farmers to gain access to everything from agricultural market prices to health information – absolutely amazing!

Virpi Palmgren and Jouni Nevalainen from the Helsinki University of Technology Library spoke about their work using dialogue and concept mapping tools for their information retrieval programs – and I’ve just spoken today with a staff member from the Mechanical Engineering department who explained a similar method he’s interested in for knowledge management on his desktop! Great stuff for those for whom spacial and relational organisation of information is easier to digest than the usual hierarchial systems we use day to day.

Well really the list goes on. So many interesting presentations, and a wonderful opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world.
And a little bit of dancing too… ­čÖé
Conference Dinner at LWW7, Greek dancing

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Yes, me going on about blogs again.. I’ll put these on Slideshare eventually, but as I’m working through my ILI presentation I’m focusing on why I’ve got a blog about setting up our repository (although most of these posts lately are about blogs and conferences, sorry..)

So why blog about my repository experiences – here’s a few reasons:

Sharing good practice

Relating our experiences – perhaps these can be of use to someone else?

Engaging with the community

Using new technologies

An informal record of my activities – and showing a path of progression

A place to record and hopefully answer the questions that I had when I was starting out…

I really would like to add to my list of repository blogs and feeds. Send details if you have one..
Worth checking out on this topic, a slideshow from Robert & Maryam Scoble:

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My husband is getting irate because I keep saying ‘while I’m on holiday’ instead of ‘at the conference’. Freudian slip, I’m sure.

The LWW7 conference is held in Molyvos on the Aegean Island of Lesvos. The conference theme is: Exploring ‘anytime, anywhere’ delivery of library services, with an international line-up of presenters on a variety of topics. I’m looking forward to Margaret Markland’s paper on ‘Publishing, Policy and People; three constraints upon institutional repository development’ and Jane Secker and Gwyneth Price speaking on ‘Libraries as a social space: enhancing the experience of distance learners using social networking tools‘, along with a raft of other papers that look good.
I’ll report back after the jump.

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Or should that be ‘It’s All About The Metadata Baby’..

I’m working on my Internet Librarian International masterclass material and realised I the reason I’m working on this my:self-archive blog is partly to record my experiences in setting up our institutional repository to share with colleagues who are about to do the same and GUESS WHAT?! I’m not using any of the headings or keywords that *I* used to search for precisely this topic (and found very little I might add)! It’s a ‘hand slapped on forehead’ moment.

Part of the WordPress stats allow you to see the searches that find my blog (a few coming in from ‘prism and open access’ at the mo). I can only presume all those seaches on blogs and repositories (surely there must be thousands!) are coming up with nothing or going elsewhere, because no one has been directed my way! It’s quite hard to find this stuff – which is partly why I have my blogroll displayed there on the right.

Will let you know if anyone finds me now..

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Kelvin’s working on our DSpace install, wading through the documentation and nutting out integration issues. We paid a visit to the University of Bristol repository people on Friday afternoon, and I think this helped a lot. They’ve been in the repository game a lot longer, and Naveed, their tech support has implemented a lot of tweaks, including a patch for metadata only records which DSpace apparently doesn’t support. Again, being able to meet face to face with colleagues who have already been down this road is just invaluable.
I’m yet to find anywhere that has linked up their research expertise database with their full-text repository. Can the two not co-exist!?
At the Frome Cheese & Agricultural Show on Saturday, the Wiltshire & Infantry Beagles

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