Both the library world and the academic world is dominated by taxonomies. These systems of classification often rest on defined hierarchies of categories. Carl Linnaeus’ 18th century taxonomy of living things is still a fundamental part of biological science. The Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress classification schemes, still dictate how we arrange … Continue reading The Taxing Nature of Taxonomies
Traditionally, organising has been seen as a human activity and retrieval as a machine activity (Glushko, 2013). Elaine Svenonius however recognised that automatic text processing and indexing (part of the information retrieval field) had come to either complement or make up for bibliographic description and cataloguing. Svenonius proposed that retrieving information and organising it are … Continue reading The Age of Misc
This is a piece of work I put together for my MA in Library and Information Services Management course from November 2017. It is an annotated bibliography aimed at subject librarians taking on roles with arts and humanities faculties. It probably focuses more on humanities than arts to be honest. Al-Shboul, M. K., & … Continue reading An Introduction to the Information Behaviour of Arts and Humanities Students and Researchers for new Subject Librarians. An Annotated Bibliography.
We recently had to analyse online information literacy tutorials according to Olof Sundin's typology of approaches: source based, behavioural, process, and communication based. I chose Who's Art Nouveau? by the Leonard Lief Library and Lehman College Art Department at CUNY. This instruction comic fell very much into the process category, but shared elements of the … Continue reading Who’s Art Nouveau?
On Thursday evening we were treated to a superb evening of debate and discussion at the annual Library Forum. The topic was Student as Customer? and the setting was the rather comfy Nash Lecture Theatre at the Strand Campus. As I was fortunate to attend and others won't have been able to, I thought I … Continue reading Student as Customer? Discuss.
Digital Futures: Expert Briefings on Digital Technologies for Education and Research Bringing together as editors sector leaders in educational theory and practice, ICT and academic libraries, this slim volume gives a whistle stop tour of the technological landscape the British higher education sector finds itself in. Key landmarks are identified, the challenges outlined and potential … Continue reading Book Review
This is a short address I gave to an International Women's Day Wikipedia edit-athon on 8th March 2017 at the university where I work, on why Wikipedia matters. We used to say in libraries that if something doesn't appear on the first page of a google results page, it may as well not exist. I … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day