Fewer Shades of Grey

Posted On Sep 14 2012 by

When I was in library school in the mid-nineties, I was told there was a “greying  of the profession” in process.  As I cocky, young, soon-to-be librarian, I read this threat as a promise.  So many librarians would be retiring in the next 20 years that we literally could not fill their seats with the new generations of librarians “coming online.” I was intrigued by the challenge but utterly stunned by the professional response.  Somehow this looming threat was turning into a library school recruitment effort.  I had a different reaction.  If we were a factory, I thought, and we …


A New Brand Day

Posted On Dec 5 2011 by

So at some point, blogging became like exercise to me.  It used to come easily because I did it regularly, and if I didn’t do it regularly, I missed it terribly.  I hear that runners get like this…I wouldn’t know.  Despite my hectic pace, it’s more webscale than cardiovascular.  So, I’m trying once again to turn over a new leaf, looking for an equivalent to new year’s day to start blogging again.  I figured that OCLC’sintroduction of a new brand is as good way to start as any. OCLC WorldShare I won’t bore any of you with what goes into …


Plan for Success

Posted On Apr 25 2011 by

I had a great opportunity to travel to the northwest this month to attend the Oregon Library Association meeting (briefly) and the Montana (combined with Mountain Plains) Library Association meeting (slightly less briefly).  I’ve been wanting to highlight one presentation I saw from that trip ever since I got back and this is the first free moment I’ve had to put it all together. In Oregon, I was participating with colleagues Carl Grant from Ex Libris and Neil Block from Innovative Interfaces in a pre-conference on library-vendor relationships.  That sounds like enough fun in and of itself, but it’s actually …


Web-scale Management Services Introduces Gesture-based Library Management

Posted On Apr 1 2011 by

Put down that mouse and keyboard!  Twenty-first century, Web-based libray management services now means finding a whole new way to interact with library data and customers.  As the team at OCLC working on Web-scale Management Services has been hammering out new functional requirements, we’ve had a lot of leeway in breaking new ground.  But we’ve really been looking for a way to take the service beyond the obvious trends of electronic content management and mobile interfaces.  That’s when one of our developers hooked up his XBox Kinect sensor to our development environment and the ideas started flying faster than we …


Building Community

Posted On Aug 20 2010 by

On occasion, I still get asked, “Why did you go to OCLC?”  That combined with “What and Why is Web-scale Management Services?” comprise my top two FAQ.   In fact, I recently recorded an answer to the first two questions for inclusion on theOCLC Web scale site. (The third most-asked question is, of course, “Why Ohio?” but that is bit off-topic and a whole ‘nother story). Back to OCLC and Web Scale–every story has deeper roots than can be articulated in a 3 1/2 minute video.  Since I was a kid, I always liked taking things apart.  But I’m not much of a …