MetaBlog

Posted On Apr 16 2008 by

MetaBlog calls itself the blog of blogs, but since I am a librarian, I will refer to metablog as a blog about blogs. I’ve come across two new ones from colleagues whom I respect and admire and since they might not be known to the library world, I thought they were worth pointing out. Abe Lederman, founder of Deep Web Technologies, has launched Federated Search Blog.  Sol Lederman (Abe’s brother, who has held various positions at DWT) will be doing most of the posting.  This is the kind of blog that I wished had existed a couple of years ago …


Still Here

Posted On Aug 21 2007 by

No, I did not drop off the face of the planet, and I recognize that 13 days without a post is the blogospheric equivalent of digital disappearance. Vacation, followed by vacation recovery, was the cause of my absence. Summer is coming to an end. Classes at NCSU start today. My kids go back to elementary school next week. We made it through another summer. In the meantime, there have been some library automation happenings of note. I think we made it through the entire summer season without the loss, merger, or acquisition of a single ILS entity! Some attrition at …


Even More Meta

Posted On Jul 11 2007 by

Every time I look, metasearch is still with us. Part of me keeps hoping it will go away, but nope, it’s still there. And thank goodness that there are enough people and companies out there still trying to make it better. Index Data announced Monday that they have created IRSpy, a registry of information retrieval targets that support Z39.50 and SRW/SRU. “Each registry entry consists of both database level information, such as the indexes supported for searching and the record syntax and schemas supported for retrieval, and record level metadata such as titles, authors, and descriptions.” Such a registry has …


Preaching to the Publishers

Posted On Oct 31 2006 by

I just got back from Nashville and the 9th annual LITA Forum–the second of four trips in just under 3 weeks. Next I’m off to NISO’s Discovery to Delivery, and then I wind up my fall travel in Charleston. You’re probably wondering how I get any work done…the secret is I don’t. Anyway, the LITA Forum is always a great chance to catch up with colleagues, see some good presentations and thoughtful keynotes, and just hang out. I was pleased to see more public librarians in attendance this year. There were just shy of 400 in in Nashville. For some …


More Meta

Posted On Sep 29 2006 by

After spending a couple years of my professional life trying to improve the state of metasearch (federated search, if you prefer), I took a little break from being so passionate about the subject. But, like e-books, it’s one of those library technologies that I just can’t seem to shake an interest in. And it seems like librarians are loosening up a bit and letting patron demands and satisfaction with “good enough” search results replace an entrenched skepticism about the adequacy of metasearch. It’s still amusing to note that it took metasearch for librarians to beatify content providers’ native interfaces, which …