Why do we continue to silo our supply chains?

Posted On Aug 13 2009 by

Okay, so I have not been the most faithful blogger, lately.  I was going to make an excuse about increased micro-blogging on Twitter or social activity on Facebook, but those have fallen rather dormant as well, so I have no good excuses.  I do, however have some good news, and that is some guest postings from my friend and colleague, Matt Goldner. So today, guest columnist, Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, contributes his thoughts on sharing systems and workflows to deliver a more effective experience to patrons.  In his new role, Matt will be on the road visiting libraries …


Sacred Cow #4: Notes, notes, notes

Posted On Sep 5 2008 by

In case you’re wondering how many cows are in this pasture, I started counting and figured I could keep this series going for at least the rest of the calendar year.  How long can I milk this one?  After a while, though, it begins to look whiny and tired, so I thought I would end with a cow for which it might make sense to make more hay.  (there, have I…ahem…butchered that metaphor enough?). Some of last week’s work had me thinking about notes fields in bibliographic and item records.  Boy, do we love notes.  We didn’t quite have the …


Sacred Cow #3: Migration

Posted On Aug 24 2008 by

Though I heard it in a much different context once, I like to apply something from religion to the world of libraries (don’t worry).  Preparing the congregation for a “radical change,” a senior pastor told his flock: “There’s a difference between ‘tradition’ and ‘traditionalism’.”  Tradition is what we do all the time and for some good reason.  Traditionalism is what we do all the time but we can no longer recall the reason.  I think libraries excel at traditionalism, and I have been giving quite a bit of thought to the processes we use to perpetuate it. In the first …


Sacred Cow #2

Posted On Aug 7 2008 by

Sorry for the long gap between cows…I had some technical difficulties that were making it hard for me to blog.  On with it… I’ve been thinking about one of the most bloated sacred cows in library management systems.  No, not the MARC record–I’ll leave that one to others.  I’m talking about Circulation Rules.  It’s become almost cliche to compare what we do in libraries (and this accusation is pointed primarily at academic libraries) to a typical commercial customer service. Picture me at the Blockbuster checkout desk. Me: Hi, I’m visiting here for the next six months and was wondering if …


Sacred Cow #1

Posted On Jul 16 2008 by

You’ve likely already heard that OCLC has released a new report on library advocacy.  But today, I’m wishing that the previous one had gotten more attention from the library community. Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World got some serious attention from the social networking cliques, but I was really hoping that it would open the dialog about privacy expectations some more. I attended a lecture on privacy at NCSU once where the speaker mentioned that we are living in a climate where most undergraduates would trade a DNA sample for an Extra Value Meal.  A nice throw-away line, …