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 …


Year in Review

Posted On Dec 16 2010 by

I’m a deadline kind of guy.  I think it comes from writing for magazines.  I do much better (even at the last minute) if I know I have a deadline.  Frankly, it’s one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to.  When Hectic Pace was atAmerican Libraries, they were smart enough to contractually obligate me to four posts per month.  I should have told OCLC that if they really wanted me to blog, they should have put it in my contract. So my deadline for a year end review of activities is, naturally, the end of the …


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 …


Global Web Scale

Posted On Mar 1 2010 by

I just got back from the first ever OCLC EMEA Regional Council meeting in The Netherlands.  Much has been written and discussed regarding OCLC’s governance changes, but that is not really what I wanted to address.  This meeting was the best I have ever seen for non-US participants and members for OCLC.  And I’m not just saying that because OCLC’s Web-scale strategy was a central part of the discussion.  OK, that is why I’m saying it. “EMEA”–Europe, Middle East, and Africa–is completely an American invention, used to simplify business dealings across an entire region.  OCLC certainly didn’t invent it, but …


Getting it right

Posted On Sep 25 2009 by

Since announcing OCLC’s web-scale management services strategy, it seems that the term “web-scale” (or “webscale” depending on your editing preferences) has been catching on a bit. At first, some users diluted the meaning that Lorcan Dempsey had labored to establish in the library space.  And I will continue to argue that web-scale in the context of library automation–especially management systems–is a major sea-change.  5000 transactions per second may be no great shakes for Google, Amazon, and Twitter, but in library automation, we’ve never seen anything like this before. Then web-scale began to catch on a bit, and I thought the …