Readers, Above The Fold wasn't published last week while OCLC Research was busy staffing the 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting. If you're interested in the meeting, we'll be making our presentations and webinars from the meeting available via our website soon. We hoped you missed us. This issue captures material that would have been in that missed issue.
In this issue:
Open Culture • May 23, 2009
From podcast to paper. Author Seth Harwood describes how he podcast his way to a publishing deal with Random House. Here's one more example of how the open source business model is creating new paradigms in the publishing industry.
Strategy+Business • May 19, 2009
Out of the box. The venerable legal information service says it's got much more to offer than just a catalog of court documents. Under the direction of CEO Andrew Prozes, LexisNexis has branched out into customizable solutions, such as risk information and analytics services, for a variety customer types. If you haven't looked at LexisNexis recently, check out this interview with Prozes to see what's on the agenda for this online information powerhouse.
Survival of the Fittest Tag: Folksonomies, Findability and the Evolution of the Information Organization
First Monday • May 4, 2009
Wanted: a folksonomy framework. Volunteers are enthusiastically tagging away at the Web, but as yet there's no uniform framework for terminology or taxonomy. This article chronicles the evolution of folksonomies and notes several suggestions for resolving this issue before it gets out of hand, including linking tags to thesauri and natural language processing technology.
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox • May 11, 2009
Keep it simple. Many of Nielsen's tips are obvious, but this refresher course on good Web site design is useful for guiding decisions as your Web site evolves and avoiding the cardinal sin — adding pages to the existing site without considering how they fit into the overall structure and navigation system.
Financial Times • May 28, 2009
Make room for the Millennials. This article reminds us of the different work habits and expectations that younger people bring to the mix — and our opportunity to turn that into a competitive advantage if we capitalize on their strengths rather than try to fit them into the existing corporate mold. And just in case we think we have a choice in the matter: "In economies where the working population is ageing, this may not just be desirable but essential to survival."
ARTNews • June 2009
Extreme makeover? While science museums generally have done a good job of drawing in the public, art museums are suffering from the perception of "elitism" says author Robin Cembalest. In response, art-museum directors are looking to game theory and interactive technology to transform the experience they offer, with the goal of incorporating "the customer service of an Apple store, the comforts of a Barnes & Noble, and the dynamism of a town square." As changing demographics shrink art museums' natural constituency, one museum director warns, "we'll be out of business by 2034."
Technology Review • May 18, 2009
One for all. A new study debunks the practice of "differentiated leadership" — managing individuals differently based on their temperaments and abilities. With so much emphasis on collaboration and teamwork, it's important to manage staff in a way that maximizes productivity and morale in the workplace.
- OCLC Takes Final Steps to Transition Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
- "Treasures on Trucks and Other Taboos: Rethinking the Sharing of Special Collections" Webinar Recording Available
- A Modest Proposal: Classifying Objects
- Sharing Usability Results
- The Scale of Orphan [Works] Relief
- Libraries and Catalogues: Systemic Attention
- Audience Level
- Serious Scanning at Boston Public Library
- RLG Partnership Meetings at ALA Annual, 10–13 July in Chicago, IL
- 2009 RLG Partnership LAM Panels
11 July at ALA in Chicago, IL
15 August at SAA in Austin, TX