DSpace REST API built in JERSEY

I thought I’d take a quick moment to highlight some work that was done by one of the programmers here at The OSU, Peter Dietz.  Peter is a bit of a DSpace wiz and a contributor to the project, and one of the things that he’s been interested in working on has been the development… Read more

Libraries and cooking

With my move to The Ohio State University Libraries, one of the things that I’ve been thinking a lot about is how to tie together a lot of seemingly desperate systems to start creating a coherent digital initiatives infrastructure.  It’s a fun problem to be working though…something I was trying to explain to a friend… Read more

Thinking about what’s not being measured by the Ithaka S+R Survey

I’d posted some not so random thoughts on the Ohio State Libraries local IT blog.  If interested, you can find it here: http://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/thinking-about-whats-not-being-measured-by-the-ithaka-sr-survey/ In a nutshell, I’ve been struck this time around the very old-world view of the library the survey seems to be presenting to faculty.  Certainly, the survey has value, but I wonder… Read more

Evaluating digital services: an alternative reality

Sorry for what I’m sure will be a longish post.  This is a bit of a brain dump — Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how libraries determine if services that they provide are successful.  Well, specifically, how libraries determine if digital services that they provide are successful.  And after attending DLF and listening… Read more

An OA mandate for the OSU library faculty

The OSU Library faculty recently adopted an OA mandate, which is pretty cool.  You can read about it here: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/dspace/handle/1957/10850 and what a few others are saying about it: Peter Suber: http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2009/03/oa-mandate-for-library-faculty-of-osu.html Steven Harnad: http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/548-Planets-1st-Library-Faculty-Green-OA-Mandate-7th-US-Mandate,-68th-Worldwide.html I think that this is important on a number of levels. Symbolically, it’s important.  It’s very difficult for the library… Read more

Reading between the lines

Like a number of people, I found the following piece (http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i24/24a01101.htm) from the Chronicle of Higher Education on the Open Library fairly interesting — in part, because of the topics that the author chose to highlight.  I tend to categorizes pieces such as this as fluff, in that one rarely gets any content of substance… Read more