Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Book Review: Words Words Words

Words Words Words by David Crystal. OUP Oxford (2007), Paperback, 224 pages

This is a much lighter book than many of David Crystal's works. It makes a readable introduction to the subject, actually the chapter summaries seem to suggest that it might be intended for the school/college student. The final chapter includes some exercises (word games?) to test the reader.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

SCA Meeting - Edinburgh

Not (unfortunately) the Society for Creative Anachronism, but the Strategic Content Alliance, which is only interested in library & information world domination, despite the scary name.

Not the most relevant of days for us but as always I found a couple of intersting sessions.

E-books observatory is always of interest - they are colecting so much data that every presentation/discussion brings up fresh perspective. Today's examples: students spend almost half their time in an ebook looking at the cover. Can you judge an ebook by its cover? They very rarrely use inay of the platform features or interactivity. This may be a chicken and egg scario - they are unfamiliar with these so don't use them, and increased usage may make them more comfortable with using them.
The BBC MemoryShare & CenturyShare sites are interesting concepts - for example we have archived audiocassettes of memories of people working in the printing industry (many libraries must have similar), something like this which puts them on a timeline and in context could bring out the content much more effectively.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

IGeLU 2008 Madrid

Returned from a successful trip to the IGeLU conference

Some pictures of buildings and gardens on webshots, including the wonderful Bibliometro.
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