Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Notes from Library Conference|| |
| Notes from ALA MidWinter Meeting|
I attended the American Library Association's meeting in Boston, hoping to learn new developments in digital library technologies. Some observations.
- Every Tom, Dick, Harry, Pete, and Steve how want to make money from the
Internet, and everybody is offering what they call "Online Research
Tools", and "Online Portals", and everybody has the same
mantra --"federated search", "link to full text", and
- I asked "Open Access" gurus about value additions to open-access
content -- like Open Access Research Databases, independent abstracts and reviews
of OA papers, and they seem to be clueless. All they could tell me was
"independently compiled abstracts and reviews are not original research
and falls the outside the scope of OA movement." Great.
- The vendor showcases are boring. I have been to several trade shows, the library shows are the worst. The most important person in library business (the researcher) had no representation.
- You better believe in the stereotype librarian. They really are like
- Whereas every vendor I spoke to was shivering with
fear that their offerings are about to become history, the biggest players in the content and search business
(Google and Yahoo)
were completely absent. The librarians are still chanting "info on
the web not reliable" mantra. Hello!
- I asked every vendor in electronic content business how are they going to
know a patron (a reader in the library) has access to a particular content
(electronic music, electronic book, research paper etc) and they are seem to
rely on the librarian to tell them that (as if the librarians have no other
work). Anyway how does the librarian know what I bought on iTunes or Amazon?!
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, January 17, 2005|
Last Modified: 1/19/2005 5:19:15 PM
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.