Eric Lease Morgan's Top Tech Trends for ALA Mid-Winter, 2009

This is a list of “top technology trends” written for ALA Mid-Winter, 2009. They are presented in no particular order. Indexing with Solr/Lucene works well – Lucene seems to have become the gold standard when it comes to open source indexer/search engine platforms. Solr — a Web Services interface to Lucene — is increasingly the […]

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Top Tech Trends for ALA (Summer '08)

Here is a non-exhaustive list of Top Technology Trends for the American Library Association Annual Meeting (Summer, 2008). These Trends represent general directions regarding computing in libraries — short-term future directions where, from my perspective, things are or could be going. They are listed in no priority order. “Bling” in your website – I hate […]

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The "original" MyLibrary

In the news recently has been talk about Google’s “my library”, well, don’t hesitate to visit the “original” MyLibrary, now hosted at http://mylibrary.library.nd.edu. The home page is complete with bunch’s o’ documentation, sample scripts, descriptive text outlining what MyLibrary is (and is not), mailing list administratativia, links to sample applications and production-level applications, etc. The […]

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Leading a large group

The other day someone asked me about how we here at Notre Dame managed a team of 28+ members in regards to our one-year institutional digital repository pilot project (www.library.nd.edu/idr). I did my best to address their questions, and I thought I would copy my reply below. It might prove useful in your setting. (Then […]

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Unordered list of "top tech trends"

This is an unordered list of “top tech trends” from Library Land. Season to taste: * Full-text data/information is increasingly available. Now this presents real opportunities (as well as challenges) for libraries. To what degree is surrogate description necessary when full-text indexing an option. * Increasingly libraries are thinking about repurposing existing staff. “I know […]

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