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D-Lib Articles of Interest

.: The latest D-Lib Magazine is out, v12 n4 April 2006. A couple of articles caught my eye.

Coming Together around Library 2.0:A Focus for Discussion and a Call to Arms
, is an opinion piece written by Dr Paul Miller, Technology Evangelist at Talis in the UK. Abstract (with links to references removed):

'Library 2.0' is a term that provides focus to a number of ongoing conversations around the changing ways that libraries should make themselves and their services visible to end users and to one another. Through white papers, articles, blog posts, podcasts, presentations and more, at Talis we are taking part in this increasingly global conversation. Library 2.0 is more, though, than just a stimulus to conversation. The phrase captures notions of disruptive change, and promises to challenge both the ways in which we consider our library services and the forms in which they are offered to potential beneficiaries.
Libraries and the Long Tail: Some Thoughts about Libraries in a Network Age, is from Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist of OCLC, and creator of Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog. The opening paragraph reads:

Discussions of the long tail that I have seen or heard in the library community strike me as somewhat partial. Much of that discussion is about how libraries contain deep and rich collections, and about how their system-wide aggregation represents a very long tail of scholarly and cultural materials (a system may be at the level of a consortium, or a state, or a country). However, I am not sure that we have absorbed the real relevance of the long tail argument, which is about how well supply and demand are matched in a network environment. It is not enough for materials to be present within the system: they have to be readily accessible ('every reader his or her book', in Ranganathan's terms), potentially interested readers have to be aware of them ('every book its reader'), and the system for matching supply and demand has to be efficient ('save the time of the user')

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