Transferred illusions

I've just written a review of Marilyn Deegan and Kathryn Sutherland's Transferred lllusions: digital technology and the forms of print for the journal Alexandria. This is a modified version: The so-called 'digital transition' has been at the forefront of the minds of many library / information specialists over the past few years, as the certainties… Continue reading Transferred illusions

Dark Side: is the news fit to print ?

I wrote a while ago about our new paper on the dark side of information: information overload, information anxiety, information avoidance and the like. Subsequently, the University's press office picked this up as something likely to have mass appeal, and a short piece has appeared in the University newsletter. The process by which this appeared… Continue reading Dark Side: is the news fit to print ?

Emerald editors

Last Friday I went to a editor day at Emerald Publishing; one of the few perks of the job that I get for editing the Journal of Documentation. I'm not sure what the collective noun for editors is, but there were certainly a lot of us there; more from Emerald's business and management journals than… Continue reading Emerald editors

Keitai and novel, medium and message

In my last post about browsing arXiv on the iPhone, I mused about the use of mobile devices for information access. By the sort of happy coincidence which afflicts the blogger, the following day's London Metro free paper carried an article about novels written for the mobile phone. The keitai shousetsu, as moblie phone novels… Continue reading Keitai and novel, medium and message

Of Archives and iPhones

A new posting on Gerry MacKiernan's Mobile Libraries blog tells us about a new application for Apple iPhone. We can now search and display recent additions to the arXiv repository of preprints in the physical sciences. A clever, and logical enough no doubt, development in the trend towards mobile information. And something more for me… Continue reading Of Archives and iPhones

An informationist ? and occasional ?

The term 'informationist' has a long history of being not quite accepted. At present, it seems to have been hi-jacked by healthcare librarians, to imply someone working in that area who has a good understanding of, and perhaps even a qualification in, relevant clinical specialities; a pretty specific instance of an 'information scientist in context'.… Continue reading An informationist ? and occasional ?