The sayings of Maurice Line

In a previous post, I wrote about Maurice Line, the eminent British librarian, who died last year. One of Maurice's specialities was his ability to show up what he regarded as the failings of the profession in a pithy and very quotable style. I reproduce a selection of typical Line-isms below, taken from just two… Continue reading The sayings of Maurice Line

Maurice Line (1928-2010)

Rather belatedly, we should note the death in September 2010 of Maurice Line. One of the leaders of his generation of British librarians, Line was always a proponent of the value of research in library and information. I am not sure whether he would have liked the terms 'evidence-based practice' or 'reflective practitioner', but he… Continue reading Maurice Line (1928-2010)

Big (information) history

This is an amended version of an editorial written for Journal of Documentation. Information history is a new discipline, located at the boundary where history meets the sciences of information. This subject ranges from the narrow history of the information sciences and professions, to the broader historical development of libraries, information services and information management,… Continue reading Big (information) history

The end of media and the continuance of skills

Although I have never had very much to do with newspaper libraries, and other media information services, I still felt a little sad at the news of the demise of the Association of UK Media Librarians. For over 20 years this was the professional body for information specialists in this sector. Now, alas, the double… Continue reading The end of media and the continuance of skills

Alas poor ARIST

Academic disciplines usually have few have few scholarly resources that can reasonably be described as 'jewels'; this label can certainly be applied to Annual Reviews of Information Science and Technology, which has for 45 years been the main forum for scholarly review articles in information science. Not for much longer. The sponsoring body, the American… Continue reading Alas poor ARIST

Portrait of the Author as a Young Information Scientist

I try not to talk too much about myself in this blog, but make an exception here. This post gives a brief account of how I came into the library/information professions, as a contribution to the excellent Library Routes project. When I was young, I was fascinated by science, and science fiction, and imagined I… Continue reading Portrait of the Author as a Young Information Scientist

Brian Vickery (and the uneasy information scientists)

At the start of the 2010, we heard the sad news of the death of Brian Vickery in October last year. He was one of the leading lights of British information science over many years. This post is an expanded version of a short appreciation which I wrote as an editorial for Journal of Documentation.… Continue reading Brian Vickery (and the uneasy information scientists)

Documenting Babel – languages in information science

Musing on the continuing place of language issues in both research and practice in the information sciences, following my participation in the Zagreb InFuture meeting, I wrote an editorial on the topic for the Journal of Documentation. This post is an amended version. Languages, in one guise or another, have been a constant feature of… Continue reading Documenting Babel – languages in information science

Information Science in Transition

My colleague Lyn Robinson has beaten me to the announcement, in a posting on her blog, of an excellent new book from Facet Publishing. Edited by Alan Gilchrist, 'Information Science in Transition' has 16 contributed chapters (originally articles in a special issue of the Journal of Information Science) covering a wide range of issues relating… Continue reading Information Science in Transition

Is our worth the only thing of value ?

I presented a one-day training course earlier this week for Aslib, the London-based Association for Information Management. I present a few professional development courses for them, and this was a new one, run for the first time. Called Assessing our Worth, it looks at ways of measuring the impact and value of library / information… Continue reading Is our worth the only thing of value ?