Installing Blacklight and Solr on Ubuntu 16.04

Academic Commons is Columbia University’s digital research repository where faculty, students, and staff, and alumni deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Academic Commons is a Fedora repository with a customized interface built on Blacklight, an open-source Ruby on Rails application designed to offer a next-generation user experience, including faceted searching. Repository content…

Installing the Samgrah ILS on Ubuntu 16.04.1

Samgrah is a freely available integrated library system (ILS) developed in India as a project for students of Ruby on Rails. Let me say at the outset that Samgrah is NOT a professional ILS. It leaves quite a bit to be desired (MARC-record, anyone? Serials? Acquisitions?) for actual library use, and more resembles an archival management tool…

Still Converging: Information Services in the Library

This collection of case studies (see below) is now almost 10 years old and the studies it contains are at least that old if not older. The idea of convergence and collaboration in campus information services, however, continues to drive the current operations and future planning of most academic libraries even today, and probably rightly so. A cursory…

The h-index versus the i10-index: Metrics for Academic Research Impact

Admittedly, this is likely a post that only a librarian would write. If you are reading this you are likely a librarian as well, else perhaps a youngish academic building your scholarly portfolio. Regardless, this is cool. The h-index and the i10-index are metrics for measuring the impact of a scholar on the larger academic…

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen in The Netherlands is amazing. Every year the university invites a handful of PhD students from around the world to spend four weeks at the university studying, researching, and writing, followed by a summary paper presentation to the university community. Travel to and from The…

New Book: Brand Luther

A fascinating and well-researched look at “how an unheralded monk turned his small town into a center of publishing, made himself the most famous man in Europe, and started the Protestant Reformation.” Andrew Pettegree’s scholarly works continue to prove helpful. Luther thought that the printing press would usher in the end times due to its…

The iPad Pro: Library Research & Article Annotation

I am a university CIO who began as a tech-oriented librarian. I now get to dream about innovative ways that libraries (information resources) and campus technology (information systems and services) can collaborate and collide to make new things possible. But I also retain a foot in the academic world as I try (emphasize on try)…

JournalTOC and Article Discovery: TicToc Has Grown Up.

Almost ten years ago I highlighted TicTOC, a service that published over 12,000 journal tables of contents (TOCs), freely available to all.  Now called JournalTOCs, it has grown to contain tables of contents (TOCs) and other article metadata for over 27,000 journals directly collected from over 2800 publishers. It was created by researchers from the Institute for…

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

And I quote: I have no idea what is going to come next. Although I have worked with string-search algorithms and data-mining techniques for twenty-five years, I don’t believe in the digital utopia for five minutes. I don’t think that magical tools are going to enable college seniors suddenly to do library research that will…

Of Shelving and Shelvers

  This little guide from ALA series for the “busy librarian” is perhaps the most succinctly helpful book on the topic of training those who reshelve books in the library.  A tedious task, to be sure, but is there a more needful one?  Patricia Tunstall is a reference assistant at a public library in Illinois…

Making Sense of Yet Another Guide

Making sense: a student’s guide to research and writing : religious studies Margot Northey; Oxford University Press 2012 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Oxford University Press has developed a series of discipline-specific guides built from the more generic 2007 guide to research and writing of the same name. This particular volume reiterates the approach recommended there and applies…

A Recommended Book on Leadership and Management

Mission-based management: leading your not-for-profit in the 21st century Peter C. Brinckerhoff; John Wiley & Sons 2010 WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Books on management abound and I have unfortunately had the “pleasure” of reading my share of them. Indeed, there are books on management in just about every conceivable context: business, church, life, personal relationships (yes, really),…