Posted on August 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The JISC-funded Jerome project ended on 31 July 2011. Here are the final few project blog posts:
The Jerome search portal itself is [still] at http://jerome.library.lincoln.ac.uk/, and the open data APIs are all being documented on http://data.lincoln.ac.uk/ – we’ll not be switching any of it off any time soon
Posted on July 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
The University of Lincoln has… rather a lot of web subdomains. Some might say too many. Our JISC funded Linking You project touched on this problem (assuming it is a problem), and then slowly—and wisely—backed away.
All of the following can by found using a Google domain search – each of these can be suffixed by “lincoln.ac.uk” to form a real domain name:
Disclaimer: I’ve no idea how many of these are current, official, or meaningful. However, here’s a humble proposal: if you want a new subdomain under *.lincoln.ac.uk, you have to have it tattooed on your arm first.
- blogs.lincoln.ac.uk (and any number of blog sub-subdomains)
- online.lincoln.ac.uk (and several sub-subdomains including cwd.online.lincoln.ac.uk, openatrium.online.lincoln.ac.uk, and nucleus.online.lincoln.ac.uk)
- www.lincoln.ac.uk (our main corporate website)
And I’ve not even got started on our own dirt – the University Library’s own little handful of subdomains.
Firstly, what the Library hasn’t got. There’s nothing to see at:
(i.e. we’ve nothing at the ‘root’ Library subdomain. A couple of people have spotted this slight illogicality.)
Now what we have got, or have had in the recent past:
…this points at our SirsiDynix HiP 3.08 library catalogue. Really, if anything, this ought to represent the overall web presence of the Library, with HiP relegated to something like catalogue.library.lincoln.ac.uk
…the Jerome project.
…which is defunct and redirects to the main blogs site.
…a moribund, older installation of our EPrints Repository used for the 2008 RAE.
Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
Here are ten of the best practical library tech blogs that I follow. They’re all about technology (ish), but they’re not geeky or inaccessible. Most but not all, are written by people in of UK Higher Education libraries. In case you want to subscribe to them en masse, I’ve bundled them up into an OPML file which you should be able to import into a feed reader (e.g. Google Reader).
Q. Have you got a good library technology blog? Care to share?
- Copac Developments
What’s happening behind the scenes at Copac
- Electronic Resources Blog
Library Services, University of Huddersfield
eLibrary team, Birmingham City University
- Fulup’s blog
A librarian at De Montfort University
- Musings around librarianship
Aaron Tay, a librarian at the National University of Singapore
- NewT Bham – where technology and libraries meet
New Technologies Group at the University of Birmingham Library
- Phil Bradley’s Weblog
Internet consultant and (2011) CILIP Vice-president
- ResourceShelf ResourceBlog
“We find the sources; you get the credit!“
- “Self-plagiarism is style” – Dave Pattern’s blog
Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield
- UoL Library Blog – develop, debate, innovate
University of Leicester
Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
(Taken from: http://vreproject.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/)
The VRE project at the University of Lincoln is looking at building, from scratch, a lightweight, modular, loosely-coupled online environment which will allow academic staff, students & external researchers to collaborate on research projects using a ‘toolkit’ of re-usable applications (calendaring, document authoring, web publishing, rights management, etc.)
We’re installing and trialling a couple of applications which could provide the framework of the VRE itself:
And we’re looking at a mixture of existing and new web applications and initiatives (shared calendars, RefWorks, the Google Docs API, the Repository, WordPress) to provide the constituent applications of the VRE.
Posted on December 7th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp
I’ve been working on a little website for the University of Lincoln’s resident statistician, John Flynn, to promote to students (and their lecturers) the services of the Lincoln Maths and Statistics Support Centre.
It’s [yet another] WordPress site on the University’s blogging / self-publishing platform, ‘themed’ with the University’s new-ish CWD (Common Web Design) template.
The support centre itself operates out of the GCW University Library (“Learning Development” suite) three days a week, and helps students with assessment worries and analysis for project work. Related: sigma – Centre for Excellence in Mathematics & Statistics Support.
The website is at: http://mathsandstats.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/
Posted on October 12th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp
For more than a year, I’ve been meaning to resurrect my website of tips & tricks for reference management. I finally got around to doing so today, with a new video tutorial about sending references to a RefWorks account from the University of Lincoln Repository.
You can see it at – http://refworks.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/
Last July, inspired by my colleague (CERD Technology Officer) Joss Winn‘s collection of Google Search Tutorials, I began creating my own screencast videos, with the intention that they would “build up over time into a collection of useful video tutorials to help [people] use RefWorks personal bibliographic management software“.
I still think there’s real potential in creating short, single-issue video tutorials, published in blog form, to address RefWorks / bibliography management FAQs. So I’m now going to attempt to keep on top of it and add a new video every week. I’m creating the screencasts using TechSmith Jing software, and the site itself is running on WordPress (on the University of Lincoln’s own blogs service, at: blogs.lincoln.ac.uk).
Jing (and the associated screencast.com website) makes it reasonably easy to create screencasts with audio, and to embed them in any web page (including a WordPress blog post)…
…and you might assume that six or seven years of presenting live radio would make easy for me to knock off professional-sounding voiceovers straight into a headset mic. Yes; you might very well assume that.
Posted on July 29th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp
A list of six free Web 2.0 tools and technologies that may be of use to libraries. Adapted from a post on the University of Lincoln’s library staff blog.
View this item on the University Repository: http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/2528/