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Andrew Pace’s Top Tech Trends
(about the four parts a dis-integrated library system has:
OPAC / Electronic Resource Management / Digital Repositories / Metasearch, SS)
Andrew Pace (Lita blog, 29.06.2005)

Het is beter te handelen en spijt te hebben dan niet te handelen en spijt te hebben.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Netwerken zijn voor de huidige tijd wat fabrieken voor de industriële revolutie waren.
Manuel Castells (interview in NRC, 1997)

De voorzichtige informatisering van het afgelopen decennium (...) opent wegen naar nieuwe vormen van bewoning, als sociaal-cultureel en communicatief proces, waarin we onze gehechtheid aan het duurzame behuisde leven opnieuw zullen eren beleven en uitdrukken. In de samenhang tussen de compromisloze materialiteit van onze directe fysieke sensaties, de mythische omvang van de informatienetwerken en de mobiliteit van het dataverkeer vinden we nieuwe voorwaarden voor ons onverklaarbare bestaan.
Jouke Kleerebezem (Eigenaar, bewoner, huisbezorger, in: De Witte Raaf, 116, p. 5)

(...) home is represented, not by a house, but by a practice, or by a set of practices. Everyone has his own. These practices, chosen and not imposed, offer in their repetition, transient as they may be in themselves, more permanence, more shelter than any lodging. Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived.
John Berger (And Our faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, 1984, p. 64)

Elk serieus huis verlangt vroeg of laat vol overgave bewoond te worden.
Jouke Kleerebezem (Eigenaar, bewoner, huisbezorger, in: De Witte Raaf, 116, p. 4)

(...) From the perspective of an observer, there is always ambiguity in a communicative interaction. The phenomenon of communication depends on not what is transmitted, but on what happens to the person who receives it. And this is a very different matter from 'transmitting information'.
H. Maturana & F. Varela (The Tree of Knowledge)

In describing the state of the MIT Libraries in the 21 st century, we sometimes humorously characterize our situation as having "one foot on the dock, and one foot in the dinghy." Considerable amounts of time, energy, and resources are dedicated to maintaining the traditional library environment (the "dock") on which the MIT community still remains heavily and documentably reliant for research and education. At the same time, however, a significant and growing amount of our effort must now be dedicated to trying to anticipate and influence the complex emerging digital environment (the "dinghy") that will inevitably shape academic research library collections and services in the future.
Ann J. Wolpert (MIT Libraries Annual Report FY 2003-2004)

(...) as network behavior is increasingly supported by workflow and resource integration services, the library must think about how to make its services available to those workflows. Many of our recent discussions have in fact been about this very issue, about putting the library in the flow.
Lorcan Dempsey (entry 'In the flow', 24 juni 2005)

One reason that supply-side customization and personalization services have not been more actively taken up is that it may be less important to me to be able to manipulate flows and resources within a supply-side environment than to be able to integrate them into my self constructed demand-side environment. So, for example the most important thing for me may not be to manipulate components within some user interface, or to have email alerts sent to me, it may be to have an RSS feed so that I can interact with a range of resources in a uniform way. The value may be in playing well with my aggregator, a central part of my workflow, of how I engage with network services.
Lorcan Dempsey (over waarom het onderscheid tussen push- en pull technologie een achterhaald concept is - SS, 'In the flow', 24 juni 2005)

Libraries are unlike museums or theatres, their role is not spectacular.
Lorcan Dempsey (entry 'Places and digital information spaces', 1999)

It's the services stupid. There is a real focus on services across repositories in these presentations, even if actual services of this type are nascent. The real impact of these repositories will be felt when they are stitched into a fabric of services which in turn can be stitched into local environments. I have argued elsewhere that such stitching will be facilitated by focusing on a small number of standards and approaches.
Lorcan Dempsey (in an evaluation of the presentations at a recent meeting on Institutional Repositories, especially the presentation by Herbert Van de Sompel, entry 'Repositories again', 9 juni 2005)

Wat ik me soms afvraag, zwevend tussen de mogelijkheden, wat is er persoonlijk aan mij? Wat is er onvervreemdbaar aan mij? Wat is mijn harde kern? Ik kan me alles voorstellen, me overal bij neerleggen, van iedereen houden, heb ik echte gevoelens, ik zou het niet weten, het enige wat ik heb zijn verlangens, die voortdurend van vorm veranderen, ik denk altijd dat ik moet kiezen om te zijn wie ik werkelijk ben, die keuzes geven mij het gevoeld dat mijn identiteit willekeurig is, mijn leven is als bladeren door een tijdschrift et cetera.
Oscar van den Boogaard (Sensaties, p. 8)

Museums, archives and libraries have emerged from very different traditions, yet are increasingly being asked to maximise exploitation of their similarities in working together to deliver content to the user. All three have a shared heritage of considering the grouping of their materials into collections, albeit along notably different lines. Nevertheless, the experiences gained in describing and managing diverse collections of physical material appear highly relevant to today's digital resources. The three sectors stand to benefit from closer examination of practices amongst themselves if they are to adapt most effectively to the new challenges that they face.
Paul Miller (D-Lib Magazine - september 2000, the first thematic issue about collection-level description)

Collection level description should be regarded as an essential first step in identifying priorities for more detailed retrospective conversion, cataloguing and documentation work.
Full Disclosure Prioritisation Study, Cultural Heritage Consortium (2002)

Thinking globally before acting locally (guiding principle in an series of articles about collection-level descriptions in cultural heritage, SS)
Ann Chapman, Bridget Robinson (Ariadne, issue 40 - july 2004)

Onderzoek wordt qua aanpak interdisciplinair, mede danzij de snelle uitwisseling en verspreiding van informatie.
Peter Rogiest

Ik heb er een vreselijke hekel aan als mensen in hun RSS feed geen volledige entries zetten maar enkel extracten.
Michel Vuijlsteke (blog-entry 03.07.2005)

archival ambitions and procedures are intrinsic to photographic practice
Anonymous (in Penser/Classer, by Mariana Castillo Deball)