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  1. Thinking outside the books: A Travel log
    • Description: This travel log outlines some of my experiences at a conference in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) entitled Think outside the books: Creating the customer-driven library hosted by PALINET in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, October 23-24, 2006. In a sentence, the conference was a joy to attend and it was interesting see how the concept of a "next generation" library catalog is being manifested.
    • Date: 2006-11-27
    • Source: This travel log was never published elsewhere
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; PALINET; travel log; librarianship;
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  2. Dr. Strangelove, or How we learned to live with Google
    • Description: On October 26, 2007 the University Libraries of Notre Dame sponsored a "mini-symposium" entitled Dr. Strangelove, or How We Learned to Live with Google. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss issues of librarianship considering an environment of globally networked computers and radically changing user expectations. It was an education process designed to enable the library faculty and staff to ask questions, reflect on the experience of others, and ultimately be better educated when technological systems present themselves as solutions to some of the profession's challenges. This text reports on the content of the symposium and offers a number of personal observations.
    • Date: 2007-11-15
    • Source: This travel log was originally "published" at
    • Subject(s): travel log; next generation library catalogs; University Libraries of Notre Dame;
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  3. "Next-Generation" Library Catalogs
    • Description: This presentation outlines some of the possibilities for "next-generation" library catalogs. Specifically it describes the technology behind these applications, enumerates ways they can exploit sets of globally networked computers, and posits opportunities for new and improved services within and around them. Librarianship has traditionally been about collection, preservation, organization, and re-distribution. These over-arching goals are still relevant in today's environment, but the methods the profession can use to achieve them is changing. The venerable library catalog and the thing it seems to be morphing into is just one example. This presentation brings together the how's and why's of this issue.
    • Date: 2009-03-25
    • Source: This presentation was written to be given at the libraries of the Purdue University on March 27 as well as an IOLUG meeting on May 15, 2009
    • Subject(s): Purdue University; next generation library catalogs; Indiana On-Line User's Group (IOLUG); presentations; librarianship;
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  4. Next Generation Data Format
  5. ECDL 2006: A Travel log
  6. Next-Generation Library Catalogues: A Presentation at Libraries Australia
    • Description: The environment of globally networked and commodity priced computers has significantly altered the information landscape. Libraries, once a central player in this environment, have seen their "market share" dwindle. This presentation outlines one way this situation can be turned around, specifically, by re-inventing the definition of the venerable library catalogue.
    • Date: 2008-11-02
    • Source: This was never formally published, but it was presented at the National Library of Australia (October 21, 2008) and at Libraries Australia (October 23, 2008)
    • Subject(s): next generation library catalogs; presentations; laf2008;
    • URL:
  7. Open Source Software in Libraries: Opportunities and Expenses
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) is not a panacea; it will not cure all problems computer. On the other hand, it does provide the library profession with enumerable opportunities as long as we are willing to pay a few expenses. This essay elaborates on these ideas by: 1) outlining what open source software is, 2) describing how its principles are similar to the principles of librarianship, and 3) enumerating a number of open source software applications. By the end it is hoped you will be have a better understanding of what open source can and cannot do for libraries. You will be better able to discuss topics related to open source software with "techies". Finally, and probably most importantly, you will have learned the definition of "free" in the context of open source.
    • Date: 2008-12-01
    • Source: This presentation was never formally published, but is was written for the MLNC Speaker Series in St. Louis Missouri
    • Subject(s): MLNC Speakers Series; presentations; open source software; librarianship;
    • URL:
  8. From Amtrak to Artemia Salina
    • Description: I experienced an interesting information phenomenon this weekend. I would like to share it with you today. It points out the need of integrating computer technology into library services of the future, not simply replacing old technology.
    • Date: 1997-09-10
    • Source: This is a pre-edited edited copy for Eric Lease Morgan, "From Amtrak to Artemia Salina" Computers In Libraries. 17(10):22-23, November/December 1997.
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
    • URL:
  9. Open Library Developer's Meeting: One Web Page for Every Book Ever Published
    • Description: I attended an Open Library Developers Meeting on Friday, February 29, 2008 in San Franciscos Presidio, and this travel log outlines my experiences there. In a sentence, it was one of the more inspiring meetings I ever attended.
    • Date: 2008-03-14
    • Source: This travel log first appeared on the Hesburgh Libraries website at
    • Subject(s): Presidio; Open Library; travel log;
    • URL:
  10. Rethink the role of the library catalog
  11. Day in the life of Mr. D.
  12. Portal implementation issues and challenges
    • Description: If you think librarianship is about the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information and knowledge, then implementing a library portal will be easy. On the other hand, if you think librarianship is about books, subscriptions, MARC records and AACR2, or integrated library systems -- the physical manifestations of traditional libraries -- then you will have a hard time. This essay outlines some of the challenges of creating a library portal, and in summary, the keys to overcoming the challenges are not technological. The keys are philosophical and interpersonal. Once you have a clear, shared vision of what the portal is intended to accomplish the rest falls into place.
    • Date: 2004-06-18
    • Source: This presenation was originally given at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, June 25, 2004. It was subsequently published in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 31(1), October/November 2004.
    • Subject(s): ALA (American Library Association); portals; presentations;
    • URL:
  13. European Conference on Digital Libraries, 2004
  14. Building your library's portal
  15. Catalog Collectivism: XC and the Future of Library Search
  16. Short visit to CRL
  17. Next generation library catalog
    • Description: This text outlines an idea for a next generation library catalog. In two sentences, this catalog is not really a catalog at all but more like a tool designed to make it easier for students to learn, teachers to instruct, and scholars to do research. It provides its intended audience with a more effective means for finding and using data and information.
    • Date: 2006-06-02
    • Source: This essay was originally published serially on the LITA Blog at
    • Subject(s): next generation library catalogs;
    • URL:
  18. Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarian Annual Meeting
  19. Networking 2000
  20. Implementing "Light-weight Reference Models" in MyLibrary
  21. All things open
    • Description: Things open abound. Open source software. Open access publishing. The open archives initiative. OpenURL. Some of these things are fundamental to the inner workings of the Internet. Others are a natural consequence of it. Some groups of people believe in things open with an almost religious fervor. At the other end of the spectrum are some people who see the same things as a drain on intellectual property. The key to progress lies in a middle ground. This presentation describes all things open in greater detail, elaborates on how they affect librarianship, and finally demonstrates some of their applicability in librarianship.
    • Date: 2006-03-28
    • Source: This file was never officially published, but the beginning is heavily based on another essay called Open Source Software in Thirty Minutes.
    • Subject(s): OpenURL; OAI (Open Archives Initiative); presentations; open access publishing; open source software; librarianship;
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  22. DLF in Chicago
  23. Today's digital information landscape
    • Description: The main point of this lecture is to bring home a single idea, namely, the what of library and information science has not changed so much as the how. Libraries are still about the processes of collection, preservation, organization, dissemination, and sometimes evaluation of data and information. While the mediums, environments, and tools have dramatically changed, the problems and services the profession addresses remain the same. If we focus on our broader goals -- see the forest from the trees -- then the profession's future is bright offering us many opportunities. If we focus too much on the particulars, then libraries and librarians will be seen as increasingly irrelevant. The following examples will hopefully make this clear.
    • Date: 2007-12-01
    • Source: This essay was originally written for a lecture at the University of North Texas (December 4, 2007)
    • Subject(s): presentations; Denton, TX; librarianship;
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  24. Texas Library Association Annual Meeting, 2003
  25. Possibilities for proactive library services
  26. Open access publishing
  27. MyLibrary 3.x and a Next Generation Library Catalogue
  28. Building the "next generation" library catalog
    • Description: How will we, the library profession, build the "next generation" library catalog, and to what degree will the process include vendor support and open source software?
    • Date: 2006-09-01
    • Source: This was originally a blog posting on the LITA blog at
    • Subject(s): next generation library catalogs;
    • URL:
  29. LITA National Forum, 2003
  30. Unordered list of "top tech trends"
  31. Web Services at OCLC
  32. A few possibilities for librarianship by 2015
    • Description: The library profession is at a cross roads. Computer technology coupled with the Internet have changed the way content is created, maintained, evaluated, and distributed. While the core principles of librarianship (collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination) are still very much apropos to the current milieu, the exact tasks of the profession are not as necessary as they once were. What is a librarian to do? In my opinion, there are three choices: 1) creating services against content as opposed to simply providing access to it, 2) curating collections that are unique to our local institutions, or 3) providing sets of services that are a combination of #1 and #2. This presentation elaborates on these ideas and demonstrates some of the possibilities.
    • Date: 2009-11-18
    • Source: This is a keynote presentation for the 4th International LIS-EPI Meeting, Valencia (Spain), November 26, 2009.
    • Subject(s): presentations; librarianship;
    • URL:
  33. Open Repositories, 2007: A Travelogue
    • Description: This text documents my experiences at the Open Repositories 2007 conference, January 22-26, San Antonio (Texas). In a sentence I learned two things: 1) institutional repository software such as Fedora, DSpace, and EPrints are increasingly being used for more than open access publishing efforts, and 2) the Web Services API of Fedora makes it relatively easy for developers using any programming language to interface with the underlying core.
    • Date: 2007-02-11
    • Source: This file was never formally published.
    • Subject(s): Gruene, Texas; institutional repositories; digital libraries; travel log;
    • URL:
  34. Gift cultures, librarianship, and open source software development
    • Description: This short essay examines more closely the concept of a "gift culture" and how it may or may not be related to librarianship. After this examination and with a few qualifications, I still believe my judgements about open source software and librarianship are true. Open source software development and librarianship have a number of similarities -- both are examples of gift cultures.
    • Date: 2000-12-28
    • Source: Frankly, I forget where this article was published first. Alas.
    • Subject(s): open source software; gift cultures; librarianship;
    • URL:
  35. Opportunities for technical services staff
    • Description: This presentation, made to the New York Technical Services Librarians Fall Dinner Meeting (Friday, November 4, 1994), first describes Mr. Serials, a process for systematically collecting, organizing, archiving, indexing, and disseminating electronic journals. Second, the presentation describes uses of World Wide Web (WWW) servers in libraries. Finally, the presentation describes how these two technologies can be assimilated into traditional library services and how technical services staff have an integral part in this assimilation process.
    • Date: 1994-11-04
    • Source: Originally entitled, "Mr. Serials and World Wide Web Servers: Opportunities for Technical Services Staff", and presented to the New York Technical Services Librarians, Friday, November 4, 1994.
    • Subject(s): New York Technical Services Librarians; presentations; cataloging;
    • URL:
  36. We love databases!
  37. Cataloging Internet Resources: A Beginning
    • Description: This presentation (given to the Tennessee Library Association, April 12, 1996, Knoxville, TN) shares the beginnings of the NCSU Libraries attempt to catalog Internet resources and make them available through a WWW interface. The presentation will share how we integrated Tim Kambitsch's' "unnamed" scripts into one of our WWW server enabling us to search our OPAC through a WWW interface. The presentation will describe SID (Simple Internet Database), a program we use to create and maintain the majority of the HTML files on our WWW server. Additionally, a description of how these pieces of software are being integrated into the Alcuin database, a database of Internet resources. Finally, philosophic issues will be raised concerning the cataloging and classification of Internet resources
    • Date: 1996-04-12
    • Source: This presentation was originally given at the Tennessee Library Association, April 12, 1996, Knoxville, TN.
    • Subject(s): presentations; TLA (Tennessee Library Association); cataloging;
    • URL:
  38. Whirlwind in Windsor surrounding integrated library systems: My symposium notes
    • Description: On November 15 Rob Fox and I attended a symposium at the University of Windsor on the topic of integrated library systems. This text documents my experiences, and in a sentence, the symposium re-enforced much of what I had already thought regarding next generation library catalogs and at the same time it brought much more depth to the issue than I had previously given it.
    • Date: 2006-11-29
    • Source: This text was published here first.
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs;
    • URL:
  39. Web-scale discovery indexes and "next generation" library catalogs
    • Description: This essay outlines a definition of "Web-scale" discovery indexes and describes how they are interrelated with the ideas of "next generation" library catalogs. It was originally created for webcast called "Returning the Researcher to the Library: Defining Web-Scale Discovery" sponsored by Serials Solutions and Library Journal. A subset of these remarks are also available as a set of Powerpoint slides.
    • Date: 2009-08-13
    • Source: These remarks originally appeared on the University of Notre Dame's website at, and they were a part of a webcast called Returning the Researcher to the Library: Defining Web-Scale Discovery sponso
    • Subject(s): presentations; indexing; librarianship;
    • URL:
  40. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2006
    • Description: This text outlines my experiences at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Annual Conference in Chapel Hill (North Carolina), June 12-14, 2006. In a sentence, the Conference was a nice mix of formal and informal discussions surrounding digital research library topics, and it was also nice to see a large number of familiar faces. The conference's content presented few surprises.
    • Date: 2006-06-27
    • Source: This text was never formally published.
    • Subject(s): digital libraries; JCDL; travel log;
    • URL:
  41. Success of Open Source by Steven Weber: A book review
    • Description: Using Linux as its primary example, The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber details the history, process, motivations, and possible long-term effects of open source software (OSS). This scholarly yet easy-to-read, well-written, and provocative book is worth the time of anybody who wants to understand how open source software is effecting information technology. It describes how the process of open source software may effect business & economics, methods of governance, and concepts of intellectual property. It is also a great read for those of us librarians who desire to play a role in the building of next generation library catalogs and other library-related information systems.
    • Date: 2007-10-31
    • Source: The is a pre-edited version of an article with the same title appearing in the first issue of Code4Lib Journal at
    • Subject(s): book review; articles; open source software; librarianship;
    • URL:
  42. Learning to use the tools of the trade
    • Description: The purpose of this article is to articulate how librarians can improve the practices of librarianship by better assimilating the uses of computer technology into the profession's thinking (and "thinquing"). The article accomplishes this goal first by outlining four informal research projects conducted at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. It establishes how these projects exemplify the goals of librarianship. Next, the article demonstrates how librarians can use their traditional skill base to provide new and progressive library services while maintaining the traditional principles of the past. Finally, the article describes why these sorts of activities are important to the profession and its growth.
    • Date: 1996-12-06
    • Source: This article also appears in Eric Lease Morgan, "Learning to Use the Tools of the Trade" North Carolina Libraries 54:5 (Winter 1996) 158-160.
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
    • URL:
  43. Tennessee Library Association
  44. European Conference on Digital Libraries
  45. Introduction to World Wide Web Servers
  46. Systems administration requires people skills
    • Description: In the future, people responsible for the maintenance of a library's computer hardware and software will have learned to incorporate the principles and practices of librarianship with the principles and practices of systems administration.
    • Date: 1999-01-07
    • Source: This is pre-edited version of Morgan, Eric Lease. "Systems Administration Requires People Skills," Computers in Libraries 19(13):36-37, March 1999.
    • Subject(s): systems administration; librarianship;
    • URL:
  47. So you want a new website
    • Description: This text outlines the process the University Libraries of Notre Dame used to redesign its website. It includes a presentation of the various assessment activities utilized (surveys, focus group interviews, usability studies). It also includes a description of how the libraries articulated a vision for the website and a strategic plan. Finally, the text describes some of the retrospective conversion processes we had to implement in order to make things usable and consistent.
    • Date: 2005-03-29
    • Source: This presentation was given at the 2005 Indiana Library Federation annual meeting, Indianapolis, IN, March 24, 2005
    • Subject(s): Indian Library Federation (ILF); presentations; information architecture;
    • URL:
  48. American Library Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2002
  49. Open source software at the Montana State University Libraries Symposium
    • Description: This one-page essay outlines what open source software (OSS) is and how it can be applied to some of the computer-related problems facing libraries. In short, it characterizes open source software as a community-driven process, describes it as free as a free kitten, compares it to the principles of librarianship, and finally, outlines how it can be exploited to develop next generation library catalogs.
    • Date: 2007-09-29
    • Source: This is a presentation for the Montana State University Libraries Symposium, October 4, 2007.
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
    • URL:
  50. Open source software in libraries
    • Description: This is an essay about open source software and libraries. It outlines what open source software is and is not. It discusses its relationships to the integrated library system. It compares open source software to open access journals and the evolutionary shift academe is experiencing in the world of scholarly communication. Finally, it very briefly reviews select pieces of open source software and describes how they can be used in libraries.
    • Date: 2004-05-04
    • Source: This is the pre-edited, English language version of the French article entitled "Logiciels libres et bibliotheques", BiblioAcid 1(2-3), May-June 2004, pgs. 1-8.
    • Subject(s): articles; open source software; librarianship;
    • URL:
  51. Wise crowds with long tails
    • Description: It is almost trite to be quoted as saying, "The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways libraries do business", but these changes are still manifesting themselves in ways we still do not fully understand. Thus, consider taking advantage of the "wise crowds with long tails" in your strategic planning. Put another way, this posting is a dual book review and commentary on The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki and The Long Tail by Chris Anderson.
    • Date: 2007-02-23
    • Source: This review was first published in TechEssence at
    • Subject(s): librarianship; TechEssence; book review;
    • URL:
  52. Sum Top Tech Trends for the Summer of 2007
  53. Unique collections and Fahrenheit 451
    • Description: With the advent of globally networked computers and digitizing equipment, libraries can now provide more and better access to their special collections and considering the current economic milieu where information is readily bought, sold, and licienced, this may be the only future for libraries. This future may end up looking very much like the conclusion to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
    • Date: 1997-08-10
    • Source: This is a pre-edited edited copy for Eric Lease Morgan, "Unique collections and Fahrenheit 451" Computers In Libraries. 17(9):18-20, October 1997.
    • Subject(s): librarianship; special collections; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury;
    • URL:
  54. American Library Association Annual Meeting, 2006
  55. Open source software and libraries: A current SWOT analysis
    • Description: After more than ten years of listening and watching the library-related open source software, a number of things have changed. This presentation outlines some of those changes as well as outlines some of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of open source software. The presentation ends some ideas for a "next generation" library catalog -- services against texts.
    • Date: 2010-04-04
    • Source: This essay was written as the closing keynote speech for the 2nd Annual Evergreen Conference (April 23, 2010), Grand Rapids (Michigan)
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; presentations; open source software;
    • URL:
  56. Open source software: Controlling your computing environment
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) -- free to use, reuse, study, modify, and distribute -- is quickly being adopted by libraries today. From office productivity suites such as OpenOffice to library-specific applications such as an integrated library system, "next generation" library catalogs and Firefox extensions. Open source software has a lot to offer libraries. This session looks at the many types of OSS available, how libraries are making use of it, and how it can be exploited in order to control your local computing environment.
    • Date: 2009-03-28
    • Source: This essay was written for a presentation at the Computers in Libraries Conference, March 31-April 2, 2009.
    • Subject(s): open source software; presentations; Computers in Libraries;
    • URL:
  57. Technical Skills of Librarianship
    • Description: The other day I was asked Someone about ways they could move from reference type of work to more systems sort of work in libraries. I was happy to share my thoughts on the topic, and below is what I said.
    • Date: 2005-08-07
    • Source: This was originally a posting to the LITA blog at
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
    • URL:
  58. Clarence meets Alcuin
    • Description: This essay outlines the definition of expert systems, describes how this definition has been applied to reference librarianship, and suggests future directions of study.
    • Date: 1996-03-03
    • Source: This text was originally published as Morgan, Eric Lease (1997). Clarence meets Alcuin; or, expert systems are still an option in reference work. In P. Ensor (Ed.), The Cybrarian's manual (pp. 127-134). Chicago: American Library Association.
    • Subject(s): expert systems; fiction; librarianship; articles;
    • URL:
  59. Library services and in-house software development
    • Description: This essay outlines two opportunities for the library profession: 1) the increased need for library services and not necessarily library collections, and 2) the ability to be leaders in the implementation of services through in-house software development.
    • Date: 2006-01-16
    • Source: This essay was originally posted as a blog entry on LITA's blog at
    • Subject(s): librarianship; software development;
    • URL:
  60. Technology Trends and Libraries: So many opportunities
  61. Top Tech Trends for ALA 2006; "Sum" pontifications
  62. On being a systems librarian
  63. Next Generation Library Catalogs in Fifteen Minutes
  64. Indiana Library Federation Annual Meeting
  65. Implementing user-centered experiences in a networked environment
    • Description: In this environment where disintermediation seems to be increasingly common, it is ironic people also expect personalized service. Libraries are experiencing dilemma when it comes to providing many of their services. On one hand fewer people are coming into libraries to access traditional reference services, and at the same time they are expecting interfaces to library content to be "smarter" and more user-centered. How can libraries meet these seemingly contradictory expectations? The answer is not too difficult as long as we: 1) learn how to take better advantage of computer technology to implement our ideas, and 2) re-examine the definition and purpose of patron privacy. This presentation will elaborate on these ideas and demonstrate a few ways they might be implemented.
    • Date: 2009-05-03
    • Source: This essay was never formally published, but it was created for Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and a conference called 'The Human Face of Information (technology)' Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Wright State University
    • Subject(s): user-centered design; SOCHE; presentations; librarianship;
    • URL:
  66. ALA 1995 Annual Conference: A Mini-Travel Log

Creator: Eric Lease Morgan <>
Date created: 2000-06-20
Date updated: 2010-05-01