Berlin Library box

Berlin Library box

A tiny little library on the streets of Berlin, that is always busy!

The concept of an unbook!

The book that I’m so pleased to have co-authored a chapter of, “Only Connect”, is in fact an ‘anarcho-narrative unbook’!

Emma Coonan, one of the editors, has written more about this concept on her Mongoose Librarian blog, and she and Andrew Walsh define the unbook as a publication:

  • that will be electronic by default (but is also available as print-on-demand)

  • that will be freely available online and licensed under Creative Commons

  • where the chapter authors were invited to choose the most appropriate structure and medium (or media!) for their contributions

  • in which the richness of information discovery is represented by an eclectic and inspiring range of writing styles and voices.

Emma’s blog post describes the book in the most delicious terms. What a shame that I have to wait for my new German Paypal account to be set up before I can order my own copy!

A chapter in Only Connect

only connect cover

This summer I’ve been rather quiet here, on account of taking holidays, having visitors and generally doing things that are not very library-related. I just had lots to do, all of a sudden!

I did co-author a book chapter though, with one of the researchers at the University of Warwick, Mairi Ann Cullen. The book’s full title is: Only connect … discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure.

And I’m very pleased to be able to write here that it is now available in print on:

In summary, the book presents “a range of information discovery journeys, from reflections upon formal search processes to a library fairy story. This book represents the richness of information discovery.” The e-version will appear on and

Our chapter charts Mairi Ann Cullen’s search, with helpful suggestions from me as the librarian, along the way. It’s an example of a route to information discovery that incorporates principles that can be applied to many subjects of research.

I’d like to express my thanks to Mairi Ann here, and to the editors Emma Coonan and Andrew Walsh, who were all very professional and a pleasure to work with.

The print version was done through a self-publishing site, and I note that the editors have ordered print copies for the legal deposit libraries. Something that any researchers looking at self-publishing options might be interested in!

Also, Andrew Walsh has blogged about putting the book together and it is an interesting account of how to put together an edited work.