Addressing the challenges with organizational identifiers and ISNI

OCLC has just published the report from the 14-member OCLC Research task group on Representing Organizations in ISNI: Addressing the Challenges with Organizational Identifiers and ISNI.* This work originated from discussions with OCLC Research Library Partners on a previous effort by another OCLC Research Library Partners task group on researcher identifiers, Registering Researchers in Authority …

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My first library job

  My first library “job” was as “volunteen” for the summer reading program at the Garden Grove Chapman Branch of the Orange County Public Library. I did this during the summers in junior high school and into my freshman year of high school. I spent my time helping smaller kids tally up the number of …

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The Top 20 Assigned College Texts

The Open Syllabus Project aggregates college syllabi and analyzes the data to provide a variety of ways to explore the data held within. Their stated goal is to provide “a platform for curricular exploration and research.” Through their Open Syllabus Explorer you can search and browse to discover which books appear in these syllabuses.  They …

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The Books Shackleton Took to Antarctica

As was recently reported, the Royal Geographic Society in London digitized a photograph that was taken in 1915 of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s Antarctic library by Frank Hurley. They were then able to discern the book titles, which I have linked to WorldCat and any open copy I could find. Just imagine, you can read a book …

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