A Sister Blog is Born

OCLC has launched a new blog: Next. Focused on what comes next for libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve, it will draw upon OCLC staff with a variety of experiences and perspectives. First up is Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO,  who discusses “Transforming data into impact”. This was also the topic of an OCLC program at ALA Midwinter of …

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David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

If you grew up on David Bowie’s music as I did, this has not been a good week. We lost his creative genius way too early. Social media has been awash with his music and video clips and all manner of materials honoring his unique life and creative contributions. So it seems fitting that we in …

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Hanging loose

I’ve had such a great time hanging together with all of you – staff at our Partner institutions; professionals from all corners of the library, archive, and museum worlds; and especially my OCLC colleagues. But at the end of December, I’m going to retire and fly solo.  Well, actually I’ll have a co-pilot.  My husband, …

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Getting identifiers created for legacy names

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers, initiated by John Riemer of UCLA and Jennifer Baxmeyer of Princeton. A sizable quantity of legacy names are represented only by text strings in bibliographic records; authority records are created only by institutions involved in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Name Authority …

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Thoughts from Partner staff about web archiving

Jackie, Dennis, and I wondered if there might be something valuable the Partnership could be working on to further web archiving efforts and that would not duplicate others’ initiatives, so we had discussions with partner staff, attended meetings, read up on what others are doing, and then presented some options to the Partnership in the …

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Persistent identifiers for local collections

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers, initiated by Jackie Shieh of George Washington University, Naun Chew of Cornell and Dawn Hale of Johns Hopkins University. Information professionals want to repurpose, present and connect the data they have created and curated from century-old standards and practices by publishing library …

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