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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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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Library Linked Data in the Cloud

A book that a few of our colleagues have been working on for quite some time has now been released: Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description. You can also preview it on Google Books. OCLC Research has been working with linked data for years, and we have developed …

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