New MARC Usage Data Available

I just finished updating my “MARC Usage in WorldCat” web site that summarizes and reports on how MARC elements have been used in the 333,518,928 MARC records in WorldCat as of 1 Jan 2015. Not surprisingly, the totals for new fields such as 336, 337, and 338 have shot up, from some 9-10 million occurrences in …

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LC and OCLC Collaborate on Linked Data

As we have said before, the Library of Congress and OCLC have been sharing information and approaches regarding library linked data. In a nutshell, we have two different use cases and strategies that we believe are compatible and complementary. Now, in a just co-published white paper, we are beginning to share more details and evidence that …

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Code4Lib NorCal Hosted by OCLC Research

Yesterday the San Mateo, CA office of OCLC Research hosted the first Code4Lib NorCal regional meetup and mini-conference. About 35 people attended from Stanford, UC Berkeley, CSU Chancellor’s Office, UCSF, CSU San Luis Obispo, CSU Fresno, Sonoma State, San Jose State, and other colleges (no public libraries unfortunately). Code4Lib NorCal joins the growing ranks of regional groups that …

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Our Door is Always Open

Last week our office here in San Mateo, California was privileged with the presence of Roxanne Missingham, director of the Australian National University Library.  She was over here for a meeting and was gracious enough to spend the good part of a day visiting with us. We discussed what was “top of mind” for her at …

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Wear Your LifeJacket to Work Day

Yes, it’s that time again! May 16, 2014 is “Wear Your LifeJacket to Work Day” [PDF]. Officially called “personal flotation devices” or PFDs for short, lifejackets are designed to keep your head out of water in case you end up in a river, lake, ocean, or anywhere there is a lot of water. The day is meant …

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