Pinch Me. I’m Dreaming.

I was a library assistant at a community college in California when the microcomputer Commodore PET was released. At the time I was starting to think about going to college to get a library degree. To be clear, I first needed to get my B.A. as I had not gone to college out of high …

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Breaking Open the ILS Silos

In 2007-2008, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) convened a Task Group to recommend standard interfaces for integrating the data and services of the Integrated Library System (ILS) with new applications supporting user discovery. The group produced a report with recommendations in December 2008. After that not much happened. In February 2010, at the Code4Lib Conference, …

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Next-Gen Harvesting

Metadata harvesting (collecting metadata from others and aggregating it in a collection) is not new. Although there are any number of ways to do this, the OAI-PMH protocol for metadata harvesting is often used and has been around for years. It defines a small set of actions that allows anyone to discover what sets of …

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The Straight Dope on OAIster

As many of you are probably aware, OCLC and the University of Michigan announced last January that OCLC was taking over the OAIster aggregation of metadata harvested from OAI-compliant repositories. The University of Michigan was no longer able to support it, and was looking for assistance in sustaining this valuable community resource. As Kat Hagedorn …

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Repositories and library cultures

When is a repository not a repository? When it’s an OPAC? Are OPACs in reality a species of repository, however reluctantly, given that the genus is usually used with a specific application in mind – one which is a newcomer to the library world whose value is still not convincingly proven? In the UK, JISC …

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Easy Access to Digitized Books

Over on the Developer’s Network blog, where I sometimes blog as well as other colleagues involved with OCLC Grid Services, Xiaoming Liu posted something that I think deserves much wider attention than the two readers that blog normally has (Hi Mom!). In a nutshell, he describes how easy it can be to find out if …

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