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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Happy Extraterrestrial Abduction Day!

Just in time for Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, commemorated by Earthlings everywhere on 20 March, we bring you the list of the top ten most popular library items with the subject heading “Alien abduction”: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977  movie) The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens, by John E. …

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Learning Commons: well-made in Japan

During a very hectic, very interesting week visiting research libraries in Japan last week I had the good fortune to tour the new (April 2013) Learning Commons at Doshisha University. It is not a library-managed facility but the library helps to staff it along with other Student Support Services staff. The facility itself is as …

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Metadata for digital objects

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers. It was initiated by Jonathan LeBreton of Temple, who noted the questions staff raised when describing voluminous image collections such as: Do we share the metadata even if it would swamp results? What context can be provided economically? What are others doing …

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WorldCat shows dispersal of global resources

Number of institutions with WorldCat holdings for Arabic-language resources A differentiating feature of WorldCat is that it includes more than two billion holdings of libraries from around the world. My colleague Roy Tennant recently generated statistics on the Arabic-language resources described in WorldCat records. I was struck by the dispersal of the holdings of those …

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