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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Multilingual WorldCat represented by translations

Great works are translated—the cream of the world’s cultural and knowledge heritage is shared by being translated. And many of them are represented by bibliographic records in WorldCat. A group of us working on Multilingual WorldCat projects have been focusing on datamining WorldCat for works and all translations associated with them, identifying the translator for …

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Does technical services still have a distinct role?

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers from seven countries. It was initiated by Philip Schreur of Stanford (and recently Chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging), who noted that although “technical services” had traditionally been organized around the modules of a local system, changes in the library environment …

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Visualizing Network Flows: Library Inter-lending

As part of our joint research project with the CIC Center for Library Initiatives and the OSU Library, we’re examining inter-lending flows within and outside of the 13-member CIC consortium. We are using a subset of the OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing (WCRS) transaction data archive for this analysis. Our current data-set comprises 1.33 million request …

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Managing print books: A mega-problem?

This research note was co-authored by Brian Lavoie  and Constance Malpas. Opportunity cost seems to be the watchword for print book collections these days. The staff, physical space, and other resources consumed by print-centric collections and services are badly needed to support new priorities in library services, such as deeper user engagement and closer alignment …

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Registering researchers in authority files

Last month we launched a new task group of OCLC Research Library Partner staff and others who are involved in uniquely identifying authors and researchers that can be shared in a linked data environment. We were spurred by institutions’ need to uniquely identify all their researchers to measure their scholarly output, a factor in reputation …

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