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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Yet more social metadata for LAMs

Today we released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 3: Recommendations and Readings. This is the last in a series of three reports a 21-member Social Metadata Working Group from five countries produced as the result of our research in 2009 and 2010. The cultural heritage organizations in the OCLC Research Library Partnership …

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Social metadata for LAMs on Facebook

Since sites relevant to libraries, archives and museums that support social metadata are changing and new ones are appearing quickly, the Social Metadata Working Group wanted to have a way for others to share information about the new or enhanced sites they come across. They also wanted to be able to point to interesting articles, …

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More social metadata for LAMs

Today we released Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Part 2: Survey Analysis. This is the second of a series of three reports a 21-member Social Metadata Working Group from five countries produced as the result of our research in 2009 and 2010. The cultural heritage organizations in the OCLC Research Library Partnership have …

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