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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The Five Stages of Code4Lib

I had the good fortune to attend the Code4Lib 2015 conference in Portland OR last week.  It was a great event as usual, but it’s an event that I don’t always get to attend in person.  Does anyone else go through these five stages during the conference?  Right, me neither. I’m very familiar with all current …

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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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Gifts for archivists (and librarians)?

[Update: our holiday gift guide is now available! Thanks for the contributions] Last year we asked on the ArchiveGrid blog for suggestions for gifts for archivists — and we were blown away by the number (and quality!) of suggestions (posted in 24 fun and practical gifts for archivists). This year, we’re moving the conversation over …

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“The Strange Library”

The English translation of Haruki Murakami’s new book, The Strange Library, (村上春樹, ふしぎな図書館) is coming out soon. I learned about it from Steve Witt of UIUC, at a workshop of international and area studies librarians. Unfortunately I cannot read Japanese, but Steve tells me that Murakami’s young protagonist goes to a library to ask about Ottoman tax law, a …

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