Bracket competition: And the winner is …

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thanks to everyone who entered the 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Bracket Competition! A quick re-cap of the rules: all entrants picked a conference. If no one chose the winning conference, then a random drawing would be held among all entrants to determine the winner of the prize. …

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Champion Revealed! Real-ly!

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney The 2015 OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament Champion is … Our final round of competition tried to “keep it real” – realia, that is. Realia are “three-dimensional objects from real-life”, which can mean anything from valuable historical artifacts to … well, not-so-valuable yet interesting objects from all corners of …

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The Semi-Finals

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney Thirty-two conferences started this journey, and now only two remain. The OCLC Research Collective Collection tournament is just one step away from crowning a Champion. Throw your brackets away and buckle your seat belts, because the tournament semi-finals are over and the finals are next! How many languages does …

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Round of Eight: Peaches and Pumpkins

OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament #oclctourney In December 1891, Dr. James Naismith rigged up an elevated peach basket in a Springfield, Massachusetts gymnasium – and the game of basketball was born. Now, nearly 125 years later, we celebrate Dr. Naismith’s innovation with the third round of the OCLC Research Collective Collections Tournament. We are down …

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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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