The Top 20 Assigned College Texts

The Open Syllabus Project aggregates college syllabi and analyzes the data to provide a variety of ways to explore the data held within. Their stated goal is to provide “a platform for curricular exploration and research.” Through their Open Syllabus Explorer you can search and browse to discover which books appear in these syllabuses.  They …

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The Books Shackleton Took to Antarctica

As was recently reported, the Royal Geographic Society in London digitized a photograph that was taken in 1915 of Sir Ernest Shackelton’s Antarctic library by Frank Hurley. They were then able to discern the book titles, which I have linked to WorldCat and any open copy I could find. Just imagine, you can read a book …

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A Sister Blog is Born

OCLC has launched a new blog: Next. Focused on what comes next for libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve, it will draw upon OCLC staff with a variety of experiences and perspectives. First up is Skip Prichard, OCLC CEO,  who discusses “Transforming data into impact”. This was also the topic of an OCLC program at ALA Midwinter of …

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David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

If you grew up on David Bowie’s music as I did, this has not been a good week. We lost his creative genius way too early. Social media has been awash with his music and video clips and all manner of materials honoring his unique life and creative contributions. So it seems fitting that we in …

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Hanging loose

I’ve had such a great time hanging together with all of you – staff at our Partner institutions; professionals from all corners of the library, archive, and museum worlds; and especially my OCLC colleagues. But at the end of December, I’m going to retire and fly solo.  Well, actually I’ll have a co-pilot.  My husband, …

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Thoughts from Partner staff about web archiving

Jackie, Dennis, and I wondered if there might be something valuable the Partnership could be working on to further web archiving efforts and that would not duplicate others’ initiatives, so we had discussions with partner staff, attended meetings, read up on what others are doing, and then presented some options to the Partnership in the …

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Data Management and Curation in 21st Century Archives – Part 2

I attended the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) last month in Cleveland, Ohio and was invited to participate on the Research Libraries Roundtable panel on Data Management and Curation in 21st Century Archives. Dan Noonan, e-Records/Digital Resources Archivist, moderated the discussion. Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist, Georgia Tech Library and …

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Current Cites – the amazing 25th anniversary

I suspect that a large part of the audience for this blog also subscribes to Current Cites the “annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology” as the masthead describes it. Those of us who subscribe would describe it as “essential”. Those of us who publish newsletters describe the fact that …

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