The Most Edited Records in WorldCat

Recently I’ve been doing a large pile of data processing jobs that has me working in cycles of 20 minutes or so. In other words, I do some edits, kick off a job on our compute cluster (fondly named “Gravel” — don’t ask) and about 20 minutes later I do roughly the same thing. Yeah, …

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The Most Used English Title Words in WorldCat

This is another installment in my continuing series of eclectic, peripatetic, and yes, let’s just say it: “pathetic” data investigations. The most recent identified the top countries of publication for WorldCat records. For whatever reason, I got it into my head to determine which English words appear the most in the main title of WorldCat …

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Learning Commons: well-made in Japan

During a very hectic, very interesting week visiting research libraries in Japan last week I had the good fortune to tour the new (April 2013) Learning Commons at Doshisha University. It is not a library-managed facility but the library helps to staff it along with other Student Support Services staff. The facility itself is as …

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The Power of In-Person

You would be hard-pressed to find someone more reliant on electronic communication methods than I. Not only have I developed a presence in many online forums, starting back with the PACS-L list in the late 1980s and continuing through to Twitter and Facebook, I telecommute three days a week. Therefore, I rely on online communication …

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Attention SAA-goers

It is going to be hot in New Orleans — and I’m not just talking about the music and food. A while back I wrote an advisory for ALA-goers headed to New Orleans. That advice about restaurants, music, and other diversions is still good. Seeing Kermit Ruffins, who trumpets as hard as he parties, is …

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