Happy Extraterrestrial Abduction Day!

Just in time for Extraterrestrial Abduction Day, commemorated by Earthlings everywhere on 20 March, we bring you the list of the top ten most popular library items with the subject heading “Alien abduction”: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977  movie) The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens, by John E. …

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Library Engagement with Digital Humanities

When our colleagues at OCLC Research Library Partner institutions were asked for topics that they’d like to see addressed, they kept saying, “Do something about Digital Humanities,” but they didn’t say what needed doing. When we said at staff meetings, “We should do something about Digital Humanities,” we were asked what exactly and demurred. What …

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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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