To end the year – the top five

My colleagues, Bruce Washburn and Joe Zeeman, just produced a ranked list of the books in the RLG Union Catalog and shared the top five titles. They are: 1. Dante Alighieri. The divine comedy: The inferno, The purgatorio, and The paradiso. New York: New American Library, 2003. 2. Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Don Quixote. London: …

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Digital preservation paradox

Let’s say you are not exactly bullish about digital preservation — you are skeptical about the feasibility of keeping digital items in a useful form into the future. Let’s say you do a lot of writing and publishing about your theory. Most of your work is digital of course. If you are right, no one …

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BetterLight, BetterMetadata

On my way back home from work last Thursday, I stopped by the BetterLight headquarters in San Carlos to chat with Mike Collette about his scanning backs and how they could capture more technical metadata. According to Mike (the heart, soul and owner of the company), BetterLight now is pretty much the only camera manufacturer …

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RLG Public Services Discussion Group at ALA

At each ALA, RLG sponsors an RLG Public Services Discussion Group. The next meeting of the group will be at ALA Midwinter in San Antonio. This time around, the discussion topic will be use of RSS/blogs in a public service setting. We are lucky to have a whole bevy of experienced bloggers on hand to …

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The Japanese do the verb string

I’m still working through thoughts from my horrendously brief trip to Tokyo and one of my discoveries there connects up with recent posts by Lorcan Dempsey and my colleague Merrilee. Lorcan’s post in which he mentioned RedLightGreen was appreciated: “I was reminded of the discover-locate-request-deliver string as I have been looking at various publicly available …

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Happy 30th Birthday to us!

While I should not have had to be, I was reminded by a colleague that RLG’s official birthday was December 1. RLG was incorporated on December 1, 1975. The innovative cooperative effort of New York Public, Columbia, Yale and Harvard libraries that resulted in the incorporation was announced earlier in March, 1974. The announcement merited …

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Japan – flattening the library culture

Last week I was invited to give a keynote presentation at Keio University in Tokyo (that’s me carrying on about the Long Tail as a preface to discussing mass digitization). The Media Center is an RLG member and a key institution for our relationships in Japan. I enjoyed the day I spent with the Keio …

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Walled Gardens vs. Picket Fences

OK, so I’m a little late learning about “walled gardens.” I heard this term used several times during two recent events – first at the Berkeley Digital Media Conference and then again at a recent SDForum Search SIG meeting held at Microsoft in Mountain View. I thought this must be one of those terms like …

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RLG joins Web 2.0, Library 2.0

Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and Talis‘ work in this area have been all the buzz on the blogosphere recently — here and here and here for example. In a small, and we hope significant, way is RLG contributing to the Library 2.0 community by partnering with Talis. [press release] Some months ago, we began discussions …

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More Flickr fun

Since Merrilee’s post on trading cards was such a crowd-pleaser, I thought I’d pass on this alert on yet another fun niche of Flickr for librarians: Jill Hurst-Wahl just posted a link to the Libraries and Librarians Photo Pool, containing over 2000 images (a lot of them of library buildings), but also some oddities such …

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