Handcrafted Metadata

Last week I went to WebWise in LA, now a conference sponsored jointly by IMLS, the Getty and OCLC, where about 350 folks had gathered to explore the theme “Inspiring Discovery – Unlocking Collections.” Part of unlocking collections, as we all know, is describing them so others can find them, and the conference exposed some …

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good news

With so much bad news for the Getty lately (I’m not even going to link here), I thought it would be nice to give them some good press on their Office of Institutional Research – in essence, a space where usability and evaluation reports such as their web traffic statistics or a study on the …

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Archival Metrics

Last week I went to North Carolina for a meeting of the Archival Metrics Sustainability Advisory Group (you will need to scroll down to see who else is on the advisory group). This project aims to help to create a culture of assessment and evaluation for archives. As the project is funded by the Mellon …

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Smorgasbord

Merrilee’s flurry of posts reminded me that it may be time to contribute something meaningful to our little sandbox again. It’s been a really busy beginning of the year for me, and I thought maybe folks would like to hear in a smorgasbord fashion about some of the things currently cooking. All of us bloggers …

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WWWDWG?

When I was young, we were frequently compelled (not exactly forced, but almost!) to sing out: “What would we do without Mother?” This phrase was recited when my dear mother found a missing sock, favorite item, or reminded us of some important overlooked thing. I find myself thinking this when someone comes to the rescue, …

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Tag, I’m it!

To the power of four, at the request of Lorcan… Four great movies (but who can stop there?) Magnolia Goodfellas The Hours Night on Earth Four favorite musical artists Crowded House Ella Fitzgerald Parliament (etc.) Indigo Girls Four jobs Cashier at Disneyland — I worked at Fantasyland, in the castle! Say what you will about …

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Pushback on copyright, DRM

I’m posting these because I haven’t seen reference to them in the “usual places.” Sorry if I’ve missed something — the post ALA landing was particularly hard, and I’m off to North Carolina on Thursday, so I’m scrambling. The British Library and the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance express concern over limits placed by DRM …

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Heads up: RLG member forum

Put these dates on your calendar! August 7 and 8, 2006 will be the RLG member forum. The Forum will be held in Washington, DC, and we’re pleased that the Folger Shakespeare Library will be hosting the event. The topic for the forum this time around is More, Better, Faster, Cheaper: The Economics of Descriptive …

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