Communities of practice in web archiving

Long, long ago, on October 18th (before I moved offices or went on vacation!) I attended the first day of the Archive-It partners’ meeting at the Internet Archive. Molly Bragg and Kristine Hanna from the Internet Archive asked me to attend and help facilitate a discussion on “big picture issues” for web archiving. Now that …

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Dewey crashes

Imagine if the whole LC system had crashed in on her. From the NYTimes Sunday magazine This Is Not A Bob Dylan Movie By ROBERT SULLIVAN Published: October 7, 2007 …”Like Blanchett, Lachman, the cinematographer (who has worked with Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh and Wim Wenders, among others), quizzed Haynes about his choice of film …

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Lots of Data on Metadata Practices!

OK, so I was overly optimistic when I predicted that the report on the RLG Descriptive Metadata Practices Survey results would be out in October. I had anticipated that a lot of the data would need to be normalized, but underestimated the challenges in interpreting the results – what they mean, what questions they raise, …

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The World’s Libraries. Connected.

Today OCLC unveils our new unified and refreshed corporate identity. The three rings of the identity can be seen as representing the connections that OCLC provides in a number of different ways, for example: Connecting libraries at the local, group and global levels Connecting people through libraries to knowledge Connecting past, present, and future through …

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Special Collections – the big agenda

In an earlier post I reported some impressions from attending the ARL Special Collections Working Group (SCWG) meeting. One of the reasons that I was there is the large role that special collections play in the research institutions served by RLG Programs and the consequent emphasis we are giving them in our work agenda. At …

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A good day for open access!

As you can imagine, with our offices looking like you can see in Roy’s pictures below, it’s an attractive option to spend time elsewhere. On Wednesday, Ricky and I fled to the Officer’s Club in the Presidio of San Francisco to attend the Open Content Alliance annual gathering. There we found a large roomful of …

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And So It Begins…

The movers are quickly tearing our office apart today in preparation for moving everything about 17 miles north to San Mateo. Yes, we’ll soon be on the road to new digs significantly closer to the San Francisco International Airport, as well as to the city itself. As you can imagine, there is an amazing amount …

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Some things are worth waiting for

The Library of Congress’ CPSO (Cataloging Policy and Support Office) announced today: The major authority record exchange partners (British Library, Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, and OCLC, Inc., in consultation with Library and Archives Canada) have agreed to a basic outline that will allow for the addition of references with non-Latin characters to …

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Special Collections – the big deal

I attended the Association of Research Libraries Membership Meeting last week. The Special Collections Working Group of ARL met for nearly a full day and I was pleased to be part of the discussions as an invited liaison. The Working Group was formed following an earlier effort that resulted in the “Hidden Collections” agenda. At …

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Inside scoop on collections summit, part two

Previously I talked a little about the original impetus behind the RLG Programs print collections summit coming up next month in Philadelphia. Now I’d like to share a bit about why we invited the institutions we did, and what RLG Programs hopes to get out of the event. Let’s face it: maybe five or six …

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