It’s still: Think Global, Act Local

For the last 5 years, my friend Mary Elings from the Bancroft Library and I have made a trip to upstate New York in the summer to teach a one week intensive 3-credit graduate class for the iSchool at Syracuse University (IST677 – Digitization in libraries, archives and museums). Every year, preparing for and teaching …

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Benchmarking Network Performance: Measures and Behaviors

Over the last year, Günter and Ricky have been examining models of collaboration across the cultural heritage community, working with RLG partners to identify the most significant obstacles and incentives to effective library-archive-museum partnerships. This is part of a program of work exploring cross-domain convergence in organizational structures and service requirements. Günter has reported on …

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Drycleaning your data

This blog posting on BoingBoing caught my eye because it invoked both my beloved iTunes and my dreaded iTunes metadata. I am not a cataloger (not by any stretch!) but I am so completely disturbed by the embarassing disarray of metadata that my iTunes library represents. And it’s not just that I am (in my …

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Discovery AND Selection = Elsewhere

This slide caused the most discussion and comment during my presentation at the AALL workshop about which I posted previously. I return to it here for a few reasons. Some of these assertions have attained meme status. In particular I’ve noticed that Roy’s characterization of searching and finding (which he’s been saying since at least …

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Biodiversity Collections Index

Roger Hyam at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh just flipped the switch on a beta version of the Biodiversity Collections Index, a website which aims to connect various silos of collections information in the field of natural history. The approach chosen is quite interesting: for starters, BCI has harvested a number of large lists …

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A Map to Destinations Uncrawled

As part of what we’re trying to accomplish in the “Modeling New Service Infrastructures” part of the RLG Work Agenda, I’ve been working on a white paper on best practices for enhancing disclosure of library, museum and archive content at the network level. Using a sitemap to better expose content to web search engines such …

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Have it your way!

In RLG Programs we talk a lot about how important it is for libraries, archives, and museums to find ways to get their materials (or descriptions of materials) beyond their catalogs, so the materials/descriptions appear where researchers and other users are. It only seems fair that we try to practice what we preach. Why should …

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Shared Print Collections: the UK (re)invests

Nicola Wright, Information Services Manager at the London School of Economics and a fellow of the RLG Shared Print Working Group, shared some good news this morning: the UK Research Reserve (UKRR) has won a bid for continuing funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The UKRR recently wrapped up a successful …

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A wait that’s (almost) over

As I blogged before, Some things are worth waiting for. And yes, 2008 is indeed the Year of Non-Latin References in LC/NACO Authority Records. The first of the pre-populated name authority records with non-Latin script forms datamined from WorldCat that had previously been visible as “alternate names” in WorldCat Identities have made their debut! So …

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