RLG Partnership Meeting, amplified

The RLG Partnership meeting was held earlier this month, and the outputs from that meeting (PowerPoint presentations and some text from the talks) are now available on our website. As an experiment, we made three of the update sessions available as “webinars” — that is, we enabled participation via WebEx for those who were not …

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Viva la VIAF! Encore

The Virtual International Authority File at viaf.org now contains personal names from sixteen different authority files! When I last blogged about the file last April, there were only four: Library of Congress, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and the National Library of Sweden. Names depend on context, and VIAF is providing a …

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Trucking

The recording of “Treasures on Trucks and Other Taboos: Rethinking the Sharing of Special Collections” is now online in .wmv format (147MB/131min.) .mp4 format (178MB/131min.) and in the iTunes Store. This web seminar is the first conversation in the new project about Sharing Special Collections. You can expect to hear more on this project from …

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The scale of orphan relief

The phrase orphan works recalls the world of Oliver Twist, so perhaps it’s appropriate that JISC has just announced the publication of a UK report looking at the ‘orphan problem’ in UK libraries, museums and archives: In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of ‘Orphan Works’ and its impact on the delivery of …

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Things that happen elsewhere – user studies say

OCLC Research just completed a symposium on user studies for the RLG Partnership. The symposium, Hearing Voices, was held at The Boston Public Library and had a good roster of presentations that will soon be available on the website. A very full range of user studies in which libraries and archives invest was represented – …

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Serious Scanning at Boston Public Library

OK, I admit it, I’m a fool for tools. My hammer is a treasured friend. Every time I heft my cordless drill I almost get chills. And don’t even get me started on computers. What’s that saying? “The only difference between a man and a boy is the cost of his toys”. I’m living proof. …

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Follow me

For those on Twitter, you can track the Annual RLG Partnership Meeting by “following” the Twitter hashtag #rlgpartners. The main meeting started today, and continues tomorrow. We’ll also have a symposium on user studies on Wednesday. We’ll blog about sessions and share notes once we are back, but if you can’t stand to miss out …

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