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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Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 – good posts

My former RLG colleague and current OCLC software development manager, Judith Bush, is doing some nice blogging about the JCDL 2009 Designing tomorrow, preserving the past-today sessions here. Check it out. JimJim coordinates the OCLC Research office in San Mateo, CA, focuses on relationships with research libraries and work that renovates the library value proposition …

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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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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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