Assessing collections

A while ago, I blogged about a then-new project on archival backlog surveys. Since then, we’ve established a working group, shifted our focus, and made much progress. I’ve been getting a few queries about the project, so it’s time for an update. The project is looking at what we are calling “archival collections assessment.” Archival …

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John R. Stokes, Imaging Innovator

John R. Stokes passed away this weekend. This caused me to reflect on both his career and mine. When I started at the Library of Congress in 1985, I was an early entrant into the library imaging scene, but John Stokes was already there. He captured some of LC’s huge photo collections, at that time …

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Fostering Innovation

Yesterday we announced that David Walker of the California State University won the Third OCLC Research Software Contest with his entry, Bridge. His entry was an imaginative use of OCLC Web Services, primarily the WorldCat Search API, to serve the needs of libraries to have more local control of the full record display of catalog …

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When poets walked on earth

This morning’s New York Times arrived on my walk loudly announcing that MEN WALK ON THE MOON. The regular edition for July 21, 2009 had come wrapped in a reproduction of The Times produced this day 40 years ago with its famous headline and fuzzy black and white photos of Armstrong and Aldrin. It was …

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Tearing down LAM silos at ALA

I’m exhilarated by the planning calls for our ALA session in Chicago called Libraries, Archives and Museums – Converging for Real (Sunday 12 July, 1:30-3:00 pm, McCormick Place West W-190b). Meg Bellinger (Yale), Cathryn Goodwin (Princeton) and John Scally (Edinburgh) are sanguine about real convergence from their unique positions in their diverse situations. Each of …

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