Pick of the week: ATF 19 March 2010

Reading in a Digital Age The American Scholar  •  Spring 2010 Food for thought. In an era of shortened attention spans, reading fiction requires deep focus, says author Sven Birkerts. Being a good reader involves two levels: suspension of reality to “live” the narrative premise, accompanied by the “resonance” created through the author’s carefully crafted use of …

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A case study of supply-driven product development

There’s a very clear-headed reflection on the development of the Archivist’s Toolkit in the most recent Code4Lib journal. Challenges in Sustainable Open Source: A Case Study was written by Sibyl Schaefer who worked on the project. She does the kind of brave, objective reflection on the product’s development that isn’t often done in our domain. …

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Analyzing MARC tags and projecting MARC’s future

The RLG Partners working group that has been gathering and analyzing evidence over the past two years about MARC tag usage to inform library metadata practices completed its work. The 72-page Implications of MARC Tag Usage on Library Metadata Practices report was published on March 12 — with links to thirteen detailed data tables for …

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Pick of the week: ATF 12 March 2010

Thanks to my colleagues in Research for their informed commentary. Here’s the pick of the week. Ebooks What Ebooks? The Auricle   •  February 21, 2010 When is an ebook not an ebook? When it’s not downloaded to a portable e-reader device, says author Derek Morrison, who notes that some recent ebook usage studies have based their …

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Pick of the week: ATF 9 March 2010

Basking in the afterglow of Undue Diligence, I’ve been at leisure to catch up on blog postings and email, which both include the always-informative Above the Fold. Here’s my pick for this week. Publishing: The Revolutionary Future The New York Review of Books   •  March 11, 2010 Crisis at the crossroads. Veteran publisher Jason Epstein offers …

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Focus and reframe: rights and unpublished materials

I’m using this blog posting to wrap together a bunch of ideas I’ll be presenting at a meeting tomorrow, Undue Diligence: Seeking Low-risk Strategies for Making Collections of Unpublished Materials More Accessible. Mark Greene and Dennis Meissner helped to reframe processing modern archival collections in More Product, Less Process. Similarly, Shifting Gears helped to recast …

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Pick of the week: ATF 2 March 2010

Some of you may already be subscribers to Above The Fold (ATF) our weekly current awareness compilation and commentary. We just sent out the seventieth issue. Our objective in assembling the newsletter was to offer an information professional’s view of issues from outside our domain that were worth your consideration and related to library, archive …

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Over, Under, Around and Through

Our paper on obstacles that archivists experience with adopting Encoded Archival Description (and how to get around them) is out! Over Under Around and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation [pdf]. We are holding a webinar for the RLG Partnership tomorrow and I’ll share the link of the recorded session later. The paper covers …

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