Pick of the Week – ATF 20 August 2010

Metadata, Not E-Books, Can Save Publishing O’Reilly TOC—Tools of Change for Publishing   •  July 29, 2010 Needles in haystacks. “E-books will not revolutionize reading, nor will they change the content,” says metadata enthusiast Nick Ruffilo. Reading on a screen rather than paper will not create new markets, but better metadata on each book could allow readers …

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Pick of the Week – ATF 12 August 2010

Mao, King Kong, and the Future of the Book Triple Canopy   •  Issue #9 A trip down memory lane. Bob Stein, founder of the Institute for the Future of the Book, reminisces about his days with LaserDiscs, HyperCard and CD-ROMs. Read this. If you weren’t around when these were happening then you’ll be amused and amazed …

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Breaking Open the ILS Silos

In 2007-2008, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) convened a Task Group to recommend standard interfaces for integrating the data and services of the Integrated Library System (ILS) with new applications supporting user discovery. The group produced a report with recommendations in December 2008. After that not much happened. In February 2010, at the Code4Lib Conference, …

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Collaboration Contexts: Conclusions

This is the last in a series of posts on the Leadership through Collaboration Forum and the thinking that went into structuring the agenda. Before I conclude, I’d like to acknowledge that creating the forum agenda was a collaborative activity in and of itself – we’re grateful in particular to our host (The Smithsonian Institution), …

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Collaboration Context: Global

Our last panel of speakers during “Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership through Collaboration“ focuses on global collaborations: A Critical Take: How Do We Present Cultural Content to Our Users? Nick Poole, Chief Executive, Collections Trust A Critical Take: How Do We Create and Maintain Standards? Eric Miller, President, Zepheira A Critical Take: How Do We Source …

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Terminologies in action

A few weeks ago I listened in on Karen Coombs TAI-CHI webinar “OCLC Web Services in action” (you can find the slides here, and watch the webinar here). Even though I work at OCLC, I’m not always as up to speed on what’s going on as I should be, so I was quite amazed at …

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