What does it take to catch a thief?

I recently listened to the recording of the 2010 ALA conference program sponsored by RBMS, To Catch a Thief: Cataloging and the Security of Special Collections (the recording is available on the RBMS website). Nina Schneider (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles) moderated the session and kicked things off with a …

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Peeking out the porthole window

I’ve spent some time this week looking at ARL’s Envisioning Research Library Futures project, and am intrigued by the idea of using scenarios that venture well beyond the library walls, in order to provoke discussion about what our institutions will look like in the future. In fact, the importance of staying abreast of what’s going …

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The Core of Bibliographic Description

In trying to make our metadata work harder, as we have with WorldCat Identities, WorldCat Genres, and other such projects, OCLC Research does a lot of looking at what our collective metadata holds. And frankly, in some ways I think it is less than you might think. For example, my colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura produced a …

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What is a Book?

In discussing a problem we were trying to solve the other day, we got into a discussion about how you define a book. This is the kind of question that likely only a cataloger can love, so if you’re not one you may want to surf off to some other spot. It turns out that …

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