See us at CNI next week!

A few of us will be attending the Coalition for Networked Information Membership Meeting in San Diego next Monday and Tuesday. Jennifer will be giving a briefing on Managing Research Information for Researchers and Universities, which I think will nicely tie together some recent work and reports (ours and others). Ricky and I will be …

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What We’re Reading — Week of March 21, 2011

The imperfectionists : a novel (Book, 2010) [WorldCat.org] I thought this was terrific. The central character is an English language newspaper published in Italy, with a cleverly assembled set of short stories telling its history, from its curious founding through periods of energized attention to a long twilight and abrupt end. Resonated with me. (Bruce) …

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This Title is Metadata

This week I spoke at an OCLC Member Services event called “Good Practices for Great Outcomes: Cataloging Efficiencies that Make a Difference.” It was held at The Huntington, one of our Research Library Partnership partner institutions, and is one of a series of such events. In putting the talk together, I shamelessly stole from Karen …

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The Scottish Presence in the Global Library Resource

“Collective collections” are the combined library collections of multiple institutions. They may exist as a physical aggregation of materials at a single location; they may exist through a service layer that integrates distinct collections into a single resource. Or they may be only notional: a hypothetical combination that can be mined for intelligence to inform …

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A crowdsourcing success story

I’m a great fan of the National Library of Australia’s Trove, a single search interface to 122 million resources—books, journals, photos, digitized newspapers, archives, maps, music, videos, Web sites—focused on Australia and Australians. You can search the OCR’d text of over 45 million newspaper articles that have been digitized. OCR is not perfect. The original …

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What We’re Reading — Week of March 14, 2011

Just a couple of posts from a very busy week, added by the intrepid Merrilee before she hopped a plane to Oxford. Signal and SXSW: What Should I Ask WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg? – John Battelle’s Searchblog WordPress as a good example of a “freemium” business (Merrilee) Need Advice on What to Read? Ask the …

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What does it feel like to be [your library name here]?

It’s now around six weeks since I swapped the bird’s-eye view of the research library sector internationally, which I had as a member of the staff of OCLC Research, for the perspective of a University Librarian, working within this small, research-intensive university in Scotland. The photograph shows me looking up at the seagulls from the …

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Work for (and with) us!

I’m happy to report that we have two new job openings in OCLC Research, both based in our office in Leiden (Netherlands). This is a rare opportunity to be a part of what I think is the best team on the planet. (I’m willing to concede that there could better groups to work with, but …

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What We’re Reading — Week of March 7, 2011

A new hangingtogether feature is this round-up of a few interesting links found and shared in OCLC Research in the past week: Make: Online » Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”? File under the future of public libraries. Love that the author hasn’t been a heavy public library user …

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More From the “Murky Bucket”

The inspiration for my title comes from Lorcan Dempsey, who some years ago, before I joined him at OCLC, put a name to the unease I had been feeling about the state of library metadata. In a Library Journal column I had bemoaned the fact that not only was it impossible for library users to …

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