Wanted: your finding aids

The results of the 1998 Special Collections in ARL Libraries and the follow-up 2009 OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives revealed that “hidden collections” are a challenge for archives and special collections. Usually, the term hidden collections brings to mind unprocessed and undescribed collections. But what about collections that are processed and described, …

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Five Easy Pieces

I seem to have acquired an obsession. This obsession manifests itself in various ways, but one clear way is that I can’t seem to stop thinking about some of the findings from my colleague’s work that resulted in the publication Implications of MARC Tag Usage on Library Metadata Practices. Chief among them, in my view, …

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More about the “mean news”

A while ago I blogged about Sarah M. Pritchard’s talk at the RBMS preconference. I’m still quite taken with her talk about aligning collections and services with mission, and now it’s available online. Go listen to it (she’s the first speaker in the session). You won’t be sorry. Other presentations from the preconference are also …

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The library in reflected boho glory

I saw my colleague, Betsy Wilson, from the University of Washington Libraries at an OCLC Board meeting today and she shared with me a terrific YouTube clip. A local Seattle band, Pickwick, walked into the main library reading room and did an a cappella version of one of their songs. They didn’t ask, they just …

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