VIAFipedia

“VIAF integration into Wikipedia” was the cry I kept on hear repetitively when I first joined OCLC as Wikipedian in Residence. It took a moment to realize though that I was hearing the sentiment so often because it was both Wikipedians and Librarians alike that were advocating for the integration. Watch the video for an overview of …

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Libraries Rebound: space as distinctive asset

This is the penultimate posting summarizing Libraries Rebound. This posting covers the rich session which looked at the various way that leading libraries are using space as an asset for creating and leveraging partnerships on campus. Sarah Pritchard from Northwestern University addressed political aspects of leveraging library space as asset, especially in an era where …

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Libraries Rebound: Special collections and institutional mission

Continuing with our series on Libraries Rebound, we’ll now look at the session on special collections and institutional mission. Here we asked speakers to talk about how custodians of rare and unique materials are emphasizing engagement with the mission of their parent institution. Tim Pyatt from Penn State University spoke about assessing special collections, and …

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Two Huge Linked Data Announcements

This week we have announced two major initiatives that are now providing significant library linked data resources to the world. First was the announcement yesterday that all of the 23rd Edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification has been released on the web as linked data. From the announcement: All assignable classes from DDC 23, the …

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Ingredients of a successful event

Our recent meeting in Philadelphia, Libraries Rebound: Embracing Mission, Maximizing Impact, was, I think, quite successful. It made me think about what it takes to create a successful event. Of course, content matters. It’s important to come up with a topic that addresses concerns of the potential attendees, enlist the right speakers, and gather an …

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