“The Strange Library”

The English translation of Haruki Murakami’s new book, The Strange Library, (村上春樹, ふしぎな図書館) is coming out soon. I learned about it from Steve Witt of UIUC, at a workshop of international and area studies librarians. Unfortunately I cannot read Japanese, but Steve tells me that Murakami’s young protagonist goes to a library to ask about Ottoman tax law, a …

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UCLA’s Center for Primary Resources and Training: A model for increasing the impact of special collections and archives

Many of us in the special collections and archives community have long admired the purpose and scope of UCLA’s Center for Primary Resources and Training (CFPRT), so I was pleased to learn that the UCLA library would be celebrating the Center’s 10th anniversary with a symposium on 24 October. As a result, I now know that we should all be celebrating its …

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Lots more on researcher identifiers

I blogged earlier this year inviting feedback on the OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group‘s draft report-and we did receive some, much appreciated. Now the report is published! Along with it, we’ve published supplementary datasets detailing our research: our use case scenarios characteristics profiles of 20 research networking or identifier systems an …

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Evolving Scholarly Record workshop (Part 3)

This is the third of three posts about the workshop. Part 1 introduced the Evolving Scholarly Record framework.  Part 2 described the two plenary discussions.  This part summarizes the breakout discussions. Following the presentations, attendees divided into breakout groups.  There were a variety of suggested topics, but the discussions took on lives of their own.  …

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