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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The stuffed animal ‘Culturematic’

Prompted by the little story in Grant McCracken’s Harvard Business Review blog post about Innovating the Library Way I offer below what the stuffed animals in our San Mateo office are up to. JimJim coordinates the OCLC Research office in San Mateo, CA, focuses on relationships with research libraries and work that renovates the library …

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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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FAST on the street

I’m pleased to say that today OCLC Research released FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) as linked data under an Open Data Commons Attribution license. FAST has been a multi-year project of OCLC Research in collaboration with the Library of Congress. The FAST authority file is an enumerative, faceted subject heading schema derived from the …

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LibraryFinder

My colleagues in Research, JD Shipengrover and Jeremy Browning, wrote a very nice little application as part of a competition called 10K Apart with the tagline “Inspire the Web with just 10K”. The idea was to see what kinds of applications could be built with a total file size including images, scripts & markup that …

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