5 Things Thursday: Hurray!
Here are five more things that may prove interesting conversation generators: Do you dream of a world with one search box for all? Want a new book display option since the world is going digital? Check out this book spiral. Craving some cold war style Russian posters? Duke has some here. Need super simple circulation software? I like this one - Simple Library Pro. Want to read more about...
Metadata Monday: PBCore
PBCore is a metadata standard for use with audio visual materials brought to us by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Based on Dublin Core with element sets expanded for improved description of broadcast specific fields, PBCore can be empoyed for digital asset management for any media collection large or small. What I like most about this standard and the website overal is that it clearly...
Those Darn Librarians and Pesky Books
An article in the Daily Pilot explains that the upscale community of Newport Beach is considering closing one of its branches to save money and “to create a place where people want to come and be.” Here’s my favorite line: “By eliminating books and librarians at the building, they hope to adapt to modern times and save money while providing residents services ...
The Last Time I Saw Paris...
Did you know that my favorite Duke University Archives has some of Elizabeth Taylor’s print ads in their collection. Take a look at these fantastic shots of the legendary actress.
Thursday: 5 Things Now!
Here are five LIS topics to amaze and delight your fellow library and information pals. Want to act out a movie? Go to the Internet Movie Script Database. Are you looking for seemingly invisible LIS jobs? Check out this post by the fabulous Infonista. Do you want a ton of online information on Australia and Austalians? Say G’day to Trove. Want to trade books with other people who read...
Sounds Like a Job for Metadata and Taxonomy!
Are you familiar with DITA? No, not that glamorous pin-up that used to date Marilyn Manson, rather Darwin Information Typing Architecture? Well, The Content Wrangler blog features an article by Paul Wlodarczyk about employing DITA, essentially an XML-based architecture , in conjunction with our old friends metadata and taxonomy, to generally improve findability for content and objects. This...
Metadata Monday: IMDB to MARC
Have you ever seen this clever IMDB to MARC converter? Simply type in the IMDB movie number or title and a MARC record is generated. This is particularly useful for cataloging a DVD collection in a public library, but it inspired me to think about how often times the information we seek already exists. This tool merely reformats the metadata already populating the IMDB record and translates it to...
5 Things Thursday: Mish Mash
Here are 5 things: Have a DesignSnack. Want more on the diabolical Harper Collins ebook scheme? What is the best DAM solution? What happens when you take some of the most thought provoking quotes and pair them with fresh photography and works of art? PixPlacebo. Have you ever seen a book carved by the Book Surgeon?
Metadata Monday: LC Authorities
The LibraryThing blog featured a good discussion on Library of Congress Authorities and permalinks recently. Here’s the most salient point: “The core of authority control is a stable identifier, in this case the LCCN, but the LC Authorities catalog can neither be searched by nor linked to by that identifier.” Although this issue was solved for the Subject authorities via the...
Social Media Secrets: Mod Librarian in Print
Although I have been writing this blog for some time and doing a lot of professional writing, I am tickled pink to have my very first article in print in the Washington Library Association’s Alki journal. Since this article really is in print, I scanned it and linked a PDF to my website here: Washington Libraries Reveal Social Media Secrets The article itself explores the social media...
5 Things Thursday: March Madness
Metadata Monday: Music Metadata Clearinghouse
Are you interested in metadata for music? Become part of the process by participating in a survey to help inform the creation of a Music Metadata Clearinghouse, a project spearheaded by the Music Library Association (MLA) Bibliographic Control Committee’s (BCC) Metadata Subcommittee. “With this survey we seek to better understand current practices related to the creation and...
BISAC: Is It the Future?
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about BISAC. BISAC is basically the standard for book retailers, organizing the vast world of the written word into consumer digestible categories. Libraries have adopted it as well, most notably my favorite Anythink Libraries in Colorado. Here’s a great blog post on the project by Vivienne Houghton. Essentially, Anythink used BISAC as the basis for...
5 Things Thursday: Go!
Here are some very special LIS things to spark conjecture this weekend: Want to watch a cool video on a fashion library? Are you interested in the process for digitizing illuminated manuscripts? Fancy yourself a designer? Here are five apps you might like. Consider Concordia University’s library design for the future. Need a guide for making an informed decision about using social...