Sharepoint Week

Welcome to Sharepoint week! I have a new project that will involve using Sharepoint to manage creative assets, milestones and documents. To prepare for this assignment, I am first reviewing Sharepoint as it has been a while since I used it. My first step was a thorough review of the application made possible by a lovely and concise course on the WebJunction site.

I must report that this was my first tangible exploration of a WebJunction course and I was very pleased by the simple step by step instruction. While many of the features were fairly rudimentary since Sharepoint is kind of a glorified wiki that integrates seamlessly with MS Office workflows, I applaud the course organization and delivery.

Later in the week I will look at truly pushing the limits of Sharepoint towards creating a DAM system for image files and the management of a complex creative asset workflow. Right now, I am merely happy to feel confident in navigating the application. As with any software implementation, the first step in the process is developing a comfort level with the benefits and limitations and the WebJunction course fit the bill!


What a Book List!

I ran across this list the other day when using StumbleUpon – the Best English-Language FIction of the Twentieth Century compiled by Brian Kunde at Stanford. This list is interesting for a number of reasons. First, if you’d like to see how many of these books you’ve read, it is always interesting.

Secondly, the ranking system is thoroughly explained and documented on this site. I think this provides great insight into methods for handling similar projects. The explanation of the complexities of the ranking system is particularly useful.

Also, the site has a section for reviews of all the title which is a nifty little resource. While this section is not overly verbose, each title does have a line or two describing the story and can prove invaluable for those compiling their own reading lists.

Perhaps someone can type this up and start circulating it on Facebook.

That DAM Identifier

Just like many terms associated with technology, the word ‘identifier’ has multiple meanings dependent on the context and application. I have always thought of an identifier akin to a filename – a unique alpha numeric combination attributed to a single asset. Some metadata standards actually have elements called the identifier. Now, this blog discusses an identifier as a security enhancement, like a watermark.

EIDR, a robust content asset identifier systems embeds deep within the asset. It is different than traditional DRM methods which focus on locking access. Rather the EIDR identifier is capable of living in every piece of the content, even in a few seconds of video. So anyone who wanted to use the content would need to go through painstaking and time consuming permutations to remove the identifier or just pay for the rights.

Interesting concept…


Superlibrarian to the Rescue!

Thank goodness there’s a contest on Facebook to nominate Librarian Superheroes. Surreptitiously sponsored by Gale/Cenage Learning in anticipation of the ALA conference, this contest seeks nominees that embrace emerging technologies, show leadership, exhibit determination and enthusiasm and push the boundaries.

Instead of wondering if this describes most of us in this profession (which it might), ponder your custom cartoonized image on a collectible lunchbox or trading cards. Now you can be as cool as Scooby Doo. As a former production manager, I must warn you – I believe those prizes will be digitally printed in some way as producing one offs that are debossed, embossed, molded or screenprinted would be really cost prohibitive.

Rules are here. Let the games begin. Prizes awarded at ALA in June.

I’d like a superhero costume with a cape too.



5 Very Special LIS Things + 1 Bonus Thing

Last week, the column in the New York Times that provided inspiration for this one only listed 8 things instead of their usual 10. But I am not going to shortchange you. In fact, I am adding a bonus thing:

1. Is it curation or editing? Discuss after reading this.

2. Ever need a photo editor when you are away from your trusted Photoshop? Try Pixlr.

3. Are there too many buzzwords in the phrase Hybrid Open Source Enterprise Cloud Solutions?

4. Is this comic living in the Macy’s window and posting on FB a social media trend? Should a librarian spend a week living in the stacks and tweet about it?

5. Don’t libraries do the coolest social media campaigns? Look at these.


Did you realize there is such a thing as bookshelf porn? For people who love to look at bookshelves…



Library Cop

Did you ever see the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry forgot to return Henry Miller’s racy Tropic of Cancer (or Capricorn) and has to face the library cop, Mr. Bookman? Well, Bookman would have been appreciative of this 2010 ALA conference program by RBMS To Catch a Thief: Cataloging and the Security of Special Collections.

The topics up for discussion included whether less processing or streamlined processing results in greater risk for collection theft. Finding just the right amount of processing to make materials accessible, providing the best data and using staff resources wisely has been up for debate since 2005 when Greene and Meissner published More Product Less Process.

Another interesting idea is the tiered processing system employed by the Library of Congress. More valuable items require more detail in processing and are ranked in a higher echelon. Less valuable or rare equates with less processing.

Finally, in terms of preventing rare book and special collections related crimes, it seems that a combination of transparency, record keeping via cataloging entries and communication about missing items can help in retrieval.

Read the whole blog on OCLC’s Hanging Together here or view the recording of the conference here.

Library crime is no laughing matter…

Page Turners Wanted

Take a gander at this device called the Book Saver. With the use of little hanging camera technology, this ingenious tool claims to digitize a 200 page book in about 15 minutes.

While not nearly as effortless as a CD ripper, the advent of this technology is worrisome to publishers. It is worth noting that the Book Saver still requires an actual person (or monkey) to turn the pages and the speed of scanning may be affected by page turning dexterity. Nevertheless, this type of construction versus the old face down book cradle scanner is fairly revolutionary.