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 collecting and preserving user-generated content?
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 explains how to adapt existing systems to incorporate PBCore to promote greater consistency and allow interoperability and sharing as well as how to go whole hog in creating a system entirely based on PBCore. It all depends on how much metadata is appropriate for your particular application.
PBCore is free for use (Creative Commons license model) and the primary focus is on helping media managers create metadata to improve findability, encourage ease of reuse, and sharing. This standard is simple to use even with a basic Excel spreadsheet and can be used with databases like Filemaker. Many DAM systems can be mapped to the PBCore elements too.
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 they’ll actually use.”
Now, I agree that library service of the future will focus much more on content delivery than on actual books, however, don’t we still need trained librarians to do the work associated with curating, selecting, purchasing, managing and organizing that content.
Newport Beach would like to save money by eliminating trained reference librarians. The plan is instead to turn part of the Marina Park Community Center into an “electronic library.” Simply putting in some terminals with Internet connections and access to some content does not a library make. Thoughts?
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.
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 books? Be a BookMooch.
- Love social media demographics? Here you go…
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 article and all links make a somewhat complex and murky subject seem accessible, examining many specific examples of how DITA could be used and where organizations sometimes fall short (probably because they do not fully understand the power of DITA).
It is eye opening to find out how underutilized the DITA structure can be even when used in enterprise endeavors. Considering that DITA “provides a relatively rich and extensible framework for embedding metadata directly within the XML objects themselves,”the possibilities for improving search and in dynamic publishing and workflow automation should provide suitable enticement.
This article wraps up with a nice succinct list of best practices. I feel like I learned something!
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 MARC.
Think about the possibilities for automatically populating metadata fields in a digital asset management system or in creating a customized database. What other websites might contain hidden gems? Wikipedia, Amazon, Getty Images…