Did you know that people will be talking about Linked Open Data in San Francisco this week at the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit (“LOD-LAM”)?
This looks like a fascinating event with leaders in multidisciplinary metadata hashing out policies and pondering answers to questions like whether 25-50% adoption of OAI-MPH by member agencies is really enough to warrant the time and effort required for interoperability and sharing. Can this protocol be simplified to promote consistent use?
The article Beyond OAI-MPH by Richard J. Urban raises some thought provoking points and is the source of some fabulous related resources.
Want to learn more about W3’s Linking Open Data task forces and resources too? Try this site full of information.
Museums and libraries continue to explore new methods of engaging patrons. The Portland Art Museum’s Object Stories project is a fine example.
“The Portland Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to share your story about an object that is meaningful to you. Do you have something you would never give up? Like a favorite childhood toy, a military medal, or a memento? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in a corner of your dresser? Something that evokes a time or person in your life, a place you miss, or something you hope for?”
The museum has set up an easy to use interactive booth for recording the stories. Simply bring your object of choice, be prepared to talk about it, and sign a form granting the museum the rights to use your story online, in the museum exhibit and to archive it.
Check out this fascinating collection here. I bet you can’t watch just one. Evocative of StoryCorps, this project is sheer genius.
Like many librarians, I like to visit exotic libraries when I am travelling to different cities. I am in Portland, Oregon for Memorial Day weekend and happy to report that the Central location of the Multnomah County Library is right around the corner from my hotel.
This library is a stately old structure, well kept, and fittingly restored. The layout incorporates modern elements like the ubiquitous computer terminals in an unobtrusive fashion.
The flow of the library is brilliant. My favorite part was the room to the left of the entrance lobby called the Popular Library. This room housed the reference desk, fiction, myteries, large print, sci fi, DVD’s and holds. Everything a patron would want is all in one lovely and intuitively named spot.
The best part was that the library was hopping on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Interestingly enough, so was Powell’s Books. I guess books and libraries are not dead yet…
Here is a list of five things, four of which have nothing to do with Seth Godin’s ideas on the future of libraries:
- Want to read a fantastic article on institutional repositories and digital preservation?
- Should robots be lending library books at BART stations in the Bay Area?
- Do you need a mentor in book form? Read this.
- Would a wheelbarrow full of cash stop non-librarians from commenting on libraries?
- Does it seem odd that the Internet Archive is launching a physical archive?
I just researched and implemented a new circulation system for fifteen cruise ship libraries. The collections consist of approximately 2500-3K books and a couple hundred board games on each ship.
After vetting many programs and finding that most were too complex for our minimalist cataloging needs, I found one that offered great ease in importing Excel files to populate library records and more importantly borrower information. In addition, I was limited by the lack of internet access onboard and needed a dedicated solution on each ship.
Simple Library Organizer by PrimaSoft fit the bill and even better, when I started to ask questions about using custom metadata fields for borrower information like Stateroom Number and Departure Date, PrimaSoft simple added the fields and offered me a fully customized solution. This is one of the only library software products specifically for use on a cruise ship.
The lesson here? Why not ask for what you need? It was a similar experience to using an open source solution and custom coding. Now, I have a product that will work even better than the out of the box solution.
I just ran across one of the most succinct and helpful explanations of keywords for stock photography ever written on the Veer site. These guidelines or FAQ’s designed for contributing artists, explain in plain English why keywords are important, how a controlled vocabulary is utilized to map terms, and how ambiguity is the enemy (entering the term chick on an image of a hot babe will map to the term for baby chickens).
Vocabulary and visual resources are two of my main areas of interest and I have done a lot of research on the information available for the users and contributors to stock image sites. The Veer site exceeds any of the other materials I have vetted.
Veer is a division of Corbis and certainly has evolved as a brand that lives up to the promise of an uncomplicated user experience. From the site design and organization to the pricing structure, the content is easy to locate and easy to buy with terms that are easy to understand.
Here are 5 things to inspire your inner LIS enthusiast:
- Have you heard of the company littleBits?
- Would you like simpler file upload in Google docs?
- What happens in a world transcending 26 checkouts?
- Would your ears like to hear the LOC National Jukebox?
- What are employers looking for these days? SLA has some insight.