5 Things Thursday: Card Sorting, Get a Job, ALA, DAM, Rock and Roll

Here are 5 things. What a week!

  1. Is online card sorting even better than the real thing (meaning real index cards)? I have done both and each has its pros and cons.
  2. Here are some tips for new students looking for library jobs. The only other thing I would add to this list is to make the job search like a mandatory course for your last semester/quarter of the MLIS. Make a spreadsheet, set up automatic feeds for job listings, network your patootie off…
  3. The Association for Library Collections &Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), with the support of Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce the formation of the ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee. Great news for those concerned about bibliographic standards.
  4. Here is a glimpse how digital asset management can help with municipal budgets. I don’t know about you, but my focus is creative assets leaves me intrigued by how other types of organizations use DAM.
  5. Did you know that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a library and archive? From Clive Davis’ correspondance to the Soul Asylum collection, this could be very interesting.



PacaSearch: Fossilized Mammoth Dung

I’ve written about PacaSearch — the federated search engine for the stock photo industry allowing access to over 173 million licensable images. Well, I just read an amusing anecdote on a swell blog Visual Connections.

Seems a photo researcher in the publishing industry was fruitlessly searching for an image of fossilized mammoth dung. When she ran into the PACA folks at the Visual Connections Expo in Chicago they located an image for her in about ten seconds all due to the crass amazingness of the PacaSearch tool.

The interview with Doud Dawirs from PACA in the blog post also reveals that current PacaSearch users are loyal, the simplicity of the interface will not change, support has been added for motion clips and that users should begin by watching the simple tutorial. Another search tip – sometimes it’s what NOT to search for that matters most for relevant results.

Social Media Taxonomy

I was really excited to read this blog post by Chris Horton called Insight into the Emerging Taxonomy of Social Media.

I always get pretty excited about the word taxonomy and hoped that perhaps this post would suggest a way to better classify and manage personal interactions betwixt social media tools.

Alas, that is not the case, but this article does present a pretty accurate portrayal of the major players in social media and what differentiates the users and functionalities. As I suspected, I am not the only one perplexed by the efficacy of Google + (I am not partaking) or amazed by the skyrocketing success of Pinterest.

This post confirms that I am using my social media tools like everyone else, even to the point of separating personal and professional connections. Yahoo – how affirming! For social media marketers, this information is useful as well in terms of prioritizing where to expend effort. This is especially relevant for libraries with a social media presence that need a lot of bang for the nonexistent and short staffed buck.




5 Things Thursday: DAM, Music and Negative Librarians

Here are five things to ponder:

  1. Does DAM success hinge on integration and vendor support? Irina Guseva of the Real Story Group thinks that “technology fit” and “partner fit” are two key factors. I could not agree more. The technology should fit not only user requirements, but integrate with existing systems or workflows if need be. And, since you’ll likely be working closely with your DAM vendor for years to come, they should be responsive and helpful.
  2. Should you consider use when choosing a DAM system? Irina Guseva of the Real Story Group stresses the importance of use cases in selection. Anjali Yakkundi, a researcher with Forrester Research Inc. urges DAM customers to identify the business problem they are trying to solve.
  3. Are you a digital hoarder? Edward Smith from Extensis may be able to help you. With five simple steps to getting organized and the best place to start, this SXSW submission also includes a handy Slideshare.
  4. Are you interested in a Wikipedia-like music encyclopedia? Check out MusicBrainz. You can contribute or use it as a search tool. My test search on Duran Duran brought up all recordings, tracks and even tags like ‘new wave, pop, alternative, synth pop.’
  5. Sick of negative nellies discouraging new MLIS graduates? Read this post on Hack Library School. Most library professionals have a love of knowledge sharing and are natural mentors, but others feel threatened by the new crop of librarians and change in general. I am going on record here to say thank you to all the librarians I worked with while in library school who shared their knowledge willingly. Now that I am out there, I would love to share mine with anyone who asks too.