5 Things Thursday: Skills, DAM, ISKO, Names and Crowdfunding

Here are five really interesting things to check out this week:

  1. What skills does a digital archivist or librarian need? According to The Signal (LOC) blog, an MLIS from an ALA-accredited school is a start along with metadata savvy and project management skills.
  2. For some basic DAM building blocks, check out this post by David Riecks – “because people can’t use what they can’t find.”
  3. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this event in London on visual content presented by ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization). With segments on keywording, rights, metadata (including auto generated) and even multimedia classification, this is the kind of thing I would like to see here in Seattle.
  4. This post from Henrik de Gyor on names is intriguing. I might counter with what’s in a filename. Unlike names of products, filenames really should have convention of sorts – dates, abbreviated locations or creator names – a unique identifier.
  5. Out of the box thinking abounds over on Hack Library School with the proclamation that ‘The Library Will Be Crowdfunded.” One can only hope…

5 Things Thursday: Turkey Edition – HP/Autonomy, Geeky Gadgets and Gravy

Here are five things to brighten your Thanksgiving conversation:

  1. Be thankful that you are not Autonomy. They apparently misled HP regarding finances. Oops.
  2. Is the entire enterprise software space a big turkey? This is explored here with my favorite line “the enterprise is selling a tangled mess of spaghetti architecture, and the only ones who can make sense of it are the vendors themselves.”
  3. What better time than immediately preceding black Friday to check out these ten geeky gadgets librarians love? I’d like the Aroma USB so my office can smell like cinnamon…
  4. Rejoice in the season with this Boxes and Arrows overhaul. This site has so much information for information types and now it looks even better.
  5. Ever have to explain the science of library science (especially to relatives at holiday dinners)? This article on good old Hack Lib School delves deeply into the social science aspect. I feel like my research methods course was not taken in vain…