5 Things Thursday: Call for Submissions

Due to a recent busy work schedule and some recent volunteer activity at my local historical society, I feel I need to take a brief hiatus from Mod Librarian until mid-June.

That said, I would welcome a guest contributor or contributors and/or any interesting links to metadata, archive, cataloging, or digital asset management related news to aid in the compilation of 5 Things.

Is anyone out there up for the challenge? I greatly appreciate it!

5 Things Thursday: Twitter Archive, Dublin Core, DAM

Here are five things for springtime.

  1. Wondering about the much anticipated Library of Congress Twitter Archive? Here is an update on the project.
  2. Can you effectively use Dublin Core metadata for SEO purposes? Yes you can, for a variety of reasons explained here.
  3. What is the true value of a digital asset? Here is a nice presentation on the subject by Mark Davey.
  4. Do you like ambitious library projects as much as I do? Well, six UK libraries will be archiving the digital history of the UK – about 4.8 million websites. Read about it on Wired UK.
  5. Jill Hurst-Wahl talks about Henrik de Gyor speaking to her class about digital asset management skills, coding education resources and the vital importance of metadata in life in this post.

5 Things Thursday: Spring Cleaning, DAM Findability, Crowdsourcing

I am freshly back from a wonderful trip to the Big Apple and ready to present 5 things for you to consider:

  1. Curious about music librarianship? Get the scoop on Hack Library School. As with any concentration, it helps to focus your efforts, join applicable organizations and network with other music librarians.
  2. This is an amazing interview with Mary Flanagan, director of Tiltfactor Lab. I believe I mentioned her previously as she is responsible for many brilliant metadata games for crowdsourcing. Find out more here.
  3. Henrik de Gyor discusses DAM trading cards and DAM voodoo dolls. The voodoo dolls are DAM issues common to many DAM professionals including but not limited to lack of user adoption, bad filenames, non-existent back ups, poor search results…
  4. Want to clean up your image archive? Spring is the perfect time and you won’t even need environmentally friendly cleaning products, simply some organizational chops.
  5. One of my favorite topics – findability. This article on DAMNEWS actually lists some handy tips like providing a literal description (sometimes a cigar is just a cigar), the importance of fewer relevant keywords over more less accurate keywords, and subdividing asset catalogs.