5 Things Thursday: Cool Libraries, Dublin Core, Bookbinding

Here are more than five things to keep you informed this week:

  1. My library, the Central location of The Seattle Public Library made it onto two lists recently – American Public Libraries Great and Small from The New Yorker and Stunning Libraries from Around the World from The Guardian. It really is spectacular.
  2. This Dublin Core Cheatsheet from the Automist could prove helpful in this data dictionary streamlining project I am working on or for some of your projects.
  3. Check out the South Dakota Digital Archives. Looks like they use a combination of subject terms ranging from LCSH to broader terms to enable greater flexibility in user search.
  4. This upcoming title looks amazing – Rare Books and Special Collections by Sidney E. Berger. I will hope to get it on Interlibrary Loan if my library doesn’t purchase it because the price is a little steep.
  5. The Seattle Public Library has a marvelous Pinterest page which includes staff favorites and historical photos amongst other gems.


BONUS: Are you aware of the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado? It is prestigious and looks essential for anyone working with rare materials.


5 Things Thursday: Archivists, RDA Express, DAM Infographic

Here are five plus things to ponder:

  1. Where do archivists belong? Figure that out, then look at this link to DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) to get inspired and finally, take this survey on preservation of social media.
  2. Check out this nifty infographic on the business case for digital asset management (DAM).
  3. This sounds too good to be true – RDA Express!
  4. Not surprisingly, the biggest library users are also purported to be the biggest tech users. The two endeavors are not mutually exclusive.
  5. For those in the market for  a date, 15 reasons to date a librarian including having a worthy Scrabble opponent.

5 Things Thursday: Subject Headings, Reader’s Advisory, Shutterstock

Here are five super things:

  1. A colleague hipped me to this fabulous online collection from the Wisconsin Historical Society. My favorite part – the subject heading lists to aid in searching.
  2. Want a nice presentation on best practices for music cataloging in RDA and MARC? Look here.
  3. Wow! Shutterstock, becoming a major player in the stock photo space, is now acquiring WebDAM, a leading digital asset management software company. Other companies who will remain unnamed should take note of clever alliances…
  4. Interesting outreach ideas from the Cambridge University Library participating in the Cambridge Science Festival. Exhibits include cartography, board games, book binding and book design.
  5. Did you know The Seattle Public Library has a reader’s advisory page for adults?

5 Things Thursday: DAM, SPL Book Sorting, Digital Video

Here are five amazing things to knock your socks off this week:

  1. Did you ever see an RFID book sorting system in action? Here is the one used at the Central location of The Seattle Public Library as well as some stats and information.
  2. Ian Matzen compiled some information on describing digital video which is always a challenge.
  3. John Horodyski interviews Ian Matzen on the SJSU SLIS site regarding job growth in digital asset management (DAM) and his enviable position at NET-A-PORTER.
  4. The Boston Public Library online collection features some incredible silent videos showing the city at the turn of the century.
  5. And finally, a film preservation manual  prepared by the Washington Preservation Initiative and the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division.