5 Things Thursday: Librarians, Seed Catalogs, Archival Resources

Here are five things to expand your library minds:

  1. Five things that people don’t realize librarians do. Because they just read books all day…
  2. Fabulous resource page from The National Archives in the UK. The section on Practical Guidance is particularly compelling.
  3. Lovely collection of seed catalogs in a digital archive from the USDA.
  4. Take this survey on Cross Perceptions of Public Services and Technical Services Librarians. I am confused about it because I perform both reference and cataloging functions…
  5. Truest thing – librarianship (and success) is all about relationships. Read this post about another thing not learned in grad school.

5 Things Thursday: BISAC, DAM, Special Collections

Here are five more things to consider:

  1. Some fine resources on switching to a BISAC classification system – Dewey We or Don’t We?
  2. Hack Lib School on surviving cataloging class.
  3. How do people (especially kids) name things? A fascinating study of naming and ordering in special collections.
  4. Book – Digital Asset Management for Photographers.
  5. Librarian parody songs.

BONUS: The Seattle Public Library celebrates ten years of the architectural wonder that is the Central library.

5 Things Thursday: CONTENTdm, Secret Libraries, Online Classes

Here are five more library-related things to amaze you.

  1. Stephen Abram summarizes ALA’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report.
  2. Check out these Secret Libraries of New York City. I know what I’ll be doing on vacation in the fall…
  3. Where can you find some affordable online courses on library topics like metadata, RDA, and XML? Library Juice Academy has some interesting choices.
  4. The CONTENTdm Southern Users Group meeting has some great topics and speakers – from splash pages to batches to scrapbook collections.
  5. More perspective from librarians regarding digital collections, complete with three informative videos on launch, support and management.

5 Things Thursday: Local History, EAD, Web Archives

Here are five more things…

  1. A little local history find for Seattle folks – “Lost Eddie Sato World’s Fair Photos Now Found.” The slides were at a discount store in Chicago. Pretty mod stuff!
  2. Why archive websites? This article from LOC tells you about the why and what of web archiving.
  3. I’ve been looking for examples of nice finding aids in CONTENTdm. Here are some from the Phillips Library.
  4. I must watch this webinar now – “Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access.” Thanks OCLC!
  5. Check out this Kickstarter project for library advocacy – libraries are more than books!