Happy 3rd of July! Here are 5 things, mostly gleaned from Tweets of the librarians that did attend RBMS and ALA this year.
- Fabulous presentation about spaces for special collections by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. My favorite comment regarding rows and rows of archival boxes “Amidst the beige and grey,students not only begin to grasp the scope of an institution’s collection and the breadth of formats it contains, but they also begin to appreciate how value is attached to those materials – and just how much of it lives only in material form, and will likely not be digitized any time soon.“
- Slides from Jennifer A. Liss, Metadata Librarian at Indiana University Libraries. I wish I had been able to attend this, but it echoes some of my top concepts – that catalogers need to be visually literate (aboutness, anyone?), that taxonomy is the key to the world of findability, disambiguation and relationships should be paramount. Too bad so much time is spent on MARC records when more time needs to be spent on automating metadata creation and promoting discovery in ways beyond the library catalog…
- Lovely libguide from Purdue University. I am thing we need something like this to help our researchers.
- NCSU Libraries have made their open source tool lentil available. It enables crowdsourcing data for images, like on Instagram. Example here.
- Finally, Franklin Vagnone on the Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums.