5 Things Thursday: @SPLBuzz Online Collections, DAM, Space Age Crowdsourcing

Here are five summer things:

  1. Check out the awesome digital collections at The Seattle Public Library.
  2. 10 must read books about libraries and librarians which I have not read.
  3. David Diamond on the sheer value of information professionals.
  4. NASA seeks public help with photo archive.
  5. Using ArchivesSpace as DAM for Austin graffiti.

Thanks for reading, loyal readers. Taking two weeks off and returning after Labor Day. In Seattle, the Mod Librarian does not want to waste one last second of sun…


5 Things Thursday: DAM; Adjusting; Cataloging

Here are five things for this week:

  1. I found a great article about adjusting to a new library workplace by Joanne Oud. While this examines only academic librarians, I’d say the topics apply to any type of library including things like actual job differing from job description.
  2. Are catalogers sometimes like art history detectives? I think so…
  3. Five steps for company wide DAM adoption. Especially important are the “cheerleaders,” although I prefer to think of them as DAM evangelists…
  4. Two digital public libraries and collaborative metadata ingestion sounds dangerous, but this in depth article identifies kinks in the DPLA system.
  5. Cataloging the universe of visual materials XML extras for those not attending SAA (like me).

BONUS ROUND: Should women wear trousers? Special collections feature.

5 Things Thursday: Rare Materials, Archivists and Archives, OCLC

Here are five more things:

  1. OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights (Issue 13) is now available and features interesting articles on digital preservation and Rangananthan as well as scholarly records.
  2. Archivally Correct talks about changes for visitors at the National Archives.
  3. Some great presentations from the Women Archivists Roundtable.
  4. Standard Citation Forms for Rare Materials Cataloging are references to bibliographies and catalogs (printed or electronic) used by rare book catalogers, dealers, collectors, and researchers that can be used to verify or identify a work or provide a detailed physical description. Read more here.
  5. Here is a cataloging manual for archival moving images.


PS – anyone know of any good articles or resources on providing reference service, especially the challenges of staying calm, friendly and upbeat during relentless shifts? Much appreciated!