10 Things on the 10th July: Wax Cylinder Archive, DAM, Hipster Coffee Shops, Metadata

Here are ten things for our summer reading club:

  1. Check out the UCSB library of wax cylinder recordings.
  2. The incomparable Ralph Windsor on DAM and interoperability.
  3. A taxonomy of hipster coffee shop names.
  4. Many of the tips in this article by Emily Quan on improving DAM user adoption apply to any enterprise-level content system.
  5. This explanation of the DATS data tag set is useful for anyone trying to establish a data model.
  6. Grafter bills itself as industrial-strength linked data and RDF manufacturing.
  7. From the 2017 IA Summit: Bram Wessel “Was Nate Silver Wrong?
  8. For a belated Independence Day offering, here is an interesting piece by NYPL archives.
  9. How taxonomy improves search at the Huffington Post.
  10. Finally, do you really need a graph database?



10 Things on the 10th June: NLP, Data, Subject Analysis, and Cool Archives

Here are ten things for June:

  1. This sounds like a really amazing day for anyone in Seattle interested in the power of natural language processing.
  2. Can you use deep learning if your data is not that big?
  3. A slightly whimsical, but informative piece on the how to of library subject analysis.
  4. Did you know you can search the LibGuides at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to uncover gem collections like Scrapbooks on the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart or Revolution…Grrrl Style.
  5. How to create your own controlled vocabulary for your Digital Asset Management system or for anything, really…
  6. Decentralized Evolution and Consolidation of RDF Graphs.
  7. Museum Community Letter to Digital Asset Management (DAM) Software Vendors.
  8. Ultimate beach reading list from Harper’s Bazaar.
  9. ASMP Rights Management presentation by Henrik de Gyor.
  10. Do you need a DAM?

BONUS: Free Primary Sources and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters

10 Things on the 10th May: Taxonomy, Brooklyn, Canadians…

Hello! Mod Librarian returns from hiatus. I will be writing from the Big Apple starting next month and I truly appreciate the time off from this blog to get my affairs in order for the relocation. Onwards…

  1. Nice article on the meaning of taxonomy from a UX perspective.
  2. Do you need an authority for specifically Canadian subject headings, eh?
  3. Want to find the best open source graph database projects or solutions?
  4. I can’t wait to explore the Brooklyn Collection in person.
  5. An interview with Dan Piro of the National Hockey League on Another DAM Podcast.
  6. I am very interested in structured content because of its flexibility. And, because I now work on it every day in my current gig.
  7. Summer is approaching – perhaps time for a visit to the Coney Island Collection.
  8. Very thorough DAM reading list from Tim Strehle.
  9. How to measure DAM success. Any article that quotes John Horodyski is a keeper…
  10. The preservation of glass plate negatives.

Coming up next month: I will be writing this from my new home in Brooklyn. East coasters – I hope to finally get a chance to meet many of you in person.

10 Things: Taking a Break

Well, I was hoping that my last post February 10th would garner a lot of interest, community knowledge, and tips.

A lot of people read it, but I received no comments or responses.

In addition, I am going to be managing a major life change in the next few months. As such, Mod Librarian is on indefinite hiatus.

I hope to return in the fall.

Thank you for reading!


Mod Librarian aka Tracy Wolfe

10 Things on the 10th: Request for Help


This time around, I have ten questions for the Information community related to some projects I am involved in:

  1. What is the biggest difference between creating a thesaurus with ANSI/NISO or with ISO?
  2. Can you convert a thesaurus created using and ANSI/NISO inspired governance document to comply with ISO standards?
  3. What is the best resource for the foundation of a vocabulary that deals with all things and subjects? Is it LCSH?
  4. Has anyone mined DBPedia terms and scope notes for their ontology? How?  Why?
  5. How do you avoid near duplication in longer text-based metadata (like Dublin Core descriptions, for instance)?
  6. How do you account for stemming and misspellings if the system you are using will not? Are these all NPT’s (non preferred terms).
  7. For all of the above, are there any tips for automating processes or is this all very manual?
  8. Once a thesaurus structure is in place, at what point should it be integrated with the CMS to enhance search and tagging?
  9. What is the best way to “show” users relationships between concepts and content?
  10. Should all users have the ability to create metadata or just to apply metadata?

Thanks for reading this. This is an interactive post and I would welcome any and all comments, advice or examples. Please comment right on the post and I will moderate, curate and share!

10 Things on the 10th January: DAM, IA, Royal Books, Film and More…

Happy new year, or should I just say new year? Here are ten things:

  1. Interpreting citation patterns with a graph database from neo4j.
  2. Another DAM Podcast interview with Julia Kim from the American Folklife Center.
  3. Can librarians help solve the fake news problem?
  4. Universal Studios’ digital restoration of King of Jazz (1930).
  5. A librarian in Florida went rogue to save 2,361 books from an algorithm.
  6. Overlooked books of 2016.
  7. The IA Summit has an interesting line-up, including Gary Carlson on taxonomy.
  8. Need a  multilingual agricultural thesaurus? Try AGROVOC.
  9. How to model customer surveys in a graph database.
  10. What is metadata and why is it as important as the data itself?

See you in February, provided the world is still here!

10 Things on the 10th December: Internet Archive, Ambiguous Metadata, Rock and Roll…

Here is a holiday edition of 10 Things for your perusal:

  1. I love these WPA posters at the Library of Congress.
  2. We could all use this news literacy toolkit for unearthing fake news.
  3. Harvesting government history in preparation for the new U.S. administration.
  4. Good times here in the U.S. – fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to create mirror site in Canada.
  5. From the Getty – the curse of ambiguous metadata fields on The Iris.
  6. The Seattle Public Library’s Special Collections on Native American heritage.
  7. An introduction to metadata and taxonomy from Robert Godino.
  8. How about metadata in electronic records management from the National Archives?
  9. From Cooper Hewitt – two articles on mass digitization: workflows and barcodes and digital asset management.
  10. Finally, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.

Have a happy season!