Library Connection Submits OCLC #100,000,000

Anonymous Patron writes "OCLC record number 100,000,000 was contributed on March 29, 2007 with the addition of "It's a horse's life! : advice and observations for the humans who choose to share it" by Joanne M. Friedman. This milestone was breached by Library Connection Inc.(CKE) of Windsor Connecticut. Here is the MARC from their catalog


LOC Continues Cataloging Overhaul

Anonymous Patron writes "Greetings from Baltimore, where the 13th National Conference of the Association of College & Research Libraries is drawing to a close. To coincide with the conference, some sweeping changes have been announced by none other than the Library of Congress regarding how they handing the cataloging of materials."


A Trip to Rochester to Learn about The eXtensible Catalog

Eric Lease Morgan took a A Trip to Rochester to Learn about XC. He had the opportunity to visit the University of Rochester River Campus and meet with a number of very smart people to discuss a thing called XC (eXtensible Catalog, This travel log documents the experience.
Communities and cooperation are a large part of what it means to be libraries. If libraries were to pool their resources and work together, I am certain the sum will be greater than its parts. XC is a manifestation of this idea.

When tags work and when they don't: Amazon and LibraryThing

Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog): When tags work and when they don't: Amazon and LibraryThing: This is an extensive post, revealing the results of a statistical comparison between Amazon and LibraryThing tags, and exploring why tagging has turned out relatively poorly for Amazon. Tim Spaldin ends by making concrete recommendations for ecommerce sites interested in making tagging work.

Can subjects be relevancy ranked?

Over at LibraryThing Time Spallding wondered Can subjects be relevancy ranked?
Some ideas he considered:

  • Treating subjects as links, and running some sort of "page-rank" style connection algorithm against them. Maybe this would bring out coincidences that simple statistics misses.
  • Using other library data, such as LCC and Dewey. This would be reminiscent of how I made LibraryThing's LCSH/LCC/Dewey recommendations.
  • Doing statistics on other fields, such as the title. So, for example, there's probably a statistical correlation between "Man-woman relationships" and books with "dating," "men and women" and "proposal" in the title.

It's Back to Work for this Eighty-four Year Old Librarian

Frances Williams has been asked to come back to work...even though she's now 84 years old. She'll be working at a library in Madras India helping them to catalogue thousands of books using the Dewey Decimal system. She worked at the same library during the 1980's. Story from the UK's Malvern Gazette.


Working Group Established To Discuss Future of Bibliographic Control

Is there anything librarians love more than committees and working groups? Probably not. The LOC Announced a new group. "Advances in search-engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources have greatly changed the way libraries do their work. To address those changes, the Library of Congress has convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century."

Brown University cataloguing its repository of rare maps

The AP Wire has one on a Brown University collection of more than 1,000 rare maps that librarians are in the process of cataloging online in an effort to move into the digital age.

Officials say the push to catalog the artifacts -- some brittle with age, and many dating back 100 years or more -- will make them more accessible to the public and help those interested in urban studies, genealogy and other research areas.

What is Going on at the Library of Congress?

I thought we had pointed to What is Going on at the Library of Congress? [pdf] but I could be wrong. In any case, Steven Chabot has written A summary and commentary of Thomas Mann's "What's Going on at the Library of Congress?"Both pieces are worth a read. Chabot focuses on 2 of Mann's points, A move to abandoning the LC system of headings (essentially leaving categorization to Google-like keyword searches and Amazon-like user recommendations) and
To accept digital copies of those works not "born digital", i.e. books, in place of their paper representation on a physical shelf.


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