On this day, Dewey first classified

teaperson writes "May 8, 1873. Amherst College. A junior named Melville Dewey approaches the faculty about reorganizing the library collection. Mass Moments has details, including this letter written a decade later: "Sum day, dear Amherst, may it be my happy lot tu pruv how great iz the love I bear yu. Proud, always, everwher to be counted among yur sonz, I am Very truly, Melvil Dui.""


"File Under Other"--Cataloging Zines

The Boston Globe offers an interesting story that looks at the problems of collecting non-standard materials. Zine librarian Jenna Freedman is featured.

There is no preexisting librarians' code pertaining to how one should handle a document that includes a free prophylactic; Freedman stows the entire zine, ephemera and all, along with a rigid, acid-free cardboard backing in a plastic sleeve designed for comic books.

Cory Doctorow: taxonomies/metadata: it's all crap

madcow writes ""Now that the digital age has blown apart traditional ways of organizing information, what's next? Suddenly, everything is miscellaneous."

"David and Cory discuss the advantages and pitfalls of explicit and implicit metadata, tags and the rules governing the use and re-use of content in commerce and culture.""

New homes for Typo of the Day and its creators

Terry Ballard writes "The blog Typo of the Day, formerly at has moved to a new home at . The Libtypos crew, known to the world as Database Protectors also maintains a wiki at, which lists the 100+ typos featured on the blog since its creation, and provides links to that day's posting.
A listserv from the group, that was created in 2000 on Yahoo groups was recently adopted by NELINET, thanks to a generous offer by NELINET's director Arnold Hirshon. You can subscribe by going to:

The List Page

This group provides frequent updates to information about errors in online catalogs, and its members volunteer to work the blog and wiki. Further information about this project can be obtained from Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian, the Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, Hamden CT, 06518. His email is terry.ballard at"


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.


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