Dewey Subject of Great Idea Contest

LibrErica writes "Dewey Decimal is the best idea since sliced bread? Just maybe. While conducting a contest for "The Best Idea Since..." the SEIU is soliciting entries for any common sense idea from any willing contributor about any topic under the sun. One submission suggests using the Dewey Decimal Classification system to make relevant web pages easier to find. Could the submission be a stealth attempt by a librarian? Could it be from an avid library patron? Check it out for yourself here:"


OpenWorldCat to Get Amazon-style Features?

AshtabulaGuy writes "OCLC just announced a new OpenWorldCat pilot sub-project through FIRSTSEARCH-L. The pilot will involve allowing users to contribute "details" (which would include tables of contents that would otherwise be encoded using "505" formatted content tags in MARC21 by ctalogers) and "reviews" by users in the style of The press release also noted that these features that are presently in testing may eventually make their way into the subscription-based WorldCat database. It is uncertain whether or not this will run into quality control issues like Wikipedia has had mentioned recently, though."


Who Needs Catalogers When You Have LibraryThing?

Kelly writes "Do book book cataloging using Flickr-style tagging and with access to LC's catalog (still in beta) Cost? (so far): $10.00 for lifetime membership to

Testimonials (which seem rather enthusiastic)."


Sanford Berman's Jean Coleman Award Speech ALA June 2005

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Sandy Berman was given the Jean Coleman Award for 2005. After receiving the award he gave a speech entitled, "Classism in the Stacks: Libraries and Poverty." The posted speech should have look normal, but since Sandy's eyes were very bad while he was typing the speech, he had to type it in ALL CAPS. Despite several messages to ALA's Satia Orange, her staff has posted it ALL IN CAPS! ( I lost a $1 bet - I just didn't think they would do it.) Read the speech at - man/jeanecoleman.htm"


Newsflash! Subject Headings not boring!

Newsflash! Subject Headings not boring!: Cataloguing… just try dropping that word in a conversation and watch people’s eyes glaze over with boredom, or even worse, complete and utter indifference. But just because John Q. Public may not appreciate the beauty of Library of Congress Subject Headings doesn’t mean we should fret too much. After all, if no one is watching the librarians we can do whatever we want.

Although the vast majority of headings in the LCSH are painfully boring and uniform, clearly someone at the Library of Congress has a sense of humour, and is taking advantage of the fact that no one is watching... hence this list of weird and wacky subject headings submitted by the students of GLIS.
Want to add your heading to the list?


AUTOCAT: UNT SLIS Embarks on MARC21 Research

AshtabulaGuy writes "In a message posted to AUTOCAT yesterday University of North Texas-Texas Center for Digital Knowledge Fellow Dr. Shawne Miksa noted that the Institute for Museum and Library Services gave funding to assist with financing a two year project researching MARC21 that began in December 2004. The project is intended to look into the multiplicity of tags available for use in coding records and attempt to ascertain how many of such tags are actually normally used by a cataloger in daily work. OCLC released to the research team the WorldCat database to look at records in their instances of initial creation to determine what were the most common tags used and what was rarely, if ever, used. More information is available about the MARC Content Designation Utilization project at its website. The project's plan is availabe in Adobe Acrobat format as well. This project appears to have implications for core record and minimal-level cataloging efforts by showing what are minimum tags used on a day-to-day basis in "full records" as it is. The release on AUTOCAT noted that in an earlier effort by Dr. Miksa's fellow principal investigator, Dr. William Moen, found that only 36 of the over 2000 possible MARC21 tags were actually used in records 80% of the time. The project appears to further earlier work led by Dr. Moen."


Newsweek Talks Tagging

Library Stuff points to a
response by Gary Price about a
Newsweek article
on folksonomies, as used by Flickr,, and

Are these the next big thing in indexing the Internet? First cataloging gets renamed metadata, and now keywords are folksonomies. What's next for librarians, er, information scientists?


AMeGA Final Report Released

The AMeGA Final Report was released yesterday. Here is a description of the project from its executive summary:

The Automatic Metadata Generation Applications (AMeGA) project, which was
conducted in conjunction with the Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of
Congress Action Plan
, addresses the
challenge of metadata generation for digital resources. The work underlying the AMeGA project
was guided by the following three goals:

  • To evaluate current automatic metadata generation functionalities supported by
    content creation software and automatic metadata generation applications; and review
    automatic metadata generation functionalities supported by integrated library systems
  • To survey metadata experts to determine which aspects of metadata generation are
    most amenable to automation.
  • To compile a final report of recommended functionalities for automatic metadata
    generation applications.

Brooklyn Museum to catalog costume collection

The New York Times is reporting (free registration required) that the Brooklyn Museum has recieved a Mellon grant to catalog its huge (70,000+ pieces) costume collection.

For the first time in the collection's history, a detailed record of all its pieces will be created, with a digital image of each dress, purse, scarf, shoe, hat, earring and brooch. Four thousand of the most important pieces will be photographed at high resolution and at some point made available for viewing online by scholars, the Mellon Foundation said.


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