Posted tagged ‘library of congress’

Flickr Pools

December 18, 2008

The Library of Congress has just released their report on the pilot program in which they uploaded a couple thousand photos from their archive onto Flickr.  By all accounts the project has been declared a huge success.  According to the report “the photos have drawn more than 10 million views, 7,166 comments and more than 67,000 tags”.  These are simply astonishing numbers!

And now the NYPL is following suit.  I’m incredibly jealous, coming from a library with a large photo archive that we will likely never get around to indexing fully.  These project are a great way to both fill in metadata, and to ensure these materials are discovered and utilized, and I’m hoping the results of the LoC’s project will inspire others to do the same.

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The Current State of Tech Services on the Web

December 3, 2008

Well, it’s come at last.  Tomorrow I’ll be heading out the WMRLS for my first ever workshop, and will finally be able to put into use the links page in the right hand column.  In preparation I’ve spent a lot of time lately exploring the online technical services world, and over all it’s not very good.

There are almost no decent sites out there for the profession.  The Library of Congress’s cataloging and acquistions department is a notable exception, but besides that sites are largly poorly designed, out of date, or are just repositories for powerpoint presentations.  

The only real signs of life online are on the autocat list, the librarians for librarything forum, and across the blogosphere.  At least those resources are quite extensive and provide a great means of staying current, but they’re awful for getting up to speed.

So tomorrow should be interesting.  I’ve always thought that we need to spend more time focusing on life outside the field, which I guess is now going to become part of a theme for my talk.

But I’m still open to having people prove me wrong.  Find some more sites and let me know.

The Future of the LC

June 4, 2008

Well I finally finished skimming through the Library of Congress’ response to the final report of the working group on the future of bibliographic control.  Very few surprises here, the LC agreed with nearly all of the working group’s recommendations, albeit not always with a lot of enthusiasm.  The one glaring exception was of course their continued support for the development of RDA, but again that was hardly a surprise.  I’m still on the fence on the issue, but find the whole debate fairly fascinating.  If you have any interest in the matter than these are both required reading.