Monthly Archives: September 2004

Cataloging mission statement

I have just come across the MIT Libraries’ Cataloging Mission Statement. The cataloging units of the MIT Libraries develop and apply creative solutions to manage and facilitate the use of information resources. We continually build expertise in metadata standards and database structures, as well as knowledge of the resources and their scholarly context. We use … Continue reading Cataloging mission statement

Wikipedia and reputation

Ross Mayfield summarises current discussions about the ‘trustworthiness’ of Wikipedia. Which brings me to an lingering thought — that explicitly codifying reputation introduces a cost which can constrain commons-based peer production. Wikipedia was never supposed to work, somehow does because of good club theory and transaction costs, and has gained a reputation as a resource. … Continue reading Wikipedia and reputation

Learning and libraries

The recent report released by DLF, Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation, makes it three: three recent reports on the increasingly important interface between library services and instructional technology applications. The three are: Digital Library Content and Course Management Systems: Issues of Interoperation. Report of a study group chaired by Dale … Continue reading Learning and libraries

Collection level description

Libraries have historically been interested in trees: their descriptive practices have focused on works and their manifestations. Libraries are becoming more interested in describing woods, the collections of which individual items are a part. This in turn creates an interest in collection level description. ‘Collections’ tends to be used here quite generally, to refer to, … Continue reading Collection level description