Monthly Archives: June 2008

Harvesting metadata for electronic theses and dissertations

Thom has a nice note on ETD 2008, held at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. (ETD – Electronic Theses and Dissertations.) He notes our ongoing involvement in NDLTD: As part of OCLC’s support to NDLTD we harvest metadata about ETDs, and make a union catalog (which includes metadata from WorldCat) harvestable. This is starting … Continue reading Harvesting metadata for electronic theses and dissertations

Network level image collections

And speaking of network level access, the Flickr Commons initiative seems to be getting real traction. The Smithsonian has just joined the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum and The Powerhouse Museum in making a selection of images available on Flickr. I had not looked closely at the text on the website before, and was … Continue reading Network level image collections


I am pleased to be able to report that my colleague Karen Calhoun has launched a blog: I’m Karen Calhoun, Vice President of WorldCat and Metadata Services at OCLC. Some OCLC colleagues and I have joined together to launch Metalogue, a new blog devoted to cataloguing and metadata topics around the world. [Hello, and On … Continue reading Metalogue

Flickr switch

I just came across a new document published by TASI, Using Flickr to Organise a Collection of Images. The advice is timely in light of the general discussion about using network-level services to manage or expose resources. Whether you have a small number of photographs you would like to share privately with a few colleagues, … Continue reading Flickr switch

Pictures from reusable pixel objects

I like the FooBar picture from EbOY and have used it in presentations as a hook on which to hang a discussion of network trends. EbOY is three artists based in Berlin. What do they do? We create re-usable pixel objects and take them to build complex and extensible artwork. And we make toys. [eBoy … Continue reading Pictures from reusable pixel objects

Academic library and organization

Being in the UK for a few days has reminded me of how common the ‘merged service’ is in UK universities. This is where IT services, library, possibly management information services, and various other services may be combined in one unit. Of course, organizational boundaries and labels vary from institution to institution. In general I … Continue reading Academic library and organization

Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories …

Repositories and Web 2.0 discusses the relative merits of existing institutional repositories and putative network level shared repositories which provide more incentives for depositers. It continues an argument in favor of network level shared repositories that Andy Powell has been making for a while. Andy has made the presentation available on Slideshare, and Slideshare is … Continue reading Beyond actually existing Institutional Repositories …

Academic Evergreen

From a news item on the library website at Prince Edward Island University announcing the introduction of the Evergreen library system …. The only permanent change arising from this transition will be a positive one: a brand-new Library catalogue! We’ll be making lots of improvements to the catalogue search and display over the summer, and … Continue reading Academic Evergreen

Comparing social networking in the 19th and 21st centuries

I am at the SCONUL conference in Edinburgh this week and have been getting ready. I was looking at the National Library of Scotland’s website earlier today and was interested to see this notice: PhD candidates are eligible for the research post, which is being funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The … Continue reading Comparing social networking in the 19th and 21st centuries


Check out the labs page at the University of Michigan Library: MLibrary Labs is where the University of Michigan Library shows off some tools that are not quite ready for prime time. [UM Library: MLibrary Labs] There is some nice stuff here. I found this via [BLT] the Blog for Library Technology at umich. [BLT] … Continue reading Mlabs