Title: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums Part 1: Site Reviews Authors: Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research and Cyndi Shein, Getty Research Institute Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time [...]
We’ve been very quietly hoping that OCLC and OCLC Research would develop something like what you’re going to read about and it’s finally here as an experimental app. From an OCLC Developers Network Blog Post: The WorldCat Identities Network app lets you explore the interconnectivity and relationships between WorldCat Identities. Here’s the official announcement. If [...]
Title: “Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference” Authors: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., OCLC Senior Research Scientist, and Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey The purpose of this new publication,” Connaway said, “is to showcase several years’ and several hundred pages’ worth [...]
OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK to Survey Special Collections and Archives in Research Libraries Within the UK and Ireland"
From an OCLC Announcement: OCLC Research and Research Libraries UK are working together on a project to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland. The project is similar to a project conducted by OCLC Research in 2009 that gathered data on special collections in the United States and Canada. [...]
New Report from OCLC Research and RIN: "Supporting Research: Environments, Administration and Libraries"
From an OCLC Research Announcement: This report synthesizes the results of two parallel studies of research support services in US and UK universities that OCLC Research and the UK’s Research Information Network undertook last year. The following findings from the joint studies are highlighted in the report: Universities face a diversity of needs and transnational [...]
In this ten-minute video, OCLC Research program officer Jackie Dooley discusses her plans and aspirations as the upcoming Vice President/President-elect of the Society of American Archivists. OCLC Research staff Merrilee Proffitt, Jen Schaffner and Ricky Erway also participated in the discussion. The video was directed by Dennis Massie. Direct to Video (via YouTube) See Also: [...]
eBooks: Almost 4 Million Editions From Open Library Now Include OCLC Numbers and Direct Access to WorldCat Bibliographic Records
The Open Library collection of (and free to access) book info including many free full-text eBooks has just added the OCLC number and a direct link to the WorldCat bibliographic record for more than four million editions in their collection. The The four million number comes from many titles in the Open Library having multiple [...]
New Report from OCLC Research: "Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections"
Title: “Rapid Capture: Faster Throughput in Digitization of Special Collections” Author: Ricky Erway, Senior Program Officer OCLC Research From OCLC Research: This report provides examples of how to simplify and streamline digital capture of non-book collections. Nine case studies illustrate processes and procedures institutions have adopted to speed up digitization of special collections. The intent [...]
If you’re not a developer (like us) it’s always interesting learn about what those with coding skills have created at mashathons/hackathons. You can read about what was developed at these events and and in some cases see that mashups in action. Now and then live demos are available and/or you can contact the developer(s) to [...]