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Paper – Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?

Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?. Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK).

“The Cardiff University repository team is currently part of a wider research support team that includes Open Access funding and advocacy, research analytics, and the recently-established Cardiff University Press. The team consist of librarians and library staff who come from a wide variety of backgrounds: while the Repository Manager does come from a cataloguing background, the other team members originally worked as library and IT assistants or as library service managers, while several of us have subject librarian experience. Certainly, at Cardiff, we have found that the institutional repository role has widened out from a branch of cataloguing and metadata to one that involves more advocacy, training and direct customer interaction. One thing all of us have in common though is that we enjoy the detailed work involved in creating a perfect metadata record, while a subject specialist background is also useful as you get to know the subject resources and the researchers well, so will have some idea where to find elusive information to create or edit that perfect record..”

Paper – Metadata for research data discovery and management

Metadata for research data discovery and management, Lizz Jennings, Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “Requirements for sharing research data have increased in recent years, partly in response to the open science agenda and partly as a means to make better use of… Continue Reading

Institute of Museum and Library Services Funding Report by State FY 2011 – 2016

“This compilation of IMLS funding reports for all states and the District of Columbia includes detailed information, maps and charts about IMLS museum and library awards from FY 2011 to FY 2016. This is a nationwide file containing reports of all states. You may also find individual states’ IMLS funding report files on our website:… Continue Reading

Sideways Dictionary makes tech jargon more accessible

Engadget – ‘Sideways Dictionary’ simplifies tech jargon for the masses The Google/Washington Post venture uses analogies to explain “DDoS,” “cookie” and other terms. If you ever get confused about tech jargon (or want to clear up said confusion), a new tool from Google’s Jigsaw incubator and the Washington Post may help. The “Sideways Dictionary” uses… Continue Reading

WH Historical Assoc. Leverages Amazon Web Services to Expand Digitization of Historical Assets

News release: “The White House Historical Association [a private, non-profit organization founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy]…announced [on June 21, 2017] a new innovative and strategic use of Amazon Web Services (AWS), expanding the Association’s digital archive and making educational materials more accessible to the public through the power of the AWS Cloud. … Continue Reading

New Career Development Resource Guide Published by the ALA Office for HR Dev

“The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels —new graduates, mid- or senior-level career— in their job search and career journeys. The Guide has a wealth of information. It includes… Continue Reading

International Tribunals Web Archive Launched

“International tribunals have been around for some time, but the creation of international courts and tribunals to deal with international crimes is a relatively recent occurrence, with the first international criminal tribunal established just after World War II. The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law defines “international courts and tribunals” as ”permanent judicial bodies made up of independent… Continue Reading

Millennials are most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation. “A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the… Continue Reading

Librarian highlights open access document discovery services

Getting serious about open access discovery — Is open access getting too big to ignore? – “…Still for whatever reason, suddenly services built around helping users find free full text began to emerge all at the same time..” Continue Reading

NYT – The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries

David Laskin – “Why go to the library in Italy when all around you there is fantastic art, exalted architecture, deep history, and intensely passionate people? Because, as I discovered in the course of a rushed but illuminating week dashing from Venice to Rome, Florence, and Milan, the country’s historic libraries contain all of those… Continue Reading

Google has thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI

“Google has had thousands of bird sounds visualized using AI. Background. “Bird sounds vary widely. This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of bird sounds. The computer wasn’t given tags or the birds’ names – only the audio. Using a technique called t-SNE, the computer created this map, where similar sounds are placed closer… Continue Reading

LIBER and OCLC Research Launch Collaborative Information Management Study

“LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and OCLC Research are launching a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures. The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions. It will provide university and research library leaders with useful… Continue Reading