So far this weekend I’ve managed two interviews for my alma mater (which shall remain necessarily nameless), both rather good. The second featured a moment of “Wow, we both went to the same summer nerd camp, at the same campus, for the same class, about ten years apart.” Much hysterical “Oh my god, no way” laughter ensued. In the interviews, I try to give a sense of the college as I know it/knew it. Was it perfect? By no means, but it was a great place to grow and learn and to begin the process of figuring how just who the hell I am.
I’m still amazed nearly a decade after graduating how much of an influence those four years had on me and will continue to have on me. I do the kind of work I do because of that place, because of summers in the music library cataloging scores, semesters in the main library shelving, and time spent in Special Collections just being around the materials. My dedication to life-long learning comes from there (as hackneyed a phrase as it sometimes feels). My friends-turned-family… All of it.
I’m still feeling energized from that conversation. Let’s see if I can channel that into something productive…
Or, Incorporating RDA practices into WorldCat : a “discussion paper” - it seems like they have made up their minds already…
Pretty much. I like that we can add heading to AACR2 records, but there’s that great caveat of “if it is considered useful”. I have a feeling that we might see more headings added to AACR2 records than actual re-cataloging of anything.
I also have concerns about our ILS being able to handle this “RDA environment”, but that’s another story…
U. Delaware Is First ARL Library to Adopt WorldShare The University of Delaware Library is switching to the cloud-based OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Some 33 libraries have begun using OCLC WorldShare Management Services since its launch in July 2011 (as Web-scale Management Services; OCLC rebranded it in December 2011). Some 117 libraries worldwide have committed to using the service. However the University of Delaware Library is the first academic research library and the first member of the 126-library Association of Research Libraries(ARL) to implement WorldShare.
LOTR thoughts: I’d love to play around with Worldshare!!!
(via — The Digital Shift)
From the article:
“Said Pace, ‘Delaware had done a lot of their own development. One of the things that attracted them is when we said, ‘you can build the same kind of services; you can build even more.’ They have a real commitment to library cooperation and they see that if they can build things then other people will benefit. I think research libraries in particular feel a strong sense of responsibility in that area. They’ve felt it for cataloging; they’ve felt it for resource sharing; now they’re feeling it for app development.’”
I think this is a key point in how quickly WMS is going to be adopted by libraries. Right now I don’t get the sense that WMS is much out of development mode (from what little I’ve seen, conversations with those who have looked at WMS as an ILS etc.). I’m glad very glad that some libraries are going to go forward and work with OCLC to improve/create this product (much like Delaware nd others did with WCL and the Orbis Cascade Alliance did NRE). But until OCLC has something that is a little more “out of the box”, I think it will take a while for libraries that haven’t the time, funding, or expertise to be development partners to adopt this program.
So at least I waited an hour and a half after coming home from work before I logged back into my work computer via the VPN. That’s a reasonable choice on a Friday night, right? And it’s technically professional development stuff and not cataloging or documentation. So I’m totally fine on this, right?
I promise I will be a normal human being again when I’m on the same coast as my husband.
Oh, Gavin. I choose to remember you as you were, perpetually shirtless and with a phallic symbol for jewelry. What this crap is supposed to be, I don’t know, but it sounds like Blink 182’s auto-tuned Nirvana impression.
To quote “Everything Zen”: We’re so bored You’re to blame
"But unlike Shakespeare or Goethe, Dickens’s influence on classical music is less pronounced – at least on first glance.
Further scrutiny shows some often surprising intersections between the music of Dickens’s time and his writing, with its sweeping plots, colorful characters and mellifluous prose (tune in to 105.9 FM and WQXR.org for Dickens-themed selections all day Tuesday). Dickens himself made extensive use of music to illustrate character and create situations. ‘From an historical point of view these references are of utmost importance,’ writes James T. Lightwood in his book Charles Dickens and Music, ‘for they reflect to a nicety the general condition of ordinary musical life in England during the middle of the last century.’”