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Readings for the RDA Workshop

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 10, 2011 - 12:01pm

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Are you registered for the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future? I'm here to nag you about doing your homework.

As with all ALA TechSource Workshops, we've asked our presenters to select a set of readings for participants. The common foundation will support a focused discussion. If you're not able to attend the Workshop, but want to learn a bit about RDA, read along with us. Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle, and Diane Hillmann suggested the following readings: Read More »


Karen Coyle's Library Technology Report wins ALCTS Award!

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on March 25, 2011 - 11:29am

Free webinar: Building Community: from distribution to engagement

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on October 29, 2010 - 4:38pm

ALA TechSource invites you to our upcoming free webinar, hosted by WebJunction, “Building Community: from distribution to enagagement,” on November 16, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST. Chrystie Hill of WebJunction will moderate a discussion with presentations by Helene Blowers and Nancy Dowd.

With the heightening competition among e-reader manufacturers and ebook retailers has come reasonable concern and alarm from publishers, booksellers, and librarians. The distribution chain.

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ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on September 23, 2010 - 9:01am

New Library Technology Report on Measuring Electronic Resource Use

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on August 25, 2010 - 12:02pm

In the August/September issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 46; no. 6), Rachel Fleming-May and Jill Grogg cover state of the art of electronic resources use measurement, offering guidance on presenting clear and meaningful measurement in research, assessment, and standards creation.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Assessing Use and Usage
  • Standards, Tools, and Other Products
  • Improving Understanding of Electronic Resources Usage
  • Practitioner Responses on the Collection and Use of Usage Statistics

An excerpt follows. Read More »


Conference View from #2605

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on June 30, 2010 - 9:49am

ALA’s sprawling conference leaves librarians dashing between hotels and meeting rooms, but I mostly stayed in one place--the ALA Publishing booth.  I let the conference come to me. My colleagues and I were there to tell people about the RDA Toolkit, Guide to Reference and of course, ALA TechSource.

ALA Editions editors used a small table for meetings with authors. The RDA Toolkit had launched only a few days before the conference, and visitors came in a steady flow. Most were familiar with RDA and had a few specific questions about functions. On the last day, folks came to gawk at the heft of the print version. Not to brag, but I’m familiar enough with any of those products to give a serviceable demo. While working on the RDA project and its RDA Vocabularies component, I learned about the
NSDL Registry managed by Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps. Karen Coyle consulted on the project and has written a two-issue series of Library Technology Reports explaining the semantic web and how the RDA Vocabularies might be deployed with its technologies (by the way,you can get that two-issue set at 50% off at the ALA Store). Read More »


New LTR eBook Part of ALA Editions eEditions Initiative

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 21, 2010 - 1:29pm

April's issue of Library Technology Reports, Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library, by Jason Griffey is available as an ebook bundle in the ALA Store. Typically, single-copy purchasers have a choice between buying print (available in the ALA Store) or, for an ebook, a PDF version from our MetaPress site. As we prepared for Griffey's webinar, we realized that it would be a fitting, if not an expectation, for the issue to be viewable on a gadget.
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Implementing RDA: Call for the Alpha Geeks of Library Metadata

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on July 8, 2009 - 3:32pm

"Forget Silicon Valley," writes publisher Tim O'Reilly in a Forbes.com article:

It turns out that many of the great waves of creative destruction that have reinvented Silicon Valley didn't start there. More important, they didn't even start with the profit motive. Rather, they started with interesting problems and people who wanted to solve them, exercising technology to its fullest because exploring new ideas was fun. I call these people "alpha geeks." They are smart enough to make technology do what they want rather than what its originator expected.

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Breeding on OCLC library automation strategy

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on May 12, 2009 - 4:35pm

This post is extracted from an article written by Marshall Breeding in the May 2009 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Marshall Breeding writes that OCLC's announcement of its new library automation services "stands as a large milestone in the evolution of library automation."  Here is an early view of his June Smart Libraries Newsletter article. Read More »


Work on the RDA data model

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on January 20, 2009 - 10:38am

While munching on a sandwich, I asked Jon Phipps some questions about the Metadata Registry, while Diane Hillmann, Karen Coyle, and Nannette Naught (colored pencils in hand) pored over RDA's Entity Relationship (ER) diagram on 3 x 4 foot sheets. During my first week of the new year, I spent a couple days observing discussions on RDA as a data model.

ALA Publishing is working with Metadata Management Associates and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Metadata Registry project in the development of the software for RDA. The Metadata Registry has already developed key modules of software that ALA will need and has more in the works. With element lists and vocabularies for the new standard likely to change, the Metadata Registry can create a central, stable space for maintenance. The software can also generate schemas, which will be available for free download from the RDA website. Read More »