Administrators vs. Technology

Somehow this post got lost in the drafts folder.  But since it’s an enduring topic, it’s still current. A friend has some advice for library administrators:  The Top Ten Things Library Administrators Should Know About Technology.  It’s not a new subject, but it’s a topic that is being discussed openly more and more.   One gets the impression administrators are actually beginning to realize computer technology is not only not going to stand still, it is moving on at a dizzying pace that demands attention. Now Roy Tennant is one of those icons in the library technology world who is Continue reading Administrators vs. Technology

Creating a Comparison Matrix

Charles Bailey has published a very helpful bibliography (Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography, v.1), from which the resources below were gleaned.  In addition, I have been adding resources to Mendeley, a research management tool: Digital Curation, Digital Library Best Practices & Guidelines, Digital Library Systems, and Metadata. Archival Management Software, A Report for the Council on Library and Information Resources, January, 2009 Wiki updates to Archival Management Software report to CLIR (above) Choosing a System for Managing Your Image Collection (from JISC), 2007 Collection Management and Creation Strategies for UC Special Collections and Archives, Summary and Features Matrix (pdf document, Continue reading Creating a Comparison Matrix

Comparing Digital Library Systems

I am currently evaluating options for implementing a digital library.  It’s an ongoing process. :o)  Since there are probably more proprietary systems out there, I’m hoping people will leave comments letting me know about them (same thing for open source).  I’ll post the charted results when I’m done (hopefully in the near future). There are several digital asset management systems for digital libraries. On the proprietary side (closed source) there are (this is not an exhaustive list): ContentDM (OCLC): software that handles the storage, management and delivery of library digital collections to the Web DigiTool (ExLibris) Archivalware (PTFS): a web-based, Continue reading Comparing Digital Library Systems

Code4Lib2010 Notes from Day 3

Keynote #2:  Paul Jones catfish, cthulhu, code, clouds and levenshtein cloud (what is the levenshtein distance between Cathy Marshall and Paul Jones?) Brains: create the code using certain assumptions about the recipient, which may or may not be accurate Brains map based on how they are used. (images showing difference in brain usage between users who are Internet Naive, and Internet Savvy: for Internet Naive, “reading text” image closely matches “Internet searching” image, but is very different for the Internet Savvy image) Robin Dunbar: anthropologist who studies apes & monkeys.  Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language (book).  Neocortex ratio Continue reading Code4Lib2010 Notes from Day 3

Code4Lib2010 Notes from Day 2, afternoon

A better advanced search http://searchworks.stanford.edu How to filter multiple similar titles by the same author, or multiple author instances (artist as author, as subject, as added author), or combine multiple facet values At start: no drop down boxes, only titled text boxes, based on above.  Keyword (& Item Description) 3rd on the list; “Subject Terms” instead of just “Subject” Dismax, & Solr local params:  local param syntax: _query_:{dismax qf …..} jQuery functions added to multi-facet search boxes; also added faceting to results (actionable facets) The search breadcrumbs got really complex. Drupal 7: A more powerful platform for building library applications Has a Continue reading Code4Lib2010 Notes from Day 2, afternoon