4M: Cataloging unchained

Posted by laura on March 4, 2013 under Admin | Be the First to Comment

Time again for the Monday metadata movie. No muffins this week. Gluten sensitivity has put the breaks on that.

This one made me chuckle.  Well played Roy Tennant, well played.

Cataloging Unchained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQRHNdw2_yw

Return to work

Posted by laura on May 11, 2012 under Admin | Be the First to Comment

Milagros Valdes, my beautiful wife of 11 years, lost her battle with a rare and vicious form of breast cancer on April 15, 2012.  I want to thank all of my colleagues at Caltech for their understanding and support during this most difficult time.  I really do have the best job and coworkers imaginable.  I also want to thank my professional friends who sent so many kind messages and care packages.  Your support helped me and my family enormously. I surely could not have coped without my community.   Many hugs are coming your way next time we see one another at meetings/conferences.  I am deeply humble and grateful.

Moderation mea culpa

Posted by laura on April 6, 2011 under Admin | Be the First to Comment

Humble apologies are in order.  I haven’t been moderating comments in a timely manner.  I was attending the CNI spring meeting and I didn’t take my usual laptop.  I confess I don’t have all of my passwords committed to memory (does anybody?).  They’re encrypted in a password manager on my usual machine.  So I wasn’t able to log into this blog to approve the thoughtful commentary on my last post.  Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.  I’ll be sure to memorize that password before my next bout of business travel.   My sincere thanks to those who commented.

Managing metadata

Posted by laura on February 11, 2010 under Admin | Be the First to Comment

I’ve bitten the bullet and returned to blogging after a year’s hiatus.  The standard disclaimer applies. My views are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer, either at the library or campus level.

I intend to discuss  the larger context of  metadata within the  academic library universe.  Academic libraries traditionally  do  their own thing when it comes to managing metadata and access and retrieval systems for library materials.  The traditional way is unsustainable in the current economic and technological climate.  Materials and systems become ever more expensive.  Web technologies make it possible for library users to find materials from the full universe of available titles.  Librarians have to find ways to rationalize labor and expense in order to optimize use of library collections.

It is a time of rapid transition.  I don’t have a clear idea of how this blog will evolve. I intend to use it to throw around the ideas that emerge half-baked from my head.