SMART: Start Playing Instead of Failing

I wanted to go back to my last post on SMART or scoping metadata to be adaptive and reactive to technology. There are multiple ways to do this. For this post, I wanted to highlight the adaptive and reactive adjectives and explore their context here for SMART. The phrase "Fail fast, fail often" is not …

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Librarianship is a public service

Last weekend, I checked out the documentary film Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. It's a documentary by Frederick Wiseman that is close to 3 1/2 hours in length. It follows the work of many librarians at several branches of the New York Public Library. I have to say that one of my favorite …

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Catalog or Metadata Librarian

I recently attended the New England Technical Services librarians annual conference. This year, one of the breakout sessions was a panel of fairly new metadata librarians speaking about an informal interest group they created. They were part of a consortium of small liberal arts colleges. Not all who attended the group were metadata librarians as …

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