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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SMART

I recently attended ELUNA or the Ex Libris Users of North America conference. It was fantastic. I met so many great people and come back with many awesome ideas. One of those ideas concerns metadata. In one of the plenary sessions, there was a discussion on how to leverage data for better collection development and …

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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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The complexity of metadata

Since I graduated from my MS in information science, I have heard some pretty outrageous things about metadata. One of the worst ones was this sentence: "monkeys can do cataloging." The context for this remark was that anyone even a monkey could do cataloging. Frankly I didn't ask the speaker to elaborate that time because …

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Some things don’t change

My last post was on my return to technical services. I went the route of digital repositories and product/project management. It's been such a wild ride where I've learned so much and am bringing that experience back to TS and specifically cataloging and metadata. There is so much that has changed. Yet, there's one aspect …

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