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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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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Multiple job titles

For the past three years, I've had 2 job titles. This is nothing out of the ordinary. Many of my colleagues where I work and elsewhere have more than one title. Some of these titles represent aspects of one job. Others are two or more jobs that have been assigned to that person. I wanted …

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It’s all about time

Do you know Sally Gore and her blog, "A Librarian by any other name"? Her blog is one of my favorites. Sometimes, it takes me a couple of weeks just to think about the different ideas that she addresses in her blog, which tend to be dense. Recently, she posted, "Taking Inventory". This is an …

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Understaffed : It’s not as bad as you think

I have written a number of posts on the disadvantages of being in an understaffed unit and/or library. Many of us work in understaffed and unfortunately underfunded libraries. So, many of us also know the difficulties faced with being a solo anything. In this post, I wanted to focus on the advantages of being a …

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Open Library

As you might have heard the relaunch of the Open Library is now complete. What does this mean? Well for starters, a really nice welcome page. Then, you can browse by author or subject. There is a pre-coordinated list to search from or you can do your own search. Basically these features and others are …

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NETSL’S Spring Conference

Just posted from NETSL, their spring meeting at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. NETSL's spring conference always has something for everyone. This year the focus is on looking towards the future and the relationship between cataloging and metadata. The program looks great so far. Mark your calendars for the NETSL Annual Spring Conference Program 2010: …

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