For those of us who gave in and went to the “dark side” of publishing, i.e. e-readers, finding digital books that you can loan or borrow beyond the minimalistic approach Kindle offers has long been a dream. This is why when I read about Oyster, I literally thought I heard angels sing. Okay, maybe just one.
What exactly is a virtual repository of metadata? The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched with a set of linked, accessible, digital materials from libraries, archives, and museums around the country. Their tag line is “A Wealth of Knowledge.”
One of our goals in creating taxonomies and thesauri is to express the concepts in natural language. Natural language means that you have written it the way somebody would say it. We don’t invert it.
With the future word inclusion policies of the Oxford English Dictionary unclear, various professionals were invited to attend a one-day international symposium. Stefan Dollinger, a lexicographer at the University of British Columbia, was one of the invited. Dollinger, one of two Canadians on the list, believes it is time the historic dictionary considers including English words […]
In the 19th century, the study of the nature of knowledge came to be known as epistemology. The term was introduced by Scottish metaphysic James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864). Epistemological writers explored how knowledge relates to connected notions, such as belief and truth. They also considered the means of production of knowledge. And to a large extent, they embraced skepticism. a mode of thinking that required information to be well supported by evidence before it could be accepted as fact, i.e., knowledge.
The Digital Public Library of America launched a new website last week and become an independent nonprofit with the goal of pulling together vast resources for the public. A new platform will aggregate digital resources from libraries and museums across the United States. This library platform will not host any resources, but will provide open access to metadata about them. This information was found on Government Technology in their article, “Digital Public Library of America Opens Access to Resources.”
Social media has gone to college. College libraries, that is. Reaching beyond the relationship status updates on Facebook, Harvard libraries set up Twitter feeds to broadcast the titles of books being checked out from campus libraries. Readers can return books to the “Awesome Box,” creating a data trail about what they consider great. “Awesomed” selections are then publicized via Twitter.
The U.S. Supreme Court has supported consumer rights and libraries in the high-profile Kirtsaeng v. Wiley & Sons, Inc. case by ruling that goods lawfully made overseas are protected by the first sale doctrine. This particular case focused on whether Americans and businesses had the right to sell, lend, or give away the things they own that were made overseas.
The 2013 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Leadership Summit is scheduled for February 6-9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Plan today to join SLA unit leaders, the SLA Board of Directors and headquarters staff at this exciting event.
One blogger lifts up the opportunities for college students to benefit from both the fields of Library Science and Information Studies and Archives and Special Collections. These classes, which are often cross-listed with classes in English and History departments, proliferate in library and information schools, but they have not resulted in many joint degrees that coordinate studies in the humanities with the information fields.