Archive for December, 2008

The library blogosphere is reacting with shock [1, 2], anger [3], and disappointment [4, 5, 6, 7] at the news that LC has asked (as in “ordered”) Ed Summers to take down his wonderful experimental LCSH.info service. It’s not entirely clear why they did this, and Ed has been carefully circumspect about the reasons. LCSH.info [...]

By Diane Hillmann, December 23, 2008, 5:26 pm (UTC-5)

As I mentioned in my first blog post, I’ve been doing a regular column for Technicalities, entitled “View from a Parallel Universe” for the past couple of years. It’s been useful, and I’ve enjoyed it, but clearly the kinds of things I like to talk about need, um, a less leisurely publication schedule (I just [...]

By Diane Hillmann, December 23, 2008, 12:20 pm (UTC-5)

Maybe it’s just me, but I like to be able to look at data “in the raw,” without some developer deciding for me what I’m allowed to see, and how I’m allowed to see it. There was an old story I used to tell about visiting a vendor booth at ALA Exhibits some years ago, [...]

By Diane Hillmann, December 13, 2008, 10:44 am (UTC-5)

Yesterday I did a long program for NELINET, entitled “Trepidation or Anticipation?: The Future of Cataloging and Catalogers.” This topic has been a theme of mine for some time, and I’d been invited to do this program after doing a similar, though shorter, one at the Massachusetts Library Association in the spring. The response to [...]

By Diane Hillmann, December 6, 2008, 8:28 pm (UTC-5)