Thursday, January 05, 2006

Question Negotiation and the Technological Environment

This article shows how question negotiation is performed in reference service as technology is developed. We can compare this to traditional way.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Copyright in the Digital Library

This is part of the University of Texas' Crash Course in Copyright. Click on link below.

Intellectual Property Primer

The first 7 pages focus on copyright. (The rest of the primer focuses on patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. ) The author does a good job explaining the originality requirement and the fact that EXPRESSIONS (vs. ideas, facts, processes, and discoveries) are protected. Also briefly discusses the debate regarding copyrighting compilations of facts -- i.e. databases. Click on link below.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Meeting with Dr. Bateman

Dr. Bateman is willing to meet with us on Jan. 14, 2006. She will be discussing 551, Organization of Information.

Monday, December 12, 2005

As We May Think
Bush, Vannevar (1945) "As we May Think" Atlantic Monthly
Repreinted IN: 1999 Library Computing 18(3): 180-188.

Friday, December 09, 2005

I will bring this article for everyone, the next time we meet; I read it in my 551 course.
"Towards a Code of Ethics for Cataloging" by Sheila Bair
Technical Services Quarterly, Vol. 23(1) 2005

Monday, December 05, 2005

551/ Organization Questions

551 Final Questions Fall 2005
This was a "take-home" exam from Dr. Bateman.

1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of using the MARC record to organize documents. Discuss when MARC is appropriate and when it is not (in the context of a library). Give an example of a set of "documents" that you would not organize by using MARC and AACR2 and discuss breifly what your organization method would be for this collection.

2. Outline the process of descriptive cataloging (you do not have to catalog anything, just give a general overview of the process). Include the concepts of ISBD, AACR2, Name authority control, controlled vocabulary and classification in your answer (yes I know that controlled vocabulary and classification are not part of descriptive cataloging, but include them as part of the cataloging process)

3. Controlled vocabulary is expensive to develop and maintain and many of our patrons do not know that it exists or how to use it. Discuss the difference between using full text (I had keyword here before, but full text searching is what you should use in your comparison) and using controlled vocabulary and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

International Children's Digital Library

This digital library was created by the Univ. of Maryland and the Internet Archive. They've tried to develop its contents and search methods in a children's point of view.

A Risky Gamble with Google

I received this article through the IFACTION listserv. This article is from Chronicle of Higher Education and dealing with facts related to the Google Print project.
The below is a part of the article.

I have to confess, I am thrilled and dazzled by the potential of such a machine and the research and distribution opportunities it presents. I sincerely wish every Internet user had access to a full-text search of every book in the Google libraries.
But, as we all know, we should be careful what we wish for. This particular project, I fear, opens up more problems than it solves. It will certainly fail to live up to its utopian promise. And it dangerously elevates Google's role and responsibility as the steward — with no accountability — of our information ecosystem. That's why I, an avowed open-source, open-access advocate, have serious reservations about it.
It pains me to declare this: Google's Library Project is a risky deal for libraries, researchers, academics, and the public in general. However, it's actually not a bad deal for publishers and authors, despite their protestations.