As Glushko writes, the GLAM sector shares many commonalities in terms of both purposes and aims, type of resources collected and ways of organising them (Glushko, 2013). However, I think these similarities are often overstated and you can often look at other organisations and institutions outside of the sector who share these, whilst there is … Continue reading How similar are libraries, museums and archives?
Both the library world and the academic world is dominated by taxonomies. These systems of classification often rest on defined hierarchies of categories. Carl Linnaeus’ 18th century taxonomy of living things is still a fundamental part of biological science. The Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress classification schemes, still dictate how we arrange … Continue reading The Taxing Nature of Taxonomies
Traditionally, organising has been seen as a human activity and retrieval as a machine activity (Glushko, 2013). Elaine Svenonius however recognised that automatic text processing and indexing (part of the information retrieval field) had come to either complement or make up for bibliographic description and cataloguing. Svenonius proposed that retrieving information and organising it are … Continue reading The Age of Misc
Libraries are one of the oldest ways of organising information. All of the great ancient empires had (and venerated) their libraries. From Mesopotamia to Egypt to Greece and Rome. For the vast majority of their history, libraries have organised information that is manifested in physical objects like books, and then later journal articles and microfiche, … Continue reading Should libraries abandon MARC, reconceptualise RDA and FRBR, and adopt RDF?
This is a piece of work I put together for my MA in Library and Information Services Management course from November 2017. It is an annotated bibliography aimed at subject librarians taking on roles with arts and humanities faculties. It probably focuses more on humanities than arts to be honest. Al-Shboul, M. K., & … Continue reading An Introduction to the Information Behaviour of Arts and Humanities Students and Researchers for new Subject Librarians. An Annotated Bibliography.
I took a different tube today. It was a slightly earlier one than I normally get. Jubilee Line. It was 8.30am when I got on at West Ham and packed: prime time for those Essex commuters to be getting into for work at Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Waterloo. Apart from being slightly more crushed … Continue reading Tube Ruminations
We recently had to analyse online information literacy tutorials according to Olof Sundin's typology of approaches: source based, behavioural, process, and communication based. I chose Who's Art Nouveau? by the Leonard Lief Library and Lehman College Art Department at CUNY. This instruction comic fell very much into the process category, but shared elements of the … Continue reading Who’s Art Nouveau?