How similar are libraries, museums and archives?

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?

The Age of Misc

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

Should libraries abandon MARC, reconceptualise RDA and FRBR, and adopt RDF?

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?