The last post!

Well LS566 it’s been a fantastical class – there was so much personality in this group!

Hopefully I’ll be able to see the non-graduating types elsewhere in the program and hopefully the graduating types out in the professional world.

And now, I’m tempted to begin a social media hiatus after this flurry of activity!


An unusually appropriate confluence

The above article hits a lot of areas that I’m either personally interested in or professionally involved with.

Music history, digital preservation, and metadata.

I really love the joking inclusion of a marked up sheet of the Erinnerung by Schumann as a sort of prehistoric metadata. It reminds me of music history class were we discussed the great contributions that Beethoven’s writings on his sheet music provide us. Although these are not always intentional, like the furiously renamed 3rd Symphony. The original name, honoring Napoleon, was scribbled out so furiously it almost ripped the page. Great stuff, not traditional metadata though, I suppose.

I’ll have to remember to keep a close eye on this project as it develops.

Look at her, head all in the clouds

The above article was really interesting. Especially considering that I’m considering using could storage as part of my digital preservation solution for our collection of (soon to be all) digitized newspapers.

One thing in particular that shot a wave of fear through me was the mention of the leveling of of the rate of platter density and thus the rapid reduction in price of storage. Lucky that our collection is small and the growth is expected to be very slow, but this limits the extent to which is very attractive solution to storage could scale to large projects at later dates.


Well this concludes my groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed series on metadata. I really like iterating over the elements in this way, I think it solidified my thoughts on the process. Certainly, it was a time of reflection to say the least. In fact, the pysch major in me is wondering if this has or could produce any cognitive benefit, but I digress the more strict input/output areas were always my strongest area.

In any case, it was fun to “put it out there!”

Several of my coursemates have posted blogs about the creation of their indexing guidelines, such as this one.

I elected not to do this for several reasons, the main one being that my guideline was more straightforward than most, but also it was due to the fact that I tend towards perfectionism in most things. Due to this personality feature, I tend not to like anyone seeing my works in progress. I have been trying to fight that somewhat with my blog posts since they are supposed to be relatively informal and it’s been interesting for sure. For one thing I usually don’t have a such a high net forward cursor movement! I tend to erase more than I write somehow with most things.

So it’s been an interesting stretch to let this blog output flow more naturally.

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My coursemate recently made a post concerning mentioned the vast amount of data that we have generated for this class and that not everyone can read everything.

We certainly have generated a bunch of output: well over a thousand blog posts and comments in just a few months. If you have a subscribed yourself to some professional library email listservs, you’ve no doubt noticed a similar thing in the professional world. Code4lib sends me about 12 emails on a light day, they don’t all get my attention! So I think this has been great practice on quickly evaluating relevant data.

Are you experienced?

My coursmate recently posted to their blog about what to include on your resume. Which is interesting if you consider that your resume is nothing but metadata about yourself.

Specifically the question was concerning if you put course experience on your resume and the answer that I have found gives me the most success is yes. Well, yes with the caveat that you have to sell it in your cover letter. If you can defend the work that you did in a course and talk about the material in an intelligent way I believe that potential employers will respond. Will it give you the edge over someone who has a few years of job the job experience? To quote The Wolf of Wall Street: Absolutely not. It’s hard to win over those people, but what it does do is give you an advantage over your peers who have a similar experience level as you, it’s an easy way to appear more interested and dedicated to your own development, which is a must-have to stay relevant in this or any field.

Catalog records as data

This was an interesting article for me as the author and I seem to be separated sharply by a generational gap.

Particularly the statement that “cataloging records are not data” was really bizarre for me to hear. It doesn’t make sense from a computer science prospective to say the least – of course they are data! I think the problem is that we do not seem to have to tech that plays well with the MARC format and while I fully support the transition to a widely adopted format for better interoperability, there is no hard and fast reason that this makes the technology handle these values by their own special laws.


The description element for the DePol collection was, topographically, almost the exact same as the one for the Football collection; however, in practice it was a very different experience in indexing.

I think what lead to this the most was the fact that the DePol collection items were “whole” in a way that the football images where not. Or in other words, the camera lies. The DePol images have an intellectual intent to their form, they are meant to be the way that they are. This is not to detract from photography, which is as true an art as anything, but the sports images are snapshots, literally and figuratively, of a continuous event. So the determining the context of the football images was more challenging, to say the least.

Wherefore art thou Romeo!

My coursemate recently blogged a post mentioning the Tremendous work: The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization to which I was first exposed to by our very own Dr. MacCall in the very first library that I attended.

Part of the post was intriguing to me because it mentioned what surely is simultaneously the best and worst movie to have ever been greenlit: Romeo + Juliet. Particularly if that constituted it’s own work and invited peers to provide thoughts.

In the case of this particular movie, despite it’s appearances, has much the dialog preserved from the original version. In it’s own way, it’s more close to the original work than many adaptations that conform to the time period most closely. Also, to me it is clear that this work is a direct derivative of the Shakespearean original.

In this same vein West Side Story is influenced, heavily influenced, by the same play, but I think that in this case it has enough of it’s own character, for lack of a more technical term, in away that the above movie does not. It brings something new, artistically, to the table.