Monthly Archives: January 2015
The article “What is metadata? A Christmas themed exploration” is a fun description of the very basic nature of metadata. Reading it creates an awareness of how innately we create, alter, and otherwise interact with metadata even unaware. Pictures, sms text, snapchats, tweets, status updates, all carry both seen and unseen metadata and are generated in legions every second. Using Christmas as a metaphor makes this article light and entertaining, but the concepts it highlights are only the tip of very substantive areas of consideration.
The OCLC look at “Libraries at Webscale” is very intriguing. The ease at which access can be scaled and provided across many communities and indeed countries makes it an undeniably attractive avenue for information dissemination in libraries. Providing access to resources at webscale increases user engagement and obtaining access to resources at webscale increases the ability of the institution to provide users with the information they are seeking. In terms of management the ability to operate many institutions through webscale is desirable to streamline efficiency and interoperability between multiple branches of an institution. I think the major thought to take away from this report is that whether we desire webscale or not, webscale is upon us and the requirements to efficiently utilize the scope and power of this highly connected nature of technology and environment.
The article “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention” provides some interesting insights into the nature of the catalog in the digital age. Several pieces in particular caught my attention. The environmental changes of community as content providers to the catalog and this information being integrated into metadata. While this metadata has not been widely used I believe integrating it at least as an ancillary measure for analyzing the catalog could be enriching for user engagement. I thought the concept of providing full access to the library meshed well with employing user generated descriptive data if user engagement is successful. Libraries in a digital rich world could benefit fiscally from transition into a digital hub of information providing access to digital materials and also enriching the local collection through user generated data.