VU Find – on authority control

June 30, 2008

Interesting article on authority control and VU Find includes a very good (and brief!) view of how authority control works, in general, plus detailed tweaking of VU Find to improve authority control.

June 25, 2008

From Code4Lib:

Columbia University Libraries has developed the Archival Collections Portal, a unified search system helping users discover archival resources in a streamlined way. We combined the power of Lucene and Solr to search XML, parse JSON objects, create EAD-compliant documents, and deliver results in an easy-to-use interface. By reusing MARC records and employing new search engine features and techniques, we are able to bring important and hard-to-find collections to researchers and archivists. The canonical home page of the Portal is

Take a look — seems pretty cool!

Radical Librarianship

May 2, 2008

Includes interesting essays such as Teaching the Radical Catalog, User-Centered Serials Cataloging, “Why Isn’t My Book on the Shelf?” and Other Mysteries of the Library (by yours truly), AACR2—Bendable but Not Flexible: Cataloging Zines at Barnard College, Dr. Strangecataloger: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tag, MARC: It’s Not Just for Cataloging Anymore, Control: A Case Study, Monographic Collections Structure and Layout Revisions: Or, How to Tweak LC Call Numbers for the Good of Your Users

Voyager tutorials as interactive game (sort of)

March 15, 2008

If you’ve not seen the tutorial from the Univ. of Auckland before, it is kind of an interesting (and different!) approach to teaching users about Voyager — very video gamesque, in as much as a tutorial probably can be. 😉

It’s not the most indepth, but looks to cover the basics.

Main table of contents, which also provides some story elements: