Catalogue 2.0 published!

Catalogue 2.0 coverI still can’t quite believe it, but Catalogue 2.0: the future of the library catalogue has been published!  This book brings together the hard work of Anne ChristensenEmmanuelle BermèsMarshall BreedingKaren CalhounRosemie CallewaertLorcan DempseySilvia GstreinDriek HeesakkersTill KinstlerLukas Koster and me.

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Will MARC survive ELAG 2011?

European Library Automation Group (ELAG)
In two weeks time, the European Library Automation Group (ELAG) 2011 conference will be over.  After almost a year of planning and monthly conference calls, I can’t believe that it is almost here!

Hosted by the National Technical Library (Národní technická knihova) in Prague and with over 150 participants already registered, if it is anything like ELAG 2010, it will be an exciting event.  ELAG is an annual conference (this one is the 35th!) made up of pre-conference workshops, a series of presentations and the opportunity to take part in one of the ten workshops that run throughout the conference.

Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer will open the conference where he will talk about the concept of Blended Libraries, which interesting for a library technology conference, explores the information seeking processes in the physical library of the future.  As is to be expected, other key topics include linked data, cloud computing and the semantic web (including the Europeana Data Model for libraries).

I am most nervous about my own workshop asking whether MARC must die?  With 18 participants registered and a nice mixture of hard-core cataloguers and library software developers, I’m left wondering if I, or indeed MARC, will survive ELAG 2011?

We’d love you to join us (and there is still a few days left to register), but if you can’t you can always follow #elag2011 on Twitter.

National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic, Main Hall

National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic, Main Hall

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First-timers walk this way


New comers walk this way at IFLA 2010Being an IFLA conference virgin, I decided that the new-comers’ session would be an important session for me.   Moderated by Josche Ouwerkerk and Federica Marangio from IFLA Headquarters this was a lively session intended to offer ‘a brief and informal introduction to various aspects of the congress and to IFLA.’  We were welcomed to the session by Jennefer Nicholson IFLA’s Secretary General, who advised us not to worry, as even Ellen Tise, IFLA’s president was a first timer once! Jesús Lau, member of the IFLA’s Governing Board, told us about his ‘IFLA career’ which began by attending the IFLA conference as a student in 1987. His best advice whilst at the IFLA conference; ‘talk to 10 unknown librarians every day’!  A lively talk was given by Buhle Mbambo-Thata, a member of IFLA’s Professional Committee.  The most important skills that she has learned at IFLA conferences is to speak slowly.  This is especially important for IFLA’s simultaneous interpreters who translate the conference sessions into IFLA’s 7 working languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish).   Loida Garcia-Febo Secretary of the FAIFE (Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) Committee, rocked IFLA by moving from Abba to Aerosmith.  She turned her smart phone on the participants to tell us about the social networking activities that are happening at IFLA 2010. Participants can use Twitter, add their photos to Flickr and upload their films to YouTube.  If you do, don’t forget to use the #ifla2010 hash tag! There were many more stories shared during the session, including Chiara Consonni, winner of the IFLA LIS Student Paper Award 2010, Federica Marangio telling us about the IFLA New Professionals’ Special Interest Group and Danielle Mincio telling us about IFLA’s work with supporting colleagues in Haiti following the earthquake.  Librarian volunteers are needed in Haiti with a wide range of skills.  The session was rounded off with a Swedish lesson; we learnt the most important three words in the Swedish language: hej (hi), tack (thank you) and skål (cheers).  And being newcomers we were given a special ‘first timer’ ribbon to wear, which I will wear with confidence this year as I know that I will never be a first-timer again…

IFLA first timer ribbon

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Welcome to Göteborg: the city of the Volvo (and IFLA 2010)

Welcome to Götenborg: city of the VolvoThis morning I arrived into Gothenburg (Götenburg) to participate in my first IFLA conference.  Arriving at the airport after being welcomed by the official IFLA welcoming committee stationed at the airport, I was welcomed by Volvo!  Being a bad librarian, I hadn’t found out in advance that Gothenburg is the city of the Volvo. However, now I know!  The Volvo museum is open every day in July and August (take tram 5, 6 or 10 to Eketrägatan, Hisingen. Change to bus 32 towards Volvo Torslanda (via Arendal). Bus stop: Arendal Skans.)  I don’t know if I will have the chance to visit the museum, but thought that I would share this information, just in case you want to…

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Linked data and libraries

On 21st July, I attend the Linked data and libraries event organised by Talis at the British Library.  For those who weren’t able to attend, Talis have set up an almost like being there web page including videos and presentation slides of the event.  For those of you who are interested, you can see Bibliotheekmeisje in action talking about the Europeana Data Model, Europeana’s new cross-domain framework for collecting, connecting and enriching metadata.

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Preparing for IFLA


Whilst watching Episode 15 of This Week in Libraries Stuart Hamilton, Senior Policy Adviser at IFLA HQ, told that IFLA 2010 will be more social media orientated.  As I will be attending the IFLA conference for the first time next week, I thought that it was time for me to start blogging.

For those who can’t attend, you can follow the IFLA 2010 conference as it happens. Or if you are attending you can sign up to become an official IFLA 2010 blogger.

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