Looks like the Defense Against the Dark Arts chair is open again.
Is darth (I think it's darth?) still updating that doctored photo on Twitter? I should look.· LibSkrat
yep, yep, darth is: https://twitter.com/darth/status/1171457273786327041· LibSkrat 2
As long as the leadership and founders are holding firm, I'm tempted to call that center at MIT the Jeffrey Epstein Media Lab. There's more than one way the naming-things-for-donors tradition can work.
There's that "can we have a book rental service that isn't a library" tweet that lots of folks been dunking on, and a small number of librarians have responded to in more of a reference-interview "what are you looking for?" style. I haven't seen the original tweeter respond to any of those, but it made me a bit curious what the original poster might have in mind. Given that she asked for "a great and easy experience, but not a kindle reader", I'm assuming she wants easy access to print books, including those in high demand. Two non-routine ways of doing that, which I've seen different public libraries deal with in various ways, are home delivery and various forms of "express lane" borrowing policies for popular titles. I'm a bit curious to hear what people here think of those practices and how they might be best done (or not).
For local examples: our city's public library offers home delivery to people who can't easily get out of the house, based on application by phone interview. I don't think they offer it to anyone else. For popular best-sellers, some of our local libraries have things like shorter borrowing times, limited or no renewals, and/or limits on how many popular titles can be checked out at once. And a few suburban libraries also have copies of books that patrons can pay $1 to check out for a week.· John Mark Ockerbloom
I'm not sure about the modern part of it. That implies the person isn't that familiar with all the amenities a library has to offer, maybe. But I'm not sure that's what meant. My library does the thing were you can get books delivered to your closest branch. They have a large number of branches in the system, which makes that a nice service.· JiMaSoMA 1
This hotel in the Hague has amenities that may be of particular interest to LSW folks: https://twitter.com/SGriew/status/1135231024332464128
It's been a while since I've read a book that was going along fine until near the end, when a "wait, what?" moment not only throws me out of the story, but also puts what I've read so far in a worse light.
(The book in question: _The Lovely Bones_, which in its last 30 pages seems to shift from a view of the complex forms of grief into cheap wish fulfillment. Looking online, it seems that not all readers see it that way, but at the very least a notable minority did.)· John Mark Ockerbloom
Looks like December's LCSH updates remove all the reified relationships between "Sexual minorities" and specific minorities. (A bunch used to be related by BT/NT terms; now there's a human-readable note under "See also" mentioning examples, but no specific relationship for any of them in a machine-readable form.) Is anyone here familiar with the reasons for this change? (I'd like to keep such relationships in my browsing catalog, which makes rather heavy use of LCSH relationships, but realize there may be minefields here I'm unaware of.)
Hm. I'd ask Violet Fox or Netanel Ganin on Twitter. At a guess, they may be about to remove the Sexual minorities heading altogether?· LibSkrat
Thanks! I did ask Violet on Twitter (who noted the change and one rationale, but also expressed some puzzlement over it) via an @. I haven't received a reply, but she may well be busy at the moment like others at Midwinter. Maybe I'll try a query to Netanel or a broader audience if I don't hear anything in a while.· John Mark Ockerbloom
Hearing secondhand reports of multiple layoffs at DPLA, apparently with little warning. Anyone know more about what's going on?
I've had that persistent guitar riff from the start of "Jesus Christ Superstar" running through my head for much of today. (Admittedly, playing the 1970 album all the way through after Good Friday services has something to do with that, but it also stuck well before and after I did that.)
there is a lot of earworm in that show· LibSkrat 2
I only know this version. https://www.discogs.com/Various-Jesus-Christ-Superstar-A-Resurrection/master/1231584· Anna C. 1
I haven't heard the "Resurrection" recording; sounds like something I might want to check out. For now, I'm looking forward to the NBC production on Sunday. John Legend is a pleasure to hear, and while I wasn't sure anyone else could rival Carl Anderson's Judas for me, going with a singer who's been doing Aaron Burr in Hamilton sounds promising.· John Mark Ockerbloom
For whatever reason NBC hires better performers of color for these than white performers. (Part of it is that they chase after white celebrities who don't know shit about musicals and don't realize that they're a difficult art form.) I'm fairly confident this will be good.· LibSkrat 1
If you work with serials or structured metadata, or just are interested in them, I'd love to get your feedback on a data structure for serial copyright renewals I've started to use, before it gets too baked in to change. Details on the post I just made to my blog: https://everybodyslibraries.com/2017/12/11/adding-more-and-more-structured-information-about-public-domain-serials/
I don't usually have work-related dreams, but last night I dreamed of hearing of a book my mother had supposedly written poems for that was published in 1956, and of trying to track it down to see if it could be digitized. I "found" a copy just before I woke up. (No, it doesn't exist in Worldcat, but I did do a search after waking up just to be sure.)
Finding some problems processing the new LCSH SKOS bulk data file. Most annoyingly, any altLabel that *used* to be a prefLabel is now no longer in the file! (They've gone to a slightly different data structure for those, which they map to MADS but not to SKOS.) Fair warning to anyone else who tries to use the file-- those formerly preferred terms should very much still be shown as alternative-label cross-references, and they're also the most useful terms to check for flagging and fixing obsolete subject headings in one's catalog! (Now going off to rework my tools to use the MADS files instead of the SKOS files, grumble grumble...)
On further analysis, it looks like the MADS file is missing some authority records altogether (except for references from other records), but they didn't get dropped out of the SKOS file. So I'll have to process both files to get a mostly-complete set of data. Oh joy...· John Mark Ockerbloom
yeesh, that sounds annoying.· LibSkrat
Well, the Wikipedia library resources template I created a few years back survived yet another round of "Templates for discussion" [i.e. proposed deletion]. Still not fun to have to go through that process. One overzealous Wikipedian started taking it down from some prominent pages before the discussion finished, but most of the 2600+ instances seem to have survived.
I think I'll be a bit more aggressive about promoting and placing it in the future. (And also try to solicit and listen to suggestions and volunteers for making it better.)· John Mark Ockerbloom
revert revert revert!· LibSkrat
Yes, I reverted (politely) where I noticed. The frustrating thing is that the people most vocal about getting rid of it clearly didn't understand what it did. Which I admit is at least in part on me as designer. So I really wouldn't mind hearing from folks who aren't quite as close to it as I am.· John Mark Ockerbloom
While #WomenBoycottTwitter, I'm signing off that service today and checking out some other spaces. Is the LSW still active here? (Or are other techies or library folks about?)
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