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Eric

IRLA show and tell

The Independent Research Libraries Association (IRLA) held a meeting for representatives from their member institutions at the Newberry today.  The final portion of their visit included a sort of show and tell with examples of recent acquisitions and projects from…

It goes something like this…

You might wonder why, five months into the project, I am now creating a post about the project workflow for the French Revolution Collection (FRC).  In part, I’m finally feeling caught up as the Project Cataloging Assistants are working rather…

More tools from the wiki…

Here are some more online resources from the wiki to help in the work of cataloging the pamphlets: Place names Noms des communes sur la révolution – A list of those places where names were changed during the revolution and…

Wiki-mania

Because the grant was structured in a way that we would be able to hire some students to work part time on the project, we needed to find a way to share information among the various Project Cataloging Assistants that…

About-ness, revisited

One method that is helping teach the concept of subject analysis is having the Project Cataloging Assistants assign subjects to their records using natural language.  This will allow me at first to add subject headings to some records during my…

Symposium, part II

The CLIR Hidden Collections Program Symposium was a successful experience — in terms of our presentation of the French pamphlet project, as well as what we were able to learn from the other participants and speakers.  It was gratifying to…

About-ness

A challenge for me personally will be training new Project Cataloging Assistants in the… art?… science?… of subject analysis.  Having a controlled vocabulary with which to describe the subject of an item is helpful, in that it potentially eliminates too…

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