Play nice and share

A life philosophy? Sure, sure. Contrawise, I want to see if anyone else is using Google Documents. If not, is anyone interested in trying it out? I’d like to play around with Google Doc’s shared document feature. If you’re interested, email me.

Ebook training today. W00t! It’s quite similar to electronic resource cataloging, with some added fussiness about edition and format. Incidentally, I’ve been meaning to create a catalog record for my blog. It’d be a great way to brush up on my RDF.

Book Descriptions

Feeling too lazy to swing a rough translation of a book I was cataloging, I looked the book up in amazon.fr and had Google translate the description. The results are below but what does it mean?

The left is capilotade and rebuilding is valid. Some want the press center, others on the left antilibĂ©rale. But it apparently does not wish to become adult as it refuses a real Thursday dialectic between his ethics conviction and his ethics of responsibility. It should therefore be left as a lover of freedom that the liberal left and as drastic as the far left. This is not a pipe dream, because she really existed: it is the libertarian left…

Huh. I think the publisher tried to get cute when writing the back cover blurb, using jargon and colloquial phrases, which resulted in this truly bizarre translation.

Dear Publishers,

In the future, please have the courtesy to include title descriptions that are clear, concise and written with unambiguous language. Oh, and for heaven’s sake, obtain a unique ISBN with each new edition of a work!

Love, hugs, etc.,
Jenny

Brownies to the first person who comes up with two suitable LC subject headings for the description above.

LC and Flickr Team Up

I read over on the LC blog that the Library of Congress launched a pilot project recently with Flickr. LC uploaded over 3,000 photos (all out of copyright) to a Flickr account in hopes of learning something from how users tag photos. LC wishes to capitalize on the social tagging in Flickr in order enhance LC’s metadata. Flickr is using this collaboration to launch their new project, The Commons, and to gauge demand from other museums or libraries for similar partnerships. See? Libraries CAN play nice with social websites.

Undoubtedly, LC isn’t the first library to use Flickr to house a photo collection but there isn’t a higher-profile library than the LC in North America. This will get noticed. I’m glad to see the LC taking a more aggressive user-centered approach to metadata creation.

I LOVE the 1930s-40s color collection (seriously, LC, did you post this collection just for me? Gush.) There were tons of photos of women working on war birds (a fascination of mine, women and their contributions to WWII- especially on the air front), but this was the only photo I found of a black woman doing so. Click on the photo for a high resolution image; you can see her chipped, red nail polish in the reflection. Love.

Property Rights and Pony Cars

I wonder what North American Aviation’s initial reaction was to Ford Motor Company’s lawyers in the 1960s, when Ford wanted to lift the name from NAA’s P-51 Mustang, arguably one of the most recognizable WWII war birds. I suppose I already know the answer. Too bad Ford isn’t as understanding when it comes to car owners using images of their cars.

Ford Mustang enthusiasts, the Black Mustang Club (BMC), were prevented from printing and selling a calendar featuring photographs of members’ cars via CafePress. According to a post at the BMC forum, their “use of Ford’s trademarks, including images of their vehicles, infringes upon their intellectual property rights.” Images of the vehicles- images that are the property of the owner of the vehicle- constitutes a rights violation? Blink. OK, trademarks are one thing, but publishing images of any Ford vehicle is a rights infringement? Absurdity of this statement aside, why on earth would Ford want to ostracize a group that pours tons of money into their product and, through the club’s activities, further advertises the Ford brand? My family members are all Jeep enthusiasts. I’ve experienced firsthand (Camp Jeep, Viriginia, 2000, 2003) how hard-core a group of people can be about their cars. What has impressed me thus far with DaimlerChrysler is the extent to which the company invests in promoting ‘Jeep culture.’ This move by Ford really surprised me. The BMC photos were going to be used to celebrate the Ford brand, not trash it.

Perhaps Ford had a problem with an organization making money by selling a product featuring their intellectual property. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Ford has a problem with owners photographing their cars but these enthusiasts should be wary of posting pictures on their personal web pages- sell these images and trouble is sure to come. Never mind that the returns on the Black Mustang Club calendars would have probably funded BMC’s organization operation and events, which would’ve further promoted Ford cars. I guess it’s not really Ford’s response that surprises me, it’s to whom the response was directed. This is not the group to nail for rights infringement (what about photos submitted to tabloids and magazines?). Apparently, Ford doesn’t need 9,000+ die-hard pony car enthusiasts. Wow, sorry kids but hey, I’ve heard those ’08 Dodge Challengers come in black…

32nd and Final Thing

The final IUL2.0 post!

This post’s soundtrack, “It’s Over,” is brought to you by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Overall, I enjoyed the program because seriously, how often does your boss ask you to blog OTC? I had the opportunity to play with things I’ve never bothered with before and I had fun working with my colleagues. There were some technical snags with a few of the assignments, perhaps because this was a borrowed program.

I thought I’d wrap up this post by citing how the IUL2.0 project impacted me:

  1. Blogs. “Finally!” the world says, “She can type out all of her rantings instead of running her mouth at me!”
  2. RSS Readers. What did I do before Bloglines? Oh right, waste TONS of time. Now I can learn an instrument and start that band…
  3. Social Web. OK, so the project hasn’t turned me into an extrovert (would a true extrovert enjoy socializing on a computer anyway??) but I have come to appreciate the usefulness of social networking sites for those who enjoy interacting with others of the species.
  4. Google Docs. No more emailing myself these silly grocery and music-to-get notes. Oh, and when I’m traveling the world and the greatest novel in the English language comes pouring out of me, I will sing Google’s praises whilst happily tapping away at a keyboard. Those internet cafes are going to love me and my pretty, pretty money.

For those who may be reading, thanks- especially if you comment. Comments are love. Love makes me happy.

NetLibrary

OK, the last topic for IUL2.0! Anyone feeling sentimental? Hand raise? Head shake?

I pulled up CSS mastery: advanced web standards solutions by Andy Budd on NetLibrary (I wasn’t able to download it). I can see the usefulness of having reference books such as this one in electronic format. I can save a copy and consult it when needed with the capability of searching full-text. I wouldn’t want to screen-read for leisure titles. Who works at a computer for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week? Hand raise.

On the other hand, as a student, I loved seeing a hyperlink in the catalog to full-text, allowing me to see immediately whether or not the item was relevant to my needs. Similarly, I have browsed out-of-print books on Google Books Search, which unlike NetLibrary, reproduces and displays title pages. No title pages? NetLibrary, are you serious? Head shake.

When perusing NetLibrary, I often found myself wondering whether a book I was looking at was born digital or was merely a digital copy. Do ebooks have unique ISBNs? What would a FRBRized record look like?

Who’s gearing up for cataloging ebooks?

Jen raises hand.

Reader shakes head.

Podcasting

Funny, Russ and I were just talking about creating podcasts and the next IUL2.0 topic is, you guessed it, podcasts.

I tried out the search “libraries” (original, right?) in the podcast directories Podcast.net, Podcast Alley, and Yahoo Audio Search, and found two intriguing casts, Talking with Talis and SirsiDynix Institute, both focusing on Libraries 2.0. I liked Podcast Alley better, mostly because Podcast.net was being glitchy at the time and didn’t retrieve as many relevant results.

I used to subscribe (via iTunes) to a number of podcasts but I’ve reduced that number to only 2 (CarTalk and RadioLab) because I rarely listen to them and couldn’t keep up with new episodes of 5 or more different shows. However, I do like the idea of putting the RSS feed into Bloglines so that I can keep an eye on episode titles for a interesting topic (not sure why I haven’t done this before now).

I found a surprisingly obsessive discussion (says the cataloger!) about normalizing podcast icons (much like what was done with the orange RSS icon). The one I see often is the dude-in-the-purple-haze icon but I found one that integrates the RSS icon to form a “RSS-audible” version. I suppose most people won’t glean the significance of this icon (heck, most people don’t even know what RSS is or that it even has an icon) but I like that it stresses the syndication aspect of podcasts.