Thursday, September 29, 2005

Oh no it isn't!

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According to this article on,
... Google is creating a comprehensive bibliographic database that it calls WorldCat to search for and find information formerly only found in libraries.

Hmm... I wonder what the folks at OCLC will have to say about that.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Terry Belanger wins MacArthur Fellowship

University of Virginia Professor and rare books expert Terry Belanger has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. I think it couldn't have happened to a more deserving librarian. He's done a lot to facilitate education about rare books librarianship.

There was a time when I had dreams of being a rare books cataloger, but then I realized that I'd pretty much have to wait for somebody to die to get a job in rare books cataloging and went off in other directions. I still wistfully survey the course catalog for Rare Books School from time to time, though.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Disaster recovery

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Like much of the U.S., I've been a little preoccupied with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath lately, so I haven't had much to say about library, technology, or cataloging.

But I do want to take a moment to point to the Geaux Library Project, which is working to provide reference and other library services to Katrina survivors. See this excellent description over at Catalogablog.