Friday, October 15, 2004

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Access Innovations, information and database management specialists, said today that it has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its recently developed MAI Lib software system.

MAI Lib automates the process of adding Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to documents stored in electronic databases and archives, which in turn enhances the accuracy of searching those information reservoirs to retrieve targeted articles, reports and other materials.

I didn't find the patent. The software costs 60k, only those with deep pockets need check this one out.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Cites & Insights

Cites & Insights 4:13 (November 2004) is now available for downloading.

This 20-page issue, PDF as always, includes:

  • The Library Stuff--seven articles worth reading
  • Bibs & Blather--Advocacy? and further notes about readership
  • Perspective: RSS and Multimodes Revisited
  • Library Access to Scholarship--more comments from "the Empire," the Nature discussion concludes, the NIH plan, and more.
  • Feedback & Followup: Wikis, Reading and More--more on Wikipedia, the NEA survey, "the one that isn't here," and GoDVD! and DMCA.
  • Perspectives: Three Brief Pieces--when standards die, blogging and enthusiasm, and does the music matter?

Monday, October 11, 2004

Weblogs

Saturday I had the pleasure to speak to a group of librarians at the TLA District 8 Fall Meeting. I was surprised by just how few had even seen a Web log. Of the 30-40 attendees only 5-6 had even seen a 'blog. Maybe some others had, but didn't know the Web page they were looking at had that term applied to that format. Still, these competent capable professionals could live full lives without any contact with 'blogs. We who do write in this format should remember this is a nitch. One that I think fills a need, but still just a nitch. I hope some of those at the talk have a better understanding of just how 'blogs can be a part of the information universe. If anyone from the meeting is reading, thanks for spending your Saturday morning listening to me and for your questions. I hope you found it worth your time.