Friday, October 13, 2006

Podcasting Tool

Here is a free podcasting tool that may help some in the podcasting community, the Levelator.
It's software that runs on Windows or OS X (universal binary) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.
So it wouldn't help What's New at the Lunar and Planetary Institute Library. I'm the only speaker. But for a show like Talking With Talis, where they have several guests, some on Skype some on the phone, it could make their post-production task easier.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Greenstone v2.71 has been released. A feature release containing lots and lots of improvements and new functionality.
Greenstone is a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License....

The aim of the Greenstone software is to empower users, particularly in universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to build their own digital libraries....

The complete Greenstone interface, and all documentation, is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Kazakh. Greenstone also has interfaces in many other languages.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Typo of the Day

With input from participants in the electronic distribution list LIBTYPOS-L, Terry Ballard has created the Typo of the Day Blog. This may sound humorous, but it isn't a joke! Rather, it is a new tool in cooperative quality control.

Here are suggested steps for making use of the blog. If you are a library administrator or supervisor, please designate an individual to monitor it on a daily basis and take these steps.

  1. Consult the blog and copy the typographical error featured for that day.
  2. In your local catalog, search to see if records are retrieved using that character string as key.
  3. Investigate whether any bibliographic records retrieved actually have the typographical error in the source. For instance, records having typos followed by [sic] or [i.e. plus the corrected form] should NOT be adjusted. If not, proceed to step 7.
  4. If such indications are not present, use judgment to determine whether consultation of the bibliographic item is necessary, or whether you will edit the record to correct the typo without viewing the source.
  5. If you determine that the source contains the typo, add the notation [sic] or add the corrected form using [i.e.].
  6. If you determine that the source does not contain the typo, edit the bibliographic record to correct it.
  7. Congratulate yourself and your colleagues for helping to maintain your database at a high quality level!
Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated, particularly because not only are your local records affected, but others consulting consortial databases looking for typos will be happy to see fewer of them. Participants in the LIBTYPOS-L project, for instance, frequently consult the databases of OhioLINK and SEO Library Center to determine how widespread are the instances of particular errors.

More information about LIBTYPOS-L. Subscriptions are available. The list operates in association with the web sites Typographical Errors in Library Databases and More Typographical Errors in Library Databases maintained by Terry Ballard and Phalbe Henriksen respectively.

From an email by Ian Fairclough. Don't forget to check your authority files as well as your bib records.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

OpenURL Question

Since we do not yet have an OpenURL resolver for the Institute I've not messed with the standard as much as I'd like. We have a full-text database of works from our conferences and workshops. What would it take to make it a workable ending place of an OpenURL request? We are not the search site, nor the citation database being searched but the site they are sent to for the full text. If we enable SRU, would that be enough? How about if we are OAI-PMH comilant? Any tools to drop in front of the database to facilite this? Thanks.

Questionable Content

Questionable Content a on-line comic strip, is running a story about a character starting to work in a library. Love the t-shirt of the circ person "She blinded me with library science".

Monday, October 09, 2006

Corporate Body Publications

Using CWA to Frame an Investigation into the Use of Corporate Body Publications by Kari Holland appears in the latest issue of the Bulletin of asis&t.
This article describes a study that looks at how researchers in forest science, oceanography and fishery science search for and use publications from corporate bodies. The term publication is understood in a broad sense, incorporating digital formats and websites. The study is a qualitative study that uses critical realism and cognitive work analysis (CWA) to frame the research question and to inform interview questions and analysis. This paper focuses on how CWA is used to guide the study. The primary purpose of this particular study is to produce recommendations for the design of information systems related to the structure and representation of data about corporate body publications. After all, the content of the information system is vital to the success of a search.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


I've been asked to do a poster at the elementary division of the Texas Music Educators Assocation convention this year. Last year I did one on fine art resources at the American Memory Project. Any suggestions for what I should do this year? Thanks.