I recently stumbled onto Skillshare, a website that offers a variety of MOOC’s. I’m always looking to learn new things and I saw a few classes that could be interesting. I haven’t tried any yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know what I thought.
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This is a video of highlights from the DAM 101 workshop I attended in October. I’m even seen in a few parts of the video.
It’s been awhile since I last posted here, there are a two reasons for that. The good reason is that I started a new temp job in September, the not so good reason is that my mom spent most of the summer in the hospital. She’s feeling and doing much better now, thank goodness.
So what else have I been up to in during this time career development wise. I attended the DAM 101 Workshop at Createasphere in New York. I’ve also just finished up my first Coursera class, Introduction to Metadata and I’ve been keeping up with the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasure’s Today webinar series. I’m going to craft some entries on the above topics and post them today to help make up for my absence.
I really liked how this Tech Crunch article talks about people are still using programs that were discontinued years ago. The post brings up a good point what apps/technology will we be able to use 10 years from now. How safe and long-lasting is the cloud?
I loved this article from Mod Librarian. It has a great explanation of the phrase “Garbage in, Garbage out”. The links provided were also pretty good. I like her Metadata anyday series.
This article on metadata and taxonomy are pretty good and well wrote a quick read.
I like how it offers the link to Leala Abbott’s article on controlled vocabulary. To top it off they used a cat picture to illustrate taxonomy you can’t go wrong.
Also PicturePark hosted a webinar “Metadata Myths and Madness!” by John Horodysk
Although the sound quality goes in and out a bit the content is very good it’s worth a watch if you a hour to kill. Check it out on youtube here.
I am now a Certified Archivist. This past April, I finished up the hours I needed to complete my year of qualifying experience . I’m really excited to have reached this goal; I’ve worked long and hard for this. It took me almost three years to get these hours, most of which were from volunteer work. I have to thank the Westchester Archives and Records Center and the MTA Bridges and Tunnel Archives for giving me the opportunities I needed to earn this achievement.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving this past Thursday. I read this article earlier this weekend thought I would post it.
I’m interested in learning more about MerlinOne. I think there is going to be a great need for this type of program as online posting of video increases. Tags and keywords can only describe so much when cataloging videos.
I believe that this takeaway is very potent and true to the information/archival/library profession:
“Content may be king but Context will be emperor.”
You can digitize a document or image and put it online; but without the metadata that accompanies that image, users can’t know anything about it. Even if it’s the most interesting image in your archive. However, metadata is only half the battle. If you only have one digitized image or document and can’t tie it into a larger collection, your online exhibition is incomplete.
Context can help shape a digitization project; it can keep it from getting overwhelming. As much as we would love to digitize the whole archives, realistic constraints of time, money, and person-hours make it impossible. Context can help you focus down to a particular collection at a time. It can also help when you need to apply for grants or local support.
Context is vital for librarians. If a patron is interested in a topic (like, Mayan culture for example), why are you interested? Is it for their own general interest? Are they picking up the book for a child’s research paper? And if so, age and level of comprehension? What do they need in order to be able to write about this topic?
I like to think of it like a gallery in a fine arts museum, You go up to the wall and you see the painting.(Image) Then on the side there is a little plaque that tells you a little about the painting (ex. title, artist, date) (metadata). But gallery exhibits are usually centered around particular themes, artistic periods, or collection. Say a Da Vinci painting was placed next to a Van Gogh sketch. Why? You need context. Otherwise they might as well not be in the same room.