Archive for cataloging

yes, Virginia…there is a Melvil Dewey (aka National Library Week 2018)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on April 10, 2018 by phanteana

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be sure the hand sanitizer is tightly capped. bring an extra cardigan to work just in case.


rock you like a…

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by phanteana

do you have a vast knowledge of music? do you enjoy cataloging library resources and giving tours? are you willing to brave brutal Midwest winters, sticky summer humidity, and swarms of Cleveland Browns fans to get to work everyday? if so, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is looking for a librarian*!

for those about to apply, we salute you.


*this posting has been up for quite awhile, so clearly they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.



Encyclopedia Metallum

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on May 23, 2017 by phanteana

we know that computers are smart (ahem, Watson). but can they learn to sound Metal? apparently, they can thanks to the Encyclopedia Metallum. the site provides hundreds of thousands of bands, sub-genres, countries of origin, etc. that have been produced by a neural network. so if you’re in the market for a band name that hasn’t been taken yet, there’s plenty to choose from!


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the Dischord Records archive project (aka a music nerd’s dream)

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , , on September 22, 2016 by phanteana

Washington DC may be the Nation’s Capital, but it’s also home to a long-storied punk and hardcore scene courtesy of Dischord Records. huge stacks of lore have been written about bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and even the humble beginnings of Monica Richards before she became everyone’s favorite Muse, thus providing fans and musicologists with a plethora of information. with that said, Dischord recently posted on its website an internship opportunity that is too good to pass up for current MLIS students or recent graduates. that’s correct…a chance to assist with cataloging, preserving, and creating finding aids for manuscript collections with a legendary independent label. applicants must be local to DC, and have some familiarity with Punk music (though both of these are kind of a given). as far as internships go, this definitely ranks high on the list of awesome ones.


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HR would apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (if he were in an MLIS program)


domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on June 13, 2016 by phanteana

ever go to the library, pick a book from the shelf, browse through the pages, but upon returning it you forget which shelf you got it from? misplaced items are quite a nuisance for patrons and staff alike. this is why cataloging and classification are essential; so we know where everything belongs. whether you work at a large public library or a small archive housed inside a major corporation, tracking down missing materials is just another part of the job description (even if it’s not listed in the write-up).

fortunately, there is a solution to this dilemma: robots. at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has developed a shelf-scanning robotic arm to find all those missing books/DVD’s/CD’s/etc. the robot, known as AuRoSS, is able to determine which items are on the wrong shelves through laser-guided navigation. some information professionals program AuRoSS to cover the night shift after the human staff members have left, then instruct them how to get the books back in order when they come in the next morning. the robot will hopefully be a time-saver when it comes to hunting down misplaced records. to that, we will be able to say thank you very much, Mr. Roboto!


8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2016 by phanteana

cataloging, organizing, rearranging, inventory managing…regardless of whatever term is used to describe the process, it has to be done. it can be an overwhelming ordeal, or it can be a beneficial cleansing experience not only for library staff and patrons, but for personal home collections as well (because everyone has a ton of books/DVD’s/etc. that should be grouped together by genre or author, or they need a better way to keep track of any material lent out to family and friends). Book Riot provides its readers with 8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it). it’s a win-win situation for all!