Library of Congress announces its RDA training plans

Library of Congress has announced: “LCs partner national libraries (U.S.: National Agricultural Library and National Library of Medicine; and non-U.S.: British Library, Library & Archives Canada, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and National Library of Australia) have been apprised of our plan and also intend to target the first quarter of 2013 as their RDA implementation date, i.e., between January 2 and March 31, 2013.”

LC’s training plan may be found here.  Please feel free to comment on this plan and its impact on Canadian libraries.






Virtual Library: City of Edinburgh

Public libraries in the UK have been subject to severe budgetary restrictions.  This post discusses how the City of Edinburgh is using technology to connect people to the library collection in innovative way.  Of particular interest to us is the City’s efforts to link data through one portal, which is something we have discussed in the course. This type of project is an example of how linking data serves to not only maintain and promote the relevance of libraries, but to provide clients with an integrated approach to finding relevant and timely information.

The Long Now – 10,000-Year Library

On my travels through the web I take a lot of side roads and meandering paths, and along one of these I came across The Long Now 10,000-Year Library project. I was instantly intrigued by the thought of a 10,000-year library, what such a thing might looks like, and how people in the future might be able to access the information being put in now.

The first part of the library project is a digital library of Earth’s languages, known as the Rosetta Project. It is the Long Now Foundation’s first foray into long-term archiving, and I thought the technology they were using was really captivating:

“Our first prototype of a very long-term archive is The Rosetta Disk – a three-inch diameter nickel disk with nearly 14,000 pages of information microscopically etched onto its surface. Since each page is an image, rather than a digital encoding of 1’s and 0’s, it can be read by the human eye using 500 power optical magnification. The disk rests in a sphere made of stainless steel and glass which allows the disk exposure to the atmosphere, but protects it from casual impact and abrasion. With minimal care, it could easily last and be legible for thousands of years.” (from the Rosetta Stone About page)

The Rosetta Disk has really captured my imagination–it seems like something out of science fiction. The Archive is online and available for browsing, which is also very exciting! You can see the front and the back, and zoom right in to read the data.

All of this led me to wonder how all of these languages are going to be indexed, or catalogued. The way it is now I don’t really see an easy way to access the parts of the archive that you want. It’s more a browsing tool than a finding tool, I guess. So all of these languages will be recorded, but for whom?

I don’t know if there are any librarians contributing to the project…