100 names: cataloging in Library of Congress Name Authority File

Most people don’t know what the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) is, but if you ever search for works by your favorite author or research an individual in a library catalog, you have used its records.  The records assure that materials by or about the same entity can be grouped in the library catalog, even if an entity has used different names.  This might not sound that impressive, until you more »

Creating Colors for the Image Gallery

This post was written by Deja Bond, the Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Intern in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Web Services Department. Deja is an undergraduate Computer Science student at Spelman College. Her work this summer consisted of developing techniques to create data for enhancing the Libraries’ forthcoming Image Gallery re-launch later this year. My project was to design and code an algorithm to identify the predominant colors within an image. When someone more »

Expanding Data’s Reach

Aloha! I’m a second-year graduate student with the University of Hawaii’s LIS program, planning to graduate with an MLISc and a certificate in Archival Studies, in May 2017. In this tech-driven world we live in, librarianship has evolved to include positions that specialize in caring for digital objects and collections. This summer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern with the Digital Programs and Initiatives Division at Smithsonian Libraries, through more »

Welcome to Sue Graves!

Sue Graves has joined the Metadata Unit in the Technical Services Department of the Libraries. She comes to the Smithsonian with a history of technical services experience in law, academic and public libraries and a brief contract stint involving the historic shelf list at the Government Printing Office.

The Secret Life of Images

What happens if a design teacher visits the website and downloads the image to use in research and forgets where it came from or the image ends up on flickr? If the image has no associated embedded metadata, well, then it basically has lost its identity.

Dublin Core Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA—October 20-22, 2010

December is the time of year to reflect back on the past twelve months. Back in October, I had the chance to visit Pittsburgh for the first time, as well as attend my first Dublin Core metadata conference.

Technical Services Intern—Caitlin Whiting

One recipient of the Libraries' new Professional Development Internship is Caitlin Whiting. Caitlin is working this summer with metadata, electronic journals, and marc records in Technical Services. She is currently enrolled in the MLS program at the University of Maryland, College Park, with an expected graduation date of May 2011. Caitlin has a 4.0 GPA at Maryland, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Caitlin has experience with the Horizon library system, serials check in and receiving, and basic cataloging activities in a research library environment. Caitlin was attracted to the Technical Services Division Professional Development internship because of her strong interest in libraries that foster international scholarly communication and research, and her desire to use technologies that support that mission. Thus far, Caitlin has expanded her cataloging skills as she creates and edits MARC records for electronic journals in the Library catalog. A recent Biodiversity Heritage Library metadata project had her researching bibliographic records of works listed in the Index Animalium, a vital piece of more »

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