OCLC pilots WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry

August 27, 2008

From the August 25th OCLC news release:

“OCLC is piloting a new service for libraries that encourages librarians and other interested parties to discover and share information about the copyright status of books.

“The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is a community working together to build a union catalog of copyright evidence based on WorldCat, which contains more than 100 million bibliographic records describing items held in thousands of libraries worldwide. In addition to the WorldCat metadata, the Copyright Evidence Registry uses other data contributed by libraries and other organizations.

“Digitization projects continue for books in the public domain, but books whose copyright status is unknown are destined to remain in print and on shelves until their status can be determined. The process to determine copyright status can be lengthy and labor intensive. The goal of the Copyright Evidence Registry is to encourage a cooperative environment to discover, create and share copyright evidence through a collaboratively created and maintained database, using the WorldCat cooperative model to eliminate duplicate efforts.”

Visit the beta site for the WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry.

Click here to read the full news release.


WSU Farmer’s Market

August 26, 2008
The Farmer’s Markets for 2009 are scheduled for Wednesdays from 11 AM to 4 PM from June to October.
Warrior Demonstration Garden
Warrior Demonstration Garden


Don’t miss the first WSU Farmer’s Market scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 11 AM to 6 PM. The market will be at 5201 Cass Ave, between Putnam and Kirby, in front of Prentis Hall (School of Business). Vendors will sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, and prepared foods produced in Michigan and the nearby region. 

Another Farmer’s Market is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 11 AM to 6 PM.  The 4th Wednesday Farmer’s Markets are a project of SEED Wayne, a program which is “dedicated to collaboratively building sustainable food systems on the campus of Wayne State University and in Detroit area communities, through activities in teaching, research, engagement, and campus operations.”  

For a brochure, click here.
For the press release about the Farmer’s Market, click here.

To learn more about SEED Wayne: http://www.clas.wayne.edu/seedwayne

Mini-summit: Educating Urban Librarians

August 18, 2008

From the WSU Library and Information Science Program:

“The faculty of the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program cordially invites you to an all-day “mini summit” we are hosting on Friday, September 5, 2008 at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on the campus of Wayne State University in midtown Detroit. The topic of this gathering is “Educating Urban Librarians.” We welcome participants from all types of libraries across the region to help us define the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge library services in today’s multicultural, diverse communities. Please consider joining us if you are interested in sharing your expertise with us. We will then use the outcomes to craft a new concentration in urban librarianship that we hope to unfold beginning in fall 2009.

The all-day mini-summit will feature a keynote address by Mr. Martin Gomez, President of the Urban Libraries Council, continental breakfast and lunch, and breakout sessions. There is no cost to attend and free parking will be available.”

Space is limited, so please register here soon: https://events.wayne.edu/rsvp/urbanlibraries.

Friday Fun: Virtual Bookshelves

August 15, 2008

Click to read the NPR “All Things Considered” story: “Websites let bibliophiles share books virtually

or click to listen to the story:    

 The article mentions such “virtual bookshelf” sites as LibraryThing, Shelfari, Goodreads, aNobii and BookJetty.

Cataloger’s Learning Workshop Materials

August 14, 2008

The Cataloging Distribution ServiceLibrary of Congress, has posted to its web site an announcement that on October 1, 2008, CDS will discontinue selling PDF training products. Instead, the PDF training materials posted to the Cataloger’s Learning Workshop will be available for downloading at no cost on or about 1 October 2008.  The materials available will be for the following courses:  Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) which includes Basic Serials Cataloging, Advanced Serials Cataloging, Integrating Resources Cataloging, Electronic Serials Cataloging, and Serials Holdings, Cooperative Cataloging Training (CCT) which includes Basic Subject Cataloging using LCSH, Basic Creation of Name and Title Authorities, Fundamentals of Series Authorities, and Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification, and Cataloging for the 21st Century (Cat21) which includes Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources, Metadata Standards and Applications, Metadata and Digital Library Development, Digital Project Planning and Management Basics, Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design. 

The Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division expect to have the newly renovated web site accessible online on or around Oct. 1, 2008. The web site will include links to the free training materials.

Detroit Institute of Arts Sacred Detroit Flickr Contest

August 7, 2008

The Detroit Institute of Arts is “organizing an online photo contest that invites DIA visitors, the online community, and the general public to submit photos that capture their interpretation of sacred Detroit.”   Prizes include a signed copy of Kenro Izu’s Bhutan: The Sacred Within, two front-row seats to Izu’s lecture on September 14, 2008, admission for two to the post-lecture strolling supper, and a DIA Companion Membership.  The second place winner will receive a signed copy of Bhutan: The Sacred Within as well as a DIA Companion Membership.   The photo contest is in conjunction with the Kenro Izu: Sacred Places exhibit.  The deadline for submitting photos is September 3, 2008.

For more information and rules for entering, go here:  http://www.dia.org/sacred_places/

To view the Flickr page and photos submitted so far, go here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/detroitssacredplaces/pool/

Also, be sure to visit the blog here:  http://detroitssacredplaces.wordpress.com/