The Passing of Henriette Avram
Two weeks ago my inbox started filling up with news of the death of Henriette Avram, the former Associate Librarian of Congress and “Mother of MARC.” Because I started my professional life as a cataloger, I soon became aware of Henriette, a petite older woman (she was probably about as old as I am now when I first encountered her in person, but she seemed quite august to me) who was a formidable force in bibliographic control.
DigitalCommons@ILR: Beyond the Traditional Institutional Repository
Mary Newhart and Suzanne Cohen
In 2004 the Catherwood Library and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) launched a subject-based institutional repository, DigitalCommons@ILR. While including documents found in a traditional institutional repository (articles, chapters, conference proceedings, working papers, and other intellectual output of the school), we also wanted DigitalCommons@ILR to capture born-digital and grey literature that we collect on the subject of industrial and labor relations. With strong support of the ILR deans and ILR Web Studios, plus reassignment of staff responsibilities within the Catherwood Library, we have been able to grow our repository.
Calhoun Report on the Future of Research Library Catalogs
Karen Calhoun, the associate university librarian for technical services, has prepared a report for the Library of Congress that analyses research library online catalogs and considers a framework for integrating them with other discovery tools such as Google and Yahoo. The LC director of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Beacher Wiggins, has said that this readable report defines a strategic future for the research library catalog. The report’s recommendations promise to elicit open, thoughtful, and productive discourse at LC and in the research library community as a whole. The report presents coherent steps that might be taken by either LC or other libraries individually or by the larger library community, perhaps in collaboration.
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