Digital Asset Management – Job Growth and Career Opportunities


Someone Else’s Musings on the San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library Main Branch in its Own Words is a beautifully illustrated post about the patrons of the SF Library. Well worth the quick read.

More Musings on Places to Go and Things to See

  • 84 Charing Cross Road, London, England, home of Marks & Co. antiquarian booksellers made famous in the book by Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road. I’ve long adored Hanff’s book and I would love to visit the location of the book shop in spite of the fact that it currently appears to have been swallowed up by a Leon de Bruxelles restaurant. There is, at least, a round brass plaque mounted on the wall marking the location of the shop.
  • The Banks of Plum Creek to view the dugout home of my all time favorite author as a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder. There is also a museum in nearby Walnut Creek Minnesota. Then on to the Ingalls homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. Finally, a must-see stop at Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield Missouri, the home of Laura and Almanzo Wilder It was where Laura lived when she wrote the books that I, like so many thousands of children, loved into our adulthood. It is an additional bonus that I may be related through Caroline Ingalls née Quiner. I believe it is a few generations back in the Caroline’s line that there might be a common ancestor. More research is needed!
  • Kate Chopin House, St. Louis, Missouri, plus the site of her three New Orleans homes. I’ll have to stroll past because of the four, one burned down and the other three are privately owned. I came to love the writing of Kate Chopin when at California State University, Sacramento. I was taking a literature course and her Awakenings and Other Short Stories was one of the books we studied.
  • Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts with its dedicated Frost room, Robert Frost being one of my favorite poets.
  • Mark Twain’s boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, which is now a museum.
  • Ernest Hemingway’s home, also a museum, in Key West, Florida.
  • John Steinbeck House and the National Steinbeck Center, both in Salinas, California. Aw, who am I kidding, you could spend a summer touring John Steinbeck locations in California alone!
  • Bangor, Maine for guided Stephen King tours and a walk past his deliciously creepy front gate! Hmm, I wonder what the Bangor Public Library is like.

Musings on All This Vocabulary

One of my assignments this week asks “what are your reactions to the job information” in reference to the lectures and readings.

I learned that there are many non-traditional, non-library based employment options for MLIS grads from Dr. Sandra Hirsh’s colloquium on “New Pathways for Information Professionals”. Several of the terms were ones I had heard of before but didn’t have a clear idea of what they meant. A few I hadn’t even heard of before so I did some Googling and using sites like wiseGEEK, The Digital Curation Centre, and Wikipedia for very shallow definitions, I learned the following:

In regards to new career pathways MLIS grads can pursue:

Database development – designing and implementing a database using an existing database program (i.e. Oracle) rather than programming a database from scratch

Reference tool development – creating tools to access reference information such as search tools and indices

Information systems – systems to house, organize,  and provide access to information

Internet coördination – designing and managing a web presence (via a website) for an organization

Web content management systems – tools to produce and manage websites without having to know html, xml, css. I.E. WordPress, which we use for blogging starting in LIB 203, but has many more web content management options than just for blogging.

Most sought-after skills:

Metadata standards for digital content – metadata is information about a collection of information. Metadata standards insure that language used in reference to metadata is defined and used the same across systems and users with regard to the meaning of the data. The best way I could understand this is when I saw references to the Dublin Core which looked familiar, then realized I use such a standard myself.  I use Adobe Bridge to organize and manage my photography and I use the IPTC Core metadata for my photos. It includes information about the photo creator, date of creation, EXIF data, copyright data,  and IPTC subject code which is a controlled vocabulary of keywords defined for photography. Wow, I know a lot more about this and I use it a lot more than I realized!

Integrated library systems – generally a database for managing library assets and inventory including financial management information. It includes a user interface for the public to access information about library holdings as well as a staff interface.

Web 2.0 applications – interactive websites that are not just static pages to read. This includes such familiar features as website search bars, hyperlinks, and user-edited content. Wikipedia is a model of web 2.0.

Musings on the Future of Libraries

I was reading my library textbook, Foundations of Library and Information Science (3rd Ed.)  by Richard E. Rubin this morning and was inspired to write about some comments he referred to in a section about the library vs. information science debate. One quoted author admonished library schools to not lose faith in the traditional missions of libraries which are to foster literacy and lifelong learning. He decried the change from librarian as educator to librarian as intermediary as a result of including information science in library education.

I don’t see it that way. With regard to the traditions of library missions, I believe that focusing on any traditional practices without considering if they are still relevant means trying to live in the past when the real world has moved on to a new paradigm. Libraries have to keep up with the changes in how information is made available and the different ways people want to get access to information now. Our job as librarian when dealing with information is not to provide results to queries faster than Google can, of course we can’t compete there, but to help patrons learn how to refine, sort, evaluate, and understand those hundreds of thousands of search results. Miring libraries down in a belief that they can not include information science as a part of the service to their community because they can’t compete with Google is a sure way to guarantee libraries become obsolete.

I also believe that following his line of reasoning will hurt libraries’ abilities to further literacy. Drawing on my focus on early literacy during my teaching career, I am convinced that the best way to inspire people to improve their literacy is to give them access to the things they want to read. This will create a desire that leads to learning. Of course not all reading can be for fun and personal interests, but if no reading is ever for fun or personal interests, then no desire to read will blossom and literacy will wither and die on the vine.

Musings on Places to Go and Things to See

  • Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University
    – Its windowless walls are made of translucent white marble that allows diffuse but not direct sunlight into the interior
    – It looks gorgeous and I’d love to do some photography there (and on the Yale campus while I’m at it)
  • British Library in London England
    – See a Gutenberg Bible
    – See Diamond Sutra, the worlds earliest book from 868 AD
    – See the only surviving copy of Beowulf
  • Library of Congress
    – Jefferson Building Guided Tour
  • Family History Library in Salt Lake City Utah
    – Genealogy! 
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse near Yachats, Oregon
    – Early “bookmobile” mobile library case

    Any other suggestions?

What Have I Done?!

So, classes officially began today at SJSU. I’d finished up my 1-unit intro course a few days ago and I seem to have lulled myself into a false sense of security. Physics and stats on were easy. The SLIS intro course was a piece of cake. But today I logged into my first full, 3-unit course toward my master’s degree. I suspect my life just took a 180-degree turn. I am full of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety. Have I bitten off more than I can chew?! Can I really do all this?! I hope so. I know I’ll try my best!

For those of us who are students, we may feel lucky that we can skate by with a “Fair Use” defense for using online content like illustrations, video, or music clips in our school work but many of us will end up in jobs that won’t fall under the Fair Use umbrella. Without prior permission, it is illegal to use nearly everything you find on the internet unless it is covered by a Creative Commons license. Why don’t we start practicing using content only with permission immediately? We can’t plagiarise other people’s writing just because we are in school. British tech blog Make Use Of has written a post with some excellent information about using Creative Commons licensing:

Creative Commons – What to Use After Fair Use no Longer Applies

I highly recommend reading it!


Photography Stumbling Block

I’ve hit a huge stumbling block. It is most of the reason I have not had anything to blog about in over a year. I love doing photography and I have continued to shoot over the past year and have some interesting plans for my photography in the year to come. But what purpose is there to doing photography if no one will ever see it but me?
Nowhere is it safe to post; I’ve had problems with my images or seen problems other artists have had with everything from Flickr to Tumblr to DeviantArt and multitudes of other websites with regard to photography and other visual arts and copyright violations.
Here is an example of just one conversation I had on one website that echoes the attitudes of millions of internet users. It is just this attitude that drove me to remove almost all my photography off the internet.
This is from Livemocha, a place for learning other languages and sharing cultures. There is an area where you can upload photographs and stories that illustrate the culture where you live. As you may expect there are millions of pirated photos uploaded every day. “Infringer” is in Egypt and she uploaded an image from Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada. Every image that uploads has a line saying, “This image is from _____” and you fill in the blank. “Infringer” filled in the blank with “Egypt”:

Ceiteag – This is *not* in Egypt. This is Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Infringer – ceiteage : thax for the information . i really did not know where is it :_ it just remind m with my best season 🙂 thats all 🙂
thanx again

Ceiteag – @Infringer: But if you did not take this photograph, then it does not belong to you and you may not post it here. That is what the box says that you must check before loading a photograph on Livemocha. The photo only belongs to the person who took the photograph with a camera.

Infringer – its not a big deal 🙂 simply  i liked the foto and shared it 🙂 alll the picx in livemocha are not taken by cameras of the persons who shared it

Ceiteag – It is a big deal. It is called piracy and you agreed not to share photos you did not take as part of Livemocha’s Terms of Service. Just because other people also commit the crime of piracy does not mean it is okay for you to do it. I have reported this photo as I do for all photos that are posted against the Terms of Service.

Infringer – wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow
You will report more than 1 million shared picx every day 🙂
thats cool

Infringer – We are here to share beautiful pixs and to enjoy and see new cultures and countries :this is the goal of this site 🙂
not to report others picx because they did not take it by their own cameras

Ceiteag – Copied from the Terms of Service:
You agree not to transmit, distribute, post, communicate or store information or other material on, to or through the Site that:
(a)    is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner;

And from the place where you upload a photograph:
I promise that this picture belongs to me and will not offend Livemocha members. (Required)

You are doing a poor job of sharing the beautiful culture of Egypt by saying it is here, when this is Canada and not Egypt.

I am the first to agree that I can not report all the photos uploaded illegally here. But I will report every single one that I can.

A Bit of Musing

I always wondered what it would be like to be someone others referred to as an old soul. No one ever called me that and although I see what they mean in reference to other people, I agree it never applied to me. If there was such a thing as an old soul, I’d be a brand new soul.

OOKs Thoughts

Reflection on Stuff That Happens to me

Down From The Mountain

Thoughts from Kyle Bishop, Economist-in-training

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