INDEXING/TAXONOMY PROJECT INTERNSHIP, DIGITAL ARCHIVE
BOMB Magazine, a 31-year-old nonprofit art and culture publication, is seeking highly motivated, detail-oriented interns to assist with its website expansion, archive completion, and social media outreach. Join a fun, creative group of artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers committed to celebrating BOMB’s print legacy. Interns will use a full range of editorial talents, including copy writing, fact checking, and proofreading, while exercising skills specific to library science implementing our site’s new index and taxonomy. Attention to detail and ability to follow project guidelines area a must. The ideal candidates will be able to meet deadlines and work independently but function as a team when needed. All interns will get to write original posts for the blog and participate in strategic social media initiatives. On the job training of software and web coding available.
Internships require a three-to-four-day-week minimum commitment. Hours are from 10:30 AM–6:00PM.
BOMB Magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and although there is no stipend available, as an intern at BOMB, you will have the opportunity to write for the magazine’s blog and contribute to other projects as needed, as well as help out at launch events, art fairs, literary readings, and auctions.
It’s an exciting time to join the BOMB team, as new opportunities for growth are emerging.
Please apply to email@example.com specifying the internship to which you are applying for in the subject line. Do include a cover letter and CV.
The Corcoran Library seeks an innovative, energetic, and team-oriented individual for the position of Access Librarian and Metadata Coordinator. Reporting to the Library Director, this ¾ position is responsible for the overall concept of “access” as it relates to public and technical services. This position works afternoons and evenings, and at least one weekend a month.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manages quality front-line library operations, including circulation, interlibrary loan, course reserves, e-reserves, stacks management. This position also provides library orientations and instruction. Coordinates access to physical and digital collections by creating accurate metadata records in a variety of formats including MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, VRA Core, and other standards as appropriate. The successful candidate will bring energy and an expansive vision to the Library, leading the effort to optimize metadata output and finding new ways to use metadata to expose the Library’s collections. This position is also responsible for serials check-in and other duties as assigned. Successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in professional associations to further develop the library and the institution.
- MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program
- Excellent communication skills
- Dynamic personality and flexibility in adapting to change
- Innovative approach to envisioning and creating access services
- User-focused with a strong commitment to customer service
- Thorough knowledge of electronic and traditional cataloging and authority control, as well as current standards, trends, and forthcoming changes with FRBR, RDA, and MARC, and emerging technologies in cataloging services
- Familiarity with various metadata format, including Dublin Core, METS, MODS, OAI, and XML
- Understands copyright as it relates to E-Reserves and Interlibrary Loan
- Experience with SIRSI/DYNIX or other major ILS
- Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion, or other major bibliographic utility
- Strong command of LC classification and subject headings
- BA degree in Art History, studio art, or related humanities
- Experience in an academic library
- Experience with CONTENTdm, or other digital asset management tool
- Excellent project management skills, including workflow and training development
- Ability to solve problems in a team environment
To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing the stated qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. First screening of applications will be Monday, November 21, 2011.
Metadata and Cataloging Specialist, Image Collections & Fieldwork Archives
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC
Dumbarton Oaks is (http://www.doaks.org/) seeking a Metadata and Cataloging Specialist for its Image Collections & Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) (http://www.doaks.org/library/icfa.html). For this position, Dumbarton Oaks seeks a collaborative, user-focused information professional dedicated to providing access to analog and digital collections through metadata creation and data management. The Metadata and Cataloging Specialist will play a leading role in devising and implementing metadata migration strategies associated with ongoing digitization efforts. Reporting to the Manager of the ICFA, the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist will work closely with the Byzantine Assistant Curator and the Archives Specialist to provide greater access to the ICFA’s holdings by establishing intellectual control over its multi-media collections.
For a detailed position description and list of requirements, please see: http://www.doaks.org/about/doaks_position_2011_06_20.html. To apply, please send a resume and letter of application detailing relevant qualifications to email@example.com or fax to 202-337-5940. The position remains open until filled.
Located in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, symposia, exhibitions, and publications. The ICFA supports scholarship in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape studies by acquiring, organizing, preserving, cataloging, and providing access to images in various media; documentation, both textual and visual, of archaeological surveys and excavations; and papers of noteworthy scholars in the three disciplines.
The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation is seeking a high-level graduate intern to assist the Archives Specialist. The ideal candidate will have archival experience; knowledge of photography and digital imagery; strong visual, research and communication skills; and be detail-oriented. Although not an exhaustive list, the following projects will be the focus of the internship: processing archives; scanning slides and entering metadata; creating a cataloging system for archival samples; and digitizing, cataloging and re-housing original artwork. Experience with Photoshop and scanning equipment is required. Experience with FileMaker is preferred. Applicant must be a flexible thinker who has a passion and a mind for the nuances of conceptual work and the unique malleability of Gonzalez-Torres’ oeuvre.
June-August 2011 with possibility for long-term employment after 3 month unpaid trial period
Minimum commitment: 16 hours per week
Lunch is provided
To apply, please submit the following materials to Christy Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a brief statement of interest,
- a resume, and
- the names and contact information of two references (academic or professional)
NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis and those being considered will be contacted by the Foundation for an in-person interview.
The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation was established in 2002, and is dedicated to the promotion of visual and creative arts. In furtherance of this educational mission, the Foundation fosters appreciation and serious study of the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres among the general public, scholars and art historians, through activities such as sponsoring scholarly research, books and projects, and organizing public exhibitions of the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
This sounds like an interesting webinar series for anyone working with visual / image resources and other digital assets in library, museum, and nonprofit / corporate settings. And the series is FREE!
Earley & Associates presents a free 4-part Jumpstart webinar series dedicated to the strategic, organizational and technological challenges of Digital Asset Management (DAM). The series of 90-minute weekly webinars begins with laying the groundwork for building the business case for DAM, and subsequent sessions tackle marketing resource management, optimizing creative workflows, and the impact of taxonomy on asset reuse. We will close with an overview of the DAM vendor landscape, including tool selection considerations and the vendor selection process.
Dates: Thursdays, January 14-February 4, 2010
Time: 1:00-2:30pm Eastern
For session details and registration, please visit: http://bit.ly/63jfhn
“This tutorial covers how to add photo metadata, such as captions and keywords to digital images using Expression Media from Microsoft. This video is part of a series prepared by David Riecks, for the Stock Artists Alliance PhotoMetadata website – photometadata.org/ – created in partnership with the Library of Congress, Adobe and other project partners. The Stock Artists Alliance developed the Photo Metadata Project to promote industrywide use of standardized photo metadata in every digital file.Other tutorials in the series include Adobe Photoshop File Info for CS3 & CS4, Camera Bits Photo Mechanic, Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom. See the full series at photometadata.org/META-Tutorials “
employs a browser plugin to allow users to tag people in photos anywhere on the web. The startup uses those photos to construct a 3D image of the person, and then make educated guesses as to who is in untagged photos. The new version of Polar Rose will notify that friend on Facebook who has been tagged in a Flickr photo that they’ve been named in your photos. Your friends can decide if they want their name in public or not (until they sign up and decide for themselves, Polar Rose keeps their identity them private).
Megan Macken (Univ. of Chicago) conducted an interesting interview with Marshall Breeding last year. Towards the end of the interview, Breeding discusses his involvement with automated metadata in the realm of video.
Spotted by: Dilvie
De-lurking here. Finishing up my semester at Pratt, student project due on Cataloging Cultural Objects. If you can take a few minutes to answer as many of the questions as you can, maybe even add some comments, I’ll be very grateful. (Any responses you wish kept off the record will be honored.)
Thanks, Louis in Brooklyn.
1-Do you/your institution use CCO? If so, for how long? If not, any particular reasons?
2-If you don’t use CCO, how familiar are you with it? Self-study, or from other work/interests?
3-How effective are the CCO content standards? Also, do you find it easy to use/implement?
4-What are your favorite/least favorite features? (What do you like best/least about it?)
5-BIG one for my project: Have you seen users’ image searches improve with CCO? Why or why not?
(Any anecdotes, examples, will be extremely appreciated.)
6-CCO: Wave of the future? Or not enough to achieve goals?
7-How easy is CCO to use with other descriptive standards tools & metadata element sets?
8-Whether you use CCO or not, does your work entail more of documenting cultural objects or describing images of objects?
If there is anything you’d like to add that I haven’t addressed, please feel free to include.
Thanks in advance for everyone’s help! Hope I can either return the favor and/or pay it forward, and have a great holiday season, all!
Metadata for You & Me workshops address the needs of library, museum and cultural heritage professionals in the creation, development and use of interoperable or shareable descriptive metadata. The content of workshops is based on the Best Practices for Shareable Metadata, an initiative of the Digital Library Federation and the National Science Digital Library, that provides guidance for creating metadata that can be easily understood, processed and used outside of its local environment.
Registration is now open for the following dates:
Sept. 5 – Oct. 10
A 5 Week Online Course
September 20 or 21st
CDP@BCR – Denver, CO
$130/person (includes lunch)
Emory University – Atlanta, GA
$130/person (includes lunch)
Jennifer Trant writes that the second phase of the steve.museum tagging experiment has been deployed at
The steve tagger (a piece of open-source software) is a key tool in the IMLS-funded study of the contribution social tagging and folksonomy can make to on-line access to art collections. Throughout the experiment the tagger interface will vary; the results of tags will also be studied to see if they are:
- real words (by using word net)
- terms from the discipline (by using the AAT and ULAN)
- new to the museum (by comparing to museum documentation)
- appropriate to the work of art (by doing term-by-term review).
The results of the study will be shared with the community. If you’d like to participate, please come by. [it's ok if you don't work in an art museum -- and ok if you do!]
Go to http://tagger.steve.museum
- create an account [this is important for the research]
- Tag Art
Long-term planning for conference requires session approval, preventing discussion of new ideas. Last-minute and timely topics have been generated – emerging technologies this year.
Varying levels of experiences
Overview of technologies and their use
Resource librarian, global design firm Fitch
Rebecca Price, Univ. Michigan
Power to the People: Social Tagging
Sherman Clarke, Moderator
Lauren Cornell, Rhizome.org
Jenn Riley, Indiana University Digital Library Project
Ross Singer, Georgia Tech
Expanding Horizons: Developing and Accessing Diverse Collections
Friday May 28th, 2007 11:00 a.m.
Moderated by Laurel Bliss
Collaborative tagging, folksonomies, distributed classification or ethnoclassification: a literature reviewPosted: February 21, 2007 | |
Royal College of Music
London, United Kingdom
Library Student Journal,
Tagging, folksonomy, distributed classification, ethnoclassification—however it is labelled, the concept of users creating and aggregating their own metadata is gaining ground on the internet. This literature review briefly defines the topic at hand, looking at current implementations and summarizing key advantages and disadvantages of distributed classification systems with reference to prominent folksonomy commentators.
After considering whether distributed classification can replace expert catalogers entirely, it concludes that distributed classification can make an important contribution to digital information organisation, but that it may need to be integrated with more traditional organisation tools to overcome its current weaknesses.
- : data that provides information about other data
The word processing program also tracks and saves metadata such as the author of the document and how many copies have been printed.
Did you know?
It’s easy to find data on the source of “metadata”: the word was formed by combining “data” with “meta-,” which means “transcending” and is often used to describe a new but related discipline designed to deal critically with the original one. “Meta-” was first used in that way in “metaphysics” and has been extended to a number of other disciplines, giving us such words as “metapsychology” and “metamathematics.” “Metadata” takes the “transcending” aspect a step further, applying it to the concept of pure information instead of a discipline. “Metadata” is a fairly new word (it first appeared in print in 1983), whereas “data” can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century.
excerpted from Wired News:
The basic idea is that a slew of emerging technologies — RFID tags, wireless networking, portable devices hooked up to satellites, wearable computing — will make objects in the real world act like the internet currently does. They’ll be labeled, tagged, searchable and traceable, laden with tiny radio stations transmitting information to us, and storing information about us . . .
While libertarians and liberals wrestle with these issues (and wonder why these developments are always presented, years in advance of their full implementation, as faits accompli), aesthetes will have different concerns. One of the appeals of much visual art is that — unlike literature, which works with words and is distributed as a mass-produced commodity — art often plays on the irreducible specificity of objects, their uniqueness, their quiddity. Now, even if we could give every object in the world a unique address — and proponents of new 128-bit addressing system IPv6 claim it can give every grain of sand its own IP address — that’s still different from recognizing the uniqueness of every object. A label is a label; it reduces a three-dimensional, multi-textural thing to a number or word . . .
This is also interesting in the context of Chicago State University’s new library run by robots, as well as the discussion of RFID in libraries. I’m beginning to think librarianship requires a secondary interest in scifi!
I like the way they use tagging at 43things, although I haven’t looked closely enough to find out exactly how they’re doing it. I think it could be useful in a library, maybe for finding out what users want most from their library or community and why. It would, at least, be more fun than taking a survey.
If you stumble upon interesting uses of tags/bookmarks, please leave a comment. And, let us know your ideas for applying any of them to libraries.
Google Image Labeler, a new feature of Google Image Search, allows you to label random images to help improve the quality of Google’s image search results.