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Uncontrolled Vocabulary #48 – There’s no veil of secrecy going on here.

July 2, 2008

Uncontrolled Vocabulary #48 is now available for download. Here’s a direct link to the mp3.

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On the call:

Greg Schwartz, Louisville Free Public Library
Laura Crossett, Park County (WY) Library System
Robin Hastings, Missouri River Regional Library
Daniel Johnson Jr.

Links to the show topics:

1. Twitter: Well, he don’t beat me (Tinfoil+Raccoon)
The Uncontrolled Vocabulary Friendfeed Room

2. How Google Used Librarians…and Got Away With It (Library Stuff)

3. Why Sentence Case for Titles? (Library Journal)

4. Subject Experts Need Not Apply (Chronicle of Higher Education)

5. The Need for a Frame Bending Change (Lakewood Observer)
Library AV registration process? (Lakewood Observer)

On the agenda, but not discussed:
‘Endangered Species’: Black Male Librarian (NPR)
The New LJ Index (Library Journal)
A Tangled Info Web (Newsweek)
10 Most Followed Librarians on Twitter (School Library Journal)


From → Episodes

  1. Thanks for having me on the show last night, Greg! It was very interesting.

  2. Thanks for taking part, Daniel. It was great to have you on the call.

  3. Unfortunately, I think you completely missed the point of my post. I wasn’t expecting catalogers to spend time changing the title from sentence case to title case, but simply record the title as it is on the item, which is almost exclusively title case. In other words, catalogers are spending time trying to figure out if there are any proper nouns, embedded titles, etc. NOW rather than simply recording it as is.

  4. Roy, thanks for listening. I would never claim to completely grok anything anyone writes, but we DID talk about recording the info as presented. I pointed out (at around 30:30) that one of the issues with recording the title as presented on the title page is that, in many cases, the title is all caps. So I think it’s kinda harsh to suggest that we COMPLETELY missed the point. A little late, but we got there.

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