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Blogs about catalogs and cataloging

I'd like start a series of posts here to spotlight some of the best blogs written by (mostly) and for librarians. In this inaugural post, I'll focus on some of the blogs that are mostly or entirely about cataloging issues or about library catalogs.

David Bigwood from the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, covers "library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access, and related topics."

Cataloging Futures
Christine Schwartz, a cataloger from the Princeton Theology Seminary, has only just launched her blog this April but has gotten off to a great start by linking to key documents and blog posts relating to the debates over RDA and the future of bibliographic control.

Coyle's InFormation
A digital libraries consultant, Karen Coyle launched her blog in 2006. She frequently weighs in on the RDA debate and on digital books.

Digiblog: The ALCTS Blog
The official blog of the ALCTS division of the ALA.

The FRBR Blog
This is William Denton's laudatory effort to gather in one spot news and links to all notable developments in the world of FRBR.

Hectic Pace
Best known for his monthly column in American Libraries, Technically Speaking, and for his role in the creation of the brilliant catalog at North Carolina State University, Andrew Pace covers the more newsy stories that used to be in his monthly column.

Lorcan Dempsey's weblog
A member of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control and a researcher at OCLC, Dempsey frequently writes about metadata.

The chief scientist at OCLC, Thom Hickey has lately been writing a lot about WorldCat Identities.

Richard Wallis, who works for the ILS vendor, Talis, has been blogging here since August 2004.

Billed as "Thingology is LibraryThing's ideas blog, on the philosophy and methods of tags, libraries and suchnot," the posts frequently touch on the debates over what the next generation catalog should look like.

"Self-plagiarism is style"
Davey Pattern is the Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield (UK). He made a splash in the blogosphere recently with his survey of what librarians think of their catalogs and what they'd like to see those catalogs begin doing.

Weibel Lines
Stuart Weibel is a senior research scientist at OCLC who not only writes well on the issues of Internet standards (including metadata) but also adds nice photos to each blog post.

In future posts in this series, I'll turn to blogs that focus on reference services, web design, library marketing, and more. Please add your comments about any blogs I've neglected here.

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posted by Stephen Francoeur on Monday, April 23, 2007