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Today's Funny du Jour

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/25/18 (7:02pm)

[At the Salvation Army book section]: Not sure if the Chicago Manual of Style fits in with the other tour guides to Chicago. Will have to talk to Cataloging at the Salvation Army.


Something funny about that article title...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/21/17 (12:47pm)

Something funny about that article title...


The Gift to Be Indexing

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/29/16 (11:21am)

Indexing? It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it. That said, I largely agree with the sentiment expressed below. I guess the way I would express it isn't "reflecting how the reader thinks" so much as establishing categories (or stepping stones?) of content that the reader can then plow through.

The role of the index in digital products has become a subject of heated debate when information professionals gather to formalize standards. Some publishers and authors are under the misguided impression that a full-text search can replace the traditional subject index. The American Society for Indexing (ASI) has spent the last few years reminding the world that a good index is not just a concordance; it adds value to a digital object beyond the basic word search. An index created by a good indexer reflects how the reader thinks and offers entry points that may not be written in the text. With increased attention on analytics and search, there is also a strong argument to be made that indexes are more important for digital publications than print ones.

Badgett, Nan. Medford, NJ. "A Review of "The Accidental Indexer", Information Today, 2015, 240 pp.


This Week in Library of Congress Subject Headings: 'Pewter as an Investment'. Who knew?


Aggregation without Consolidation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/21/13 (2:50pm)

Aggregation without Consolidation -- can lead to confusion. Check it out...


I Love VuFind

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/19/10 (1:41pm)

ilovevufind.jpg Hats off to the people who put VuFind together and then to the group who implemented it on I-Share. It's such an improvement!


Can a Book be "Not Charged"?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/20/09 (4:05pm)

I'm just coming to grips with the recent upgrade to "Version 7" of the Voyager Book Catalog at DePaul.

I love the use of facets to limit search results but I really wonder if they're going to stick with the status "Not Charged" for books available and on the shelf. It's probably not what most people think when they're headed to the stacks.


Citation of the Month

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/7/07 (2:25am)

Courtesy of ArticleFirst: "Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods: Progressive City Government in Chicago: 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel. 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel.