The Anatomy of Bibliomania

Special Collections cataloger at Tisch Library; opinions my own.

Jul 18
So I lied….we have been busy with MIRA this week, and I haven’t been able to get any traditional cataloging done.  To make up for it, I’ve uploaded my XSLTs for transformations into MIRA into Git for your viewing pleasure….
https://github.com/Alexandermay/XSLT-for-MARC-DCRMb
https://github.com/Alexandermay/EDT-to-MIRA
Of course, this may not be of interest to anyone but metadata librarians. However, I hope those metadata librarians following me will take a minute to review them and make suggestions for improving them.  In fact, suggestions comments, etc… are always welcome, regardless of whether it is XSLT/metadata or DCRMb/description.  I am fairly new to the profession, so I make mistakes, in fact a heck of a lot of them, and appreciate your help.

So I lied….we have been busy with MIRA this week, and I haven’t been able to get any traditional cataloging done.  To make up for it, I’ve uploaded my XSLTs for transformations into MIRA into Git for your viewing pleasure….

https://github.com/Alexandermay/XSLT-for-MARC-DCRMb

https://github.com/Alexandermay/EDT-to-MIRA

Of course, this may not be of interest to anyone but metadata librarians. However, I hope those metadata librarians following me will take a minute to review them and make suggestions for improving them.  In fact, suggestions comments, etc… are always welcome, regardless of whether it is XSLT/metadata or DCRMb/description.  I am fairly new to the profession, so I make mistakes, in fact a heck of a lot of them, and appreciate your help.


Jul 14
The link to one of the batch uploaded digital objects as promised. It’s a fun one, if a bit macabre, so take a moment to flip through it: http://dl.tufts.edu/catalog/tufts:12389

The link to one of the batch uploaded digital objects as promised. It’s a fun one, if a bit macabre, so take a moment to flip through it: http://dl.tufts.edu/catalog/tufts:12389


Jul 11
uispeccoll:

othmeralia:

From Edward Topsell’s The History of Four Footed Beasts and Serpents, published in 1658.  Topsell refers to the world of insects as the Theater of Insects, perhaps this little guy is leaving to take in a show!

Very fun GIF.

uispeccoll:

othmeralia:

From Edward Topsell’s The History of Four Footed Beasts and Serpents, published in 1658.  Topsell refers to the world of insects as the Theater of Insects, perhaps this little guy is leaving to take in a show!

Very fun GIF.


Just batch ingested 43 digital objects from the internet archive via an XSLT and templates (one to normalize MARCXML, the other to produce a file name) into production MIRA/Fedora and published to the Tufts Digital Library. Only hiccup is on the DL side in that the reader seems to be offline. (We put in a ticket and expect it to be fixed shortly.) As soon as the reader comes back online I’ll post a link to a sample object. The cool thing is we can start talking about scale of processing hundreds of records at a time, and for the first time Tisch Library is now a producing metadata department in the Fedora environment. Its been two years in the making, and as of today we have arrived. 

(Also, that is why there have been no pictures this week.  Next I promise I will make up for it with some newly acquired items!)


Jul 3

Prototype of a book cradle printed out at the Tufts Makerspace lab in Tisch Library.  Next week the students who are running it are going to help me design units based on this prototype that can be snapped together to form a cradle of any size.   I suspect we will also have to cover the tops with foam, but, that is part of the fun of a makerspace.


Jul 2
You are about to lose the rest of your afternoon … and you’re welcome in advance friends.   Behold: the Medieval Animal Data-Network, and it is as cool as it sounds… http://mad.hypotheses.org/

Thanks to Nadia Seiler for making me aware of this.

You are about to lose the rest of your afternoon … and you’re welcome in advance friends.   Behold: the Medieval Animal Data-Network, and it is as cool as it sounds… http://mad.hypotheses.org/

Thanks to Nadia Seiler for making me aware of this.


Jul 1

I really need to work on my signature…. and circle of friends.  Serge Charchoune’s presentation copy to Bill Copley.  Gift of Daniel U. Unger, Class of ‘92.


Jun 30
Mastering the art of color correction.  

Mastering the art of color correction.  


Jun 26

Norwich loan warrant for raising the Scots Money, 1643, with official signatures.  One leaf, small folio.


Jun 25

Hipster facial hair was a problem in 17th century England too…. Engravings by William Rogers and are from  from Tisch Library’s copy of Honor military, and ciuill….


A, E, I & double F…. Woodcut initials from Tisch Library’s copy of Honor military, and ciuill….


Jun 24
A [pleasantly unexpected] teaser for tomorrow.

A [pleasantly unexpected] teaser for tomorrow.


Jun 19

From Tisch Library’s An enquiry into the life and writings of Homer.  This book was used by Cori Russo in preparation of his master’s thesis, which you can find here.


Jun 18
For those who have been wondering, this is what our first piece of equipment looks like for in-house digitization.  The camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  We hope to start officially digitizing select items (ie, medium rare) in the next month or so, and I’ll link out as appropriate so you can compare images from my personal camera to the higher quality stuff.

For those who have been wondering, this is what our first piece of equipment looks like for in-house digitization.  The camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  We hope to start officially digitizing select items (ie, medium rare) in the next month or so, and I’ll link out as appropriate so you can compare images from my personal camera to the higher quality stuff.


Jun 17
From a recently re-covered and uncatalogued second copy of The faerie qveen, Gift of Anne Blanchard Tufts.  Thanks to Susanne Belovari, Collection Archivist, for alerting us to the existence of this gift.  It now sits happily next to the Welch gift of the same 1611 edition.

From a recently re-covered and uncatalogued second copy of The faerie qveen, Gift of Anne Blanchard Tufts.  Thanks to Susanne Belovari, Collection Archivist, for alerting us to the existence of this gift.  It now sits happily next to the Welch gift of the same 1611 edition.


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