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5 Surprising Things Librarians Often Do
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While librarians seem to be immersed in the world of books, they actually have a lengthy job description that might surprise patrons. Constantly on their feet and bustling about, they have their pulse on the library. Here are five surprising duties you’ll find librarians performing.

1. Assisting Patrons in Unique Ways
2. Lending Things You Wouldn’t Expect
3. Community Classes and Support Services
4. Organizing and Promoting Events
5. Dealing with Unusual Issues

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Library Robot Coming to Welsh University
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At Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, users will soon have a novel means of consulting the catalog at the college’s Hugh Owen Library. Rather than typing their request, or asking a reference librarian, students can be led to the title they’re looking for by a robot with access to all of the library’s holdings.

Developed by a team of Aberystwyth students, a prototype of the robot, named Hugh, made its debut this February at BCS Show and Tell, a gathering of technologists from around the region. The robot is designed to listen to spoken requests from students, parse them by applying its artificial intelligence to the catalog, and then guide them to the title they need.

Hugh is designed to exhibit what’s called “narrow artificial intelligence”—in other words, being very good at a restricted range of tasks. Similar robots could one day make themselves useful in various settings, carrying out specialized duties. If the library version of Hugh is a success, plans are in place to continue development on a second iteration for use in hospitals and other medical settings... ... ...

Read full article: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/03/technology/library-robot-coming-to-welsh-university/

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public domain art freely available under Creative Commons Zero
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The release will enable anyone, anywhere, to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/02/07/the-met-public-art-creative-commons/


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Former National Library of France reopens after a decade of renovation work #LIBRARIANSHIPSTUDIES

the former site of france’s national library has reopened after years of renovation work by architects bruno gaudin and virginie brégal. located at rue de richelieu in paris, the historic complex houses the collections and reading rooms of the manuscripts department, the maps and plans branch, the coins, medals and antiques bureau, and the performing arts office. since 1993, the quadrangle has also been home to the french national art history library.

in the early 2000s, it was decided that the aging building had become unsuitable for the demands of the 21st century, and a major overhaul was planned. with work starting in 2011, bruno gaudin’s architecture firm was responsible for the project’s general management, while the restoration of the listed ‘salle labrouste’ was entrusted to jean-françois lagneau. to keep the library partially open, the renovation has been divided into two phases, with the second stage set to complete in 2020.

in order to gain as much information as possible, the architects completed exhaustive historical and structural studies. striking a balance between restoration and contemporary addition, bruno gaudin’s office developed different typologies of ‘weaves’, which set up a variety of dialogs between architecture, history, and technique... ...

Read full article: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/richelieu-quadrangle-restoration-paris-national-library-france-bruno-gaudin-virginie-bregal-01-26-2017/

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Implementation of the LRM in RDA
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The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) agreed at its November 2016 meeting to adopt the draft IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) as a conceptual model for the development of RDA: Resource Description and Access, replacing the Functional Requirements family of models (FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD) that are superseded by the LRM.

Although the LRM is not yet approved and published by IFLA, the RSC wishes to be proactive at this stage because the final draft submitted for approval is not expected to undergo significant changes. The RSC will continue to monitor the LRM through its protocol with the FRBR Review Group.

The RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign (3R) Project will aim for compatibility between the current RDA entities and elements and the LRM, and will use the LRM to guide the development of RDA Toolkit for international, cultural heritage, and linked data communities. The consolidation of gaps and inconsistencies in the preceding conceptual models gives the opportunity for the long-awaited evolution of the treatment of agents, aggregates, and other under-developed areas of RDA. The first significant impacts of the LRM will appear in the April 2018 release of RDA Toolkit.

This announcement gives an initial indication of what those impacts will be. Except where specifically noted, the RSC does not expect current interpretation and application of RDA to be changed. Instead, additional methods for creating and maintaining coherent RDA data will become available.

Three completely new entities will be added to RDA: Collective Agent, Nomen, and Time-span. Two other entities that are already implicit in RDA, Agent and Place, will be added and consolidated... ...

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