Publications and Talks
- “Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World.” The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. Ed. Kenneth J. Varnum. Forthcoming (spring 2014).
- On Dentographs, A New Method of Visualizing Library Collections in The Code4Lib Journal 16 (2012).
- Review of The History of the Library in Western Civilization vol. 4: From Cassiodorus to Furnival: Classical and Christian Letters, Schools and Libraries in the Monasteries, Universities, Western Book Centres by Konstantinos Sp. Staikos. Papers of the Bibliographic Society of Canada 49.2 (Fall 2011).
- Usability Testing of VuFind at an Academic Library, with Sarah J. Coysh. Library Hi Tech 29.2 (2011).
- Jan 2011. Review of Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions by Yin Zhang and Athena Salaba, in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 49 (1). DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2011.531237
- Jan 2009. The One Big Library Unconference, with Stacy Allison-Cassin, in Access (Winter 2009).
- Oct 2008. “Survival of the Fistest,” review of Darwin’s Nightmare by Mike Knowles, in Driven (Oct 2008).
- Dec 2007. FRBR and the History of Cataloging (211 KB PDF), my chapter in Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools, edited by Arlene Taylor (2007) (ISBN 9781591585091).
- 2006: Review of FRBR: Hype or Cure-All? (ed. Patrick Le Boeuf) in portal: Libraries and the Academy 6:2.
- Jun 2013. On Dentographs, at OLITA Digital Odyssey.
- Jun 2011. Divisiveness, Communication Failure, and Boundary Wars as Tragicomedy, with Adam Taves, at a RUSA pre-conference workshop before ALA 2011, New Orleans, LA.
- Jun 2011. Getting Started with R, Code4Lib North, Hamilton, ON.
- Oct 2010. After Launching Search and Discovery, Who Is Mission Control? with Adam Taves, Access 2010, Winnipeg, MB.
- Jun 2009. At Their Fingertips: Customized Library Resources in Course Management Systems and Student Portals with Sarah Coysh, Canadian Library Association 2009, Montreal, PQ.
- Feb 2009. What We Talk About When We Talk About FRBR with Jodi Schneider, Code4Lib 2009, Providence, RI.
- Jan 2009. One Big Library with Stacy Allison-Cassin, OLA Super Conference 2009, Toronto.
- Feb 2008. “FRBR: Who’s Using It and What Can I Expect Next?” at OLA Super Conference 2008, Toronto.
- Nov 2006. At Access 2006 I had a chat with Dan Chudnov as part of his Library Geeks podcast series. Library Geeks 008 - FRBR and OpenFRBR has the show notes with some links and a correction to a mistake I made about Canadian history (the Last Spike wasn’t gold and it was placed in 1885). You can subscribe to the podcast feed to get all the shows, or just listen to our talk about FRBR and OpenFRBR (38.5 MB MP3, 85 minutes). I really enjoyed meeting Dan and having the talk.
- Dec 2005. Over on The FRBR Blog, I posted an abbreviated audio recording of a lecture I gave about FRBR to a cataloguing class in December 2005. Also available are my slides and the handout. (The recording is abbreviated because the batteries in the recording gizmo ran out of juice after 17 minutes.)
My Old Library School Papers
I wrote these for courses at the Faculty of Information (then the Faculty of Information Studies) at the University of Toronto. They’re pretty old now, but I do encourage students in any program to think about publishing some of their work. Chat with your professors or a librarian (especially one who knows about scholarly communication and open access) to find out more about issues involved.
- FRBR and Fundamental Cataloguing Rules (2003). Now made obsolete by a book chapter.
- How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web (2003) and Putting Facets on the Web: An Annotated Bibliography“ (2003) go together. I did them for a reading course with Prof. Clare Beghtol called Applying Faceted Classification in an Online World. I show, with examples, how to design a faceted classification system.
- Book Numbers (2003). An essay I wrote. Book numbers are part of a book’s call number, added by a librarian so that a given copy of a book will have one precise place it should be on the shelf and it won’t get confused with any other book in the library.
- Review of E.J. Devereux’s A Bibliography of John Rastell (2005).