Archive for October 2008

News from American Libraries

October 17, 2008

George M. Eberhart, Editor, American Libraries Direct, has sent an email blast to library bloggers asking us to announce the following:

1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at .


2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.


3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to . First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to . Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround, , to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.

 I feel honored to be included in the blast.


October 15, 2008 is a project that has been discussed in the recent past on NGC4LIB.  For a brief explanation that begins

This is an experimental service that makes the Library of Congress Subject Headings available as linked-data using the SKOS vocabulary. The goal of is to encourage experimentation and use of LCSH on the web with the hopes of informing a similar effort at the Library of Congress to make a continually updated version available.

as well as acess to the dataset, go here.

For a more detailed explanation about the project, see the paper Ed Summers presented at DC 2008 entitled LCSH, SKOS and Linked Data.

Bernhard Eversberg has used the dataset created by to help users of the database at Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig search by authorized heading when they only know the keyword, by starting their search here.