Webinar on Linked Data: Green Library, August 25

All SULAIR staff are invited to attend this webinar:

Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
10:00-11:30 p.m.
Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) are pleased to announce a new educational partnership, starting with an educational webinar on Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data.

Created in 1995, the Dublin Core was a result of the early phase of the web revolution. While most saw the Dublin Core as a simple metadata format, or as a set of descriptive headers embedded in web pages, a few of its founders saw it as a cornerstone of a fundamentally new approach to metadata. In the shadow of search engines, a Semantic Web approach developed in the early 2000s, reaching maturity in 2006 with the Linked Data movement, which uses Dublin Core as one of its key vocabularies.

This webinar will discuss the difference between traditional approaches based on record formats and the Linked Data approach, based on metadata "statements" designed to be merged across data silo boundaries. Focusing on the dual role of Dublin Core as a format and as a Semantic Web vocabulary, the webinar will discuss new technologies for bridging the gap between traditional and Linked Data approaches, highlighting how old ideas such as embedded metadata have been reinvented with new web technologies and tools to solve practical problems of resource discovery and navigation.

Speakers and Topics

  • Dublin Core in the Early Web Revolution: Makx Dekkers, Managing Director and CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Ltd. (DCMI). Makx will describe how the early history of the Dublin Core illustrates an emerging split between two quite different paradigms for metadata -- one based on closed systems and record formats and the other based on recombinational metadata with an "open-world" assumption.
  • What Makes the Linked Data Approach Different: Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer, DCMI Ltd. Tom will demonstrate how metadata can be designed for merging across the boundaries of repositories and data silos.
  • Designing Interoperable Metadata on Linked Data Principles: Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer, DCMI Ltd. Tom will explain how good metadata design is rooted in well-articulated requirements and how the interoperability of metadata depends on shared underlying vocabularies in the context of a shared "grammar" for metadata.
  • Bridging the Gap to the Linked Data Cloud: Makx Dekkers, Managing Director and CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Ltd. (DCMI). Makx will describe how existing metadata applications can participate in the Linked Data cloud with emphasis on the role of simple, generic vocabularies such as the Dublin Core in providing a common denominator for interoperability.

Roy Viado Promoted to Art Operations Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Roy Viado from Evening Supervisor to Operations Manager at the Art & Architecture Library, effective July 1, filling the vacancy created by the departure of David Platt. Roy served as Evening Supervisor for the last three years and has extensive experience in Stanford Libraries as the Assistant Head of Access Services and Course Reserves (Lane Medical Library), Head of Course Reserves (Meyer Library), and Circulation/Reserves and Media Supervisor (Meyer Library).

Please join us in congratulating Roy on his new position. All communications formerly sent to David regarding access issues, course reserves, technical services, etc. and so on, should now go to Roy (; 650.723.9473).

Peter Blank
Head, Art & Architecture Library

NPR Features Stanford's New Bookless Engineering Library

photo of library stacks

National Public Radio's Morning Edition program had a feature today on our new bookless Engineering Library. You can read it (or listen to it) here.

From the story:

In 2005, when the university realized it was running out space for its growing collection of 80,000 engineering books, administrators decided to build a new library. But instead of creating more space for books, they chose to create less.
The new library is set to open in August with 10,000 engineering books on the shelves — a decrease of more than 85 percent from the old library. Stanford library director Michael Keller says the librarians determined which books to keep on the shelf by looking at how frequently a book was checked out. They found that the vast majority of the collection hadn't been taken off the shelf in five years.
Keller expects that, eventually, there won't be any books on the shelves at all.
"As the world turns more and more, the items that appeared in physical form in previous decades and centuries are appearing in digital form," he says.

Chris Matson
Information Center

Engineering Library Closes: July 9-August 2, 2010

Engineering LibraryThe Engineering Library will close July 9th at 5:00pm and re-open August 2nd at 9:00am in our new location. This is a reminder to all staff that the Engineering Library is closing on Friday, July 9th to move to its new location in the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.

Course reserves for Engineering, Computer Science and Physics/Applied Physics courses are at Green Library for the Summer Term. We are directing all holds, pick-ups and assistance with fines, bills and blocked accounts to Green Library.

A detailed list of alternative service options is on the attached flyer, which we encourage all service points to print and distribute as needed. A copy can also be found online at this URL:

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (732-0001) or by email.

Helen Josephine
Head, Engineering Library

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SULAIR Job Opportunities - July 6, 2010

SULAIR has the following new positions:

Data Control (Catalog Maintenance) Specialist, Stanford University Libraries (#38901)

Application Software Developer, HighWire Press (#38918)

Digital Medieval Manuscript Specialist (#38917)

Customer Technical Support Representative, HighWire Press (#38820)

For a complete description of open positions within SULAIR, go to the Stanford Jobs page, select University Libraries from the Job Search/Location: list, and then click on the Search button.

Editorial Staff

*** Reference Question of the Week - July 6, 2010 ***

Question: I need to have an exam proctored. Does the library offer such a service?

Answer: Green Library does not provide exam proctoring services but you can take a look here at a list of libraries in the area that offer proctoring services for members of the public.

To contribute to the Reference Question of the Week feature of SULAIR News, submit your question and answer as an article to SULAIR News.

Editorial Staff

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