March 22, 2004

Want to implement the LC subject headings for your home collection? Using XML? Sounds daunting? Check out The Library of Congress Comes Home by Kendall Grant Clark from O'Reilly's site. This is sort of a teaser article for next month, when he promises to go into the nitty-gritty, but he does tackle some interesting points, like why LC and not Dewey. In all, this has to be one of the most interesting articles about what libraries really are I've every read outside the library literature. A sample quote:

What can we say about lending libraries from the perspective of information management? Libraries, including some personal ones, are dijalog (simultaneously digital & analog - JD) institutions. Libraries are (1) chunks of physical space, (2) highly organized and regimented, which exist, in part, to facilitate (3) the navigation of a virtual space, in this case, the information space of all (ideally, anyway) recorded human knowledge.

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