I just had the most intense week of metadata and imaging immersion. I had a great time, and I have a long list of ideas and strategies to apply to work. It’s probably been the single most important week to my professional development so far. I know it’s easy to feel overly enthusiastic after certain professional development experiences, but seriously: I had access to some of the best minds in my field, including the sage-like instructors and my own just-starting-out peers.
Some things I want to do:
- Start focusing more heavily on metadata standards
- Work on cleaning up some of our legacy metadata (which will involve some metadata acrobatics, especially in our fields for “location” and “repository,” which will need to be combined).
- Become very, very familiar with the Getty Vocabularies.
- Start doing more automatic image correction in SilverFast, rather than working so much in Photoshop
- Explore metadata sharing. This could be huge. HUGE.
- Start looking into working with LIS students to improve our catalog
- Consider the possibilities of implementing user-created tags in our catalog (will this work? What is the critical mass needed to support useful tags?)
- Look into consortial licensing of images with other collections in the region (if they can do this with database subscriptions, why are we not doing it with images?)
- Figure out something OAIster-like that could be used to harvest and disseminate metadata.
So, yeah, I think I have a busy week ahead of me. But I’m feeling really good about what I do, and what I can do.
Indiana is humid. It wasn’t too hot, though. I ended up getting pretty sick towards the end of the week, and had a moderately humiliating ride to an emergency clinic with the two ultimate sages in the field. I’m okay now. I guess it’s one form of accidental networking — not the form I would prefer.
Do any of you know someone who needs a roommate for 9-12 months starting in September? I’ve mentioned before that my sister is leaving. I really like our two-bedroom apartment, but I can’t afford it by myself. It’s a cute place, well-located and cheap for two people. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed, and while cats are, it seems a little small for two people and an animal. Let me know if you know someone who might be interested, and I can e-mail you with more details.