International and Comparative Librarianship

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S. R. Ranganathan, P. N. Kaula, R. N. Sharma, J. F. Harvey, D. J. Foskett, J. P. Danton, M. M. Jackson, etc.
This Blogosphere has a slant towards India [a.k.a Indica, Indo, South-Asian, Oriental, Bharat, Hindustan, Asian-Indian (not American Indian)].

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amazon's Cataloging Job: Without LIS & Metadata Education!

Ads -- Browse the basic  qualifications at Amazon’s Catalog group needs (part of the search and discovery organization); minus LIS' (i.e., skills, education, expertise, etc.)
  • Digital Music Catalog Specialist, Amazon Digital Music


    - Diligent work ethic and attention to detail
    - Strong personal integrity
    - Excellent written and oral communication
    - Familiarity with managing product flow in a digital supply chain – maximizing efficiency, reducing cycle time, maintaining quality, etc.
    - Customer Service and Technical Support experience preferred.
    - Strong technical aptitude and expertise with MS Windows, MS Office tools including MS-Excel. Experience with SQL a plus.
    - Familiarity with common digital media formats and digital transmission methods such as FTP and SFTP
    - Team player with demonstrated capability to work in a cross-functional environment.
    - Ability to work with technical and non-technical business owners to get things done.
    - College degree or equivalent work experience preferred up to 2 years; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    - Able to diagnose technical issues on a variety of platforms and tools in order to address and troubleshoot chronic system problems.
  • Software Engineer, Catalog Product Classification

    Bachelor’s Degree or above in Computer Science or related field
    5+ years’ professional experience in software development
    Strong Computer Science fundamentals, including object-oriented design, data structures, algorithm design, and complexity analysis
    Strong problem solving skills
    Proficiency in at least one object-oriented programming language such as Java
    Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    Experience building software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers

  • Technical Program Manager - Item Data Authority

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Math or related field
    • 5+ years professional experience in software development
    • 3+ years in technical program management (Experience owning a program/product/feature, scoping requirements, planning milestones, project management and working with technical teams)
    • 2+ years of experience in data collection (SQL) and data analysis (scripting language like Perl, Python or similar)
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    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in Computer science/Math or related field
    • 7+ years professional experience in software development
    • 5+ years in technical program management (Experience owning a program/product/feature, scoping requirements, planning milestones, project management and working with technical teams)
    • Proven analytical thinking, skills in metrics creation and project management, attention to details, and exceptional organizational skills
    • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    • Strong fundamentals in object-oriented design, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
    • Experience with Scrum or Agile development a plus
    • High level familiarity with data mining or machine learning
    On  the same shelf:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Library of the Future of 2000 as envisioned by Lydia de Queiroz Sambaquy in 1972 @ Ideas for Libraries

Extract:

Ideas for libraries aims to maintain the will and efforts of people like Lydia de Queiroz Sambaquy (1913-2006), a brazilian librarian, which was a very active supporter of the development and progress of libraries and scientific documentation in Brazil.
She studied Librarianship at the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, the first in Brazil, and also at the University of Columbia in 1941 and 1942. She fought for the recognition of the importance of libraries for Brazil, often in charge of librarianship activities and scientific documentation in the country since 1945.
In her article entitled “The Library of the Future” published in 1972 (see it here, in portuguese: https://medium.com/@morenovsky/a-biblioteca-do-futuro-35424c095d4e), Sambaquy reports that she would like to have a time machine to visit a library in the year 2000 and have a glimpse of how they would be:: continue reading

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

You’ve probably never heard of this creepy genealogy site. But it knows a lot about you: Familytreenow.com --- The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com

There are many “people search” sites and data brokers out there, like Spokeo, or Intelius, that also know a lot about you. This is not news, at least for the Internet-literate. And the information on FamilyTreeNow comes largely from the public records and other legally accessible sources that those other data brokers use. What makes FamilyTreeNow stand out on the creepy scale, though, is how easy the site makes it for anyone to access that information all at once, and free.

Profiles on FamilyTreeNow include the age, birth month, family members, addresses and phone numbers for individuals in their system, if they have them. It also guesses at their “possible associates,” all on a publicly accessible, permalink-able page. It’s possible to opt out, but it’s not clear whether doing so actually removes you from their records or (more likely) simply hides your record so it’s no longer accessible to the public.

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  • If you live in North America, there are lots of sites like this. For example, whitepages.com (whitepages.ca), peekyou.com, truthfinder.com, spokeo.com, etc.
  • Use Directories to Search the Invisible Web
    Here are just a few, samples:
    • The University of Michigan has put together OAIster, (pronounced "oyster") and encourages you to "find the pearls" on the Invisible Web. They have millions of records from more than 405 institutions as diverse as African Journals Online and the Library Network of Western Switzerland.
    • LookSmart's Find Articles.com lets you search print publications for articles; anything from popular magazines to scholarly journals. Be sure to check out their Furl tool to organize your Invisible Web search snippets.
    • The Library Spot is a collection of databases, online libraries, references, and other good info from the Invisible Web. Be sure to check out their "You Asked For It" section, where popular readers' questions are featured.
    • The US Government's official web portal is FirstGov.gov, an extremely deep (as in lots of content) site. You could spend hours here. It's interesting to note how much stuff you can get done online here as well, such as renew your driver's license, shop government auctions, and contact elected officials.
    • Search the vast holding of the UCLA Library online, including their special collections only found on the Invisible Web.
    • Check out Infoplease.com and its searchable Invisible Web databases. Results come from encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and other online resources only found on the Invisible Web.
    • The Central Intelligence Agency has the World Factbook, a searchable directory of flags of the world, reference maps, country profiles, and much, much more. Great for geography buffs or anyone who wants to learn more about their world.
    • University of Idaho has created this Repository of Primary Sources, which contains links to manuscripts, archives, rare books, and much more. Covers not only the United States, but countries all over the world.
    • Lund University Libraries maintains the Directory of Open Access Journals, a collection of searchable scientific and scholarly journals on the Invisible Web.
    • Looking for scientific information on the Invisible Web? Go to Scirus.com first. You can search either scholarly sources or Web sources or both.
    • Canada, ay? Then check out the Archival Records of Alberta. This is a web gateway to photographs, census records, and other archival records.
    • Want to find a plant that will survive overwatering, lack of sunlight, and general forgetfulness? You can probably find something in the USDA's Plants Databaseon the Invisible Web.
    • The Human Genome Database contains anything you would ever want to know..well, about the human genome on the Invisible Web, at least.

  • Friday, December 16, 2016

    The 204-year-old Madras Literary Society in Chennai is getting a new lease of life, BBC

    A new lease of life for a 200-year-old Indian library

    The Madras Literary Society library located in the centre of the south Indian city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras.
    It houses more than 55,000 books, including a huge collection of tomes that are between 150 and 300 years old.
    From outside, the imposing red brick building, which was constructed in 1905, looks like something out of a British period movie.
    The architectural style is typical of the Indo-Saracenic movement, favoured by the architects of British India in the late 19th Century.
    Continue reading @ BBC

    On the same shelf:  Librarianship and Library Science in India : An outline of historical perspectives. (Mohamed Taher and Donald Davis) New Delhi , Concept Publishing,1994 Amazon.com


    Sunday, October 09, 2016

    Rising from the ashes, Jaffna Public library writes new chapters, by Meera Srinivasan

    The library has 30,000 titles, low in comparison to the nearly 1,00,000 books it housed until 1981, The Hindu 

    Saturday, August 20, 2016

    The secret libraries of history, BBC


    "After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries."
    Highlights:
    • French sinologist Paul Pelliot in the Library Cave at Dunhuang in 1908 reading the manuscripts (Credit: The Musée Guimet)
    •   The Vatican Secret Archives includes Pope Leo X’s 1521 decree excommunicating Martin Luther (Credit: Capitoline Museums, Rome)
    • Solomon Schechter recognised the significance of the manuscripts in the Cairo genizah (Credit: Wikipedia)
    • Historian Erik Kwakkel discovered “hidden libraries” within Medieval book bindings (Credit: Erik Kwakkel)  ... continue reading the full article
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