I’ve begun loading a selection of photos to HistoryPin, which is a “way for people to come together to share and celebrate local history. It consists of a shared archive, a mutually supportive community and a collaborative approach to engagement with local history.” HistoryPin allows us to share our collections in a new way by making it easier to see images in geographic and historical context by way of timelines and Google StreetView mashups.

I uploaded a group of San Francisco photos to start, including a group of gorgeous Lothars & Young prints of the SF waterfront and Sea Cliff neighborhood in the 1920s, as well as some featuring Sonoma County residents, including the late Petaluma Library librarian Maxine Kortum, shown above outside the SF Main Library about 1948. Photos can be “pinned” to a collection (including collections other members create) and arranged for tours. We will pin more photos to the SF collection as well as to other collections as time allows. In the meantime, HP members from around the world have uploaded tons and tons of great images and more that tell stories of their communities — have fun exploring!

Enki-Logo_RGB_Web_Small_Contained-TRANSI’ve just added another 4000 e-books to the Sonoma County Library catalog –available through enki Library, “the first statewide eBook platform created by libraries for libraries.” We started offering this resource early in 2015, but enki has added many new collections and titles since then — now 54 collections strong and growing… I’ve been involved as a consultant in cataloging and quality control since summer 2015. The base records are created by translating the publisher ONIX metadata into MARC. Since even the fairly sophisticated algorithms used to translate the metadata produces somewhat funky records, one of my main contributions has been creating versions of all collections and record sets with ehancements:

  • Making records RDA compliant
  • Authorized headings for authors (mostly limited to well-known authors such as H. G. Wells, Dickens, Austin, etc.)
  • Correct formatting for all personal names
  • Cleaning up records generated with the publisher as author, e.g., Britannica Online
  • Adding biographee subject headings for biographies
  • Correcting e-ISBNs to prevent overlays when importing into a local system
  • Properly formatted series statements for series created by single authors (to the extent practical)
  • Cleanup of HTML formatting in summaries
  • Adding select subject headings for biographies
  • Adding “cover” image links

We still could improve on the visibility and marketing. Enki includes many great titles, including collections of classics and even IRS tax forms (no check-out limit for either). Good stuff!