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Online Continuing Education Class Sequence in XML and RDF

October 22, 2013

If I had a) time and b) money, I would certainly be considering taking the classes for the Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems at Library Juice Academy.  It starts next February, and comprises 6 4-week sessions at $175 a pop. It’s taught by Robert Chavez, who has a PhD in Classical Studies and worked at Perseus for 8 years. Course descriptions for each session are available at the link, and they seem pretty hands-on – like you might actually build stuff, not just talk about it. Library Juice does continuing education classes, all online and asynchronous, for library professionals.

Note I have no personal experience with Library Juice and don’t know Robert Chavez, but boy those classes look just right for someone who’s interested in LAWDI and Linked Open Data and is not a great self-starter in terms of teaching oneself technical stuff (i.e., me). If only I had a) time and b) professional development money.

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Classics Lives at the Public Library

August 8, 2013

This is just a short note to mention that I started working at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as the Grants Resource Librarian, a part of the Information and Reference Department, in mid-April.  I’ve learned all sorts of new things working in a large urban public library, but one thing that I’ve been surprised by is how regularly patrons ask for information about classical topics!  In the less than four months I’ve worked here my classics-related contacts have included:

  • a patron interested in Greek grammars; we discussed how the Dewey call number system treats ancient Greek language materials in some detail
  • a patron interested in teaching himself Aramaic
  • a patron, aged 13, looking for an ancient Greek dictionary
  • two 7th graders looking for works on specific buildings in Rome (Cincinnati’s magnet high school, Walnut Hills High School, has a very well-regarded mandatory latin program; I turned out to know their teacher)
  • a high school student looking for research on the Trojan war
  • a patron who wanted latin learning materials (apparently for self-teaching) and a text to work with (I was only passing by on this one, but I think we set him up with a Loeb of Caesar’s Gallic Wars)
  • a patron wanting text-book style overviews of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilization (who was reading for pleasure and self-education and mentioned that decades ago she had read the entirety of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall!)

Pretty impressive, right?  Despite crotchety commentary in the press and online about how public libraries are only interested in serving entertainment and pablum to the public, I can attest that we are also promoting classical studies!

 

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Are Research Papers Worthwhile?

April 21, 2011

I’ve been thinking about Barbara Fister’s recent blog post arguing that the “research paper” isn’t working as an assignment for undergraduates.  While I agree with her that excessive focus on the mechanics of citation styles causes unnecessary stress for many students, I am more ambivalent about statements like this:

I have long agreed with Richard Larson who wrote way back in 1982 that the research paper as taught in college is an artificial genre, one that works at cross-purposes to actually developing respect for evidence-based reasoning, a measured appreciation for negotiating ideas that are in conflict, or original thought.

I do have a lot of sympathy for this paragraph, though, since I regularly see struggling students with these problems:

I hate it when students who have hit on a novel and interesting way of looking at an issue tell me they have to change their topic because they can’t find sources that say exactly what they plan to say. I try to persuade them otherwise, but they believe that original ideas are not allowed in “research.” How messed up is that? The other and, sadly, more frequent reference desk winch-making moment involves a student needing help finding sources for a paper he’s already written. Most commonly, students pull together a bunch of sources, many of which they barely understand on a topic they know little about, and do their best to mash the contents up into the required number of pages.

I don’t think the blame is to be placed on the research paper as an assignment, but I do think many undergraduates need a lot of support along the way if they are to write good research papers.  Finding a workable thesis, finding and understanding appropriate scholarly sources, and writing a competent argument are discrete tasks that each require multiple skills; I have trouble covering just the research piece in an hour-long library instruction session.

I do think there are valuable assignments at the undergraduate and even graduate levels that help teach many research paper skills without technically being research papers. In one undergraduate class, I was assigned several papers where the topic was a question, required to be used as the title of the (short) paper and answered within it, using scholarly sources which I had to find.  In another, we were given a controversial topic and a short bibliography of scholarly sources with contrasting viewpoints and required to write a paper assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments.  These types of assignment help teach some of the skills that a research paper does – analysis, critical thinking, and writing a persuasive argument.  Other assignments could be devised to focus more specifically on the thesis-development and research and source evaluation pieces.

While I have seen many students struggle with research papers, I don’t think the answer is to eliminate the research paper at the college level.  I think every college graduate should be able to produce a competent 10-page paper.  But I do agree that many undergraduates do not arrive in college with the skills necessary to do this, and we should be teaching them these skills in a systematic way, and not just throwing them into the process and watching them struggle.

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Librarian in the Classroom

November 29, 2010

It’s the time of year when I write up an annual report of what I’ve done, for my supervisor to review.  This year I taught 20 classes, up from 11 in 2009 (yes, we keep statistics on this, as on, well, practically everything).  What does it mean when a librarian teaches a class?

Unlike faculty members, librarians mainly teach one session of a class, having been invited in by the regular faculty member to cover library resources related to a class project, often a research paper.  Except at the 4000 and graduate level, I have usually never seen the students before, and am unlikely to see them again, although some do follow up for individual meetings.  I don’t have much knowledge about their background or level of competence at conducting university-level research; I can assume that senior majors and grad students know more than freshmen, but most classes have a mix of skill levels.  I usually have 50 minutes to cover topics as varied as how to use Wikipedia (very carefully if at all!), the importance of Boolean searching in scholarly article databases (searching ‘etruscan tombs with images of charon’ will net you nada in Jstor), how to parse a call number and find a book on the shelf, and how the heck to use L’Annee Philologique.

My saving grace is a web page I custom-create for each class.  At UGA we use an open-source software developed by Oregon State University called Library a la Carte, which allows us to create modular chunks of content and re-use and mix them on multiple web pages.  Thus I use some of the same content, but with variations based on student need, in pages for a 3000-level Latin class writing a term paper on the Aeneid, a 1000-level Honors class writing a short paper on Greek Civilization, and a 4000-level theater class playing the Reacting to the Past Athens Game.  The faculty member can embed these pages in the campus course management software (at UGA, it’s eLearning Commons).  Teaching, and providing a page of resources like this, is one of the best ways that we as librarians can reach out to groups of students, rather than waiting for them to come to us, often after they’ve wasted time fruitlessly Googling.  It results in better papers for the faculty members as well.

If your class has an assignment of any kind that asks the students to do research, please consider inviting a librarian to your class to teach the students college-level research skills – don’t assume they come to you with these skills.  Most universities have a subject specialist librarian assigned to every department; if you don’t know yours, ask at the Reference Desk the next time you are in the library.

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UGA Classics-Related Acquisitions in October

October 27, 2010

It’s been 4 weeks since I looked at the New Titles list from the UGA libraries for books of interest to the Classics Department.  This means I scanned through 2637 items on 10/26, looking for titles of interest.  I came up with:

  • Plato primer, Evans, J. D. G. (John David Gemmill), 1942-2009.  Location:  ‘Main Library 6th floor B395 .E93 2010
  • Plato, Mason, Andrew S.  Location:  ‘Main Library 6th floor B395 .M3875 2010
  • Image of a second sun : Plato on poetry, rhetoric, and the techne of mimesis, Mitscherling, Jeffrey Anthony. Location:  ‘Main Library 6th floor B398.A4 M58 2009
  • Aristotelian account of induction : creating something from nothing, Groarke, Louis. Location:  ‘Main Library 6th floor
  • Exploring happiness : from Aristotle to brain science, Bok, Sissela. Location:  ‘Main Library 6th floor BJ1481 .B64 2010
  • Minoan kingship and the solar goddess : a Near Eastern koine, Marinatos, Nanno.  Location: ‘Main Library 6th floor BL793.C7 M335 2010
  • Augustine in his own words, Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.  Location: ‘Main Library 6th floor BR65.A52 E6 2010b
  • Pietre e le stelle : note sul primo cristianesimo nell’alto Adriatico, Iacumin, Renato. Location: ‘Main Library 6th floor BR133.I83 A675 2008
  • Christianity in ancient Rome : the first three centuries, Green, Bernard, 1953- .Location: ‘Main Library 6th floor BR165 .G74 2010
  • Space, time, place : third international conference on remote sensing in archaeology : 17th-21st August 2009, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil, Nadu, India, International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology (3rd : 2009 : Tiruchirappalli, India).  Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor Folio CC76.4 .I584 2009
  • Seeing the unseen : geophysics and landscape archaeology. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor CC76.4 .S44 2009
  • Pioneers to the past : American archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor CC101.M628 U55 2010
  • Passion for the past : the odyssey of a transatlantic archaeologist, Noel Hume, Ivor. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor CC115.N64 A3 2010
  • Coping with the past : creative perspectives on conservation and restoration. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor CC135 .C675 2010
  • Archaeology : theories, methods and practice 5th ed. Renfrew, Colin, 1937-. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor CC165 .R46 2008
  • Writing ancient history : an introduction to classical historiography, Pitcher, Luke. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor D56 .P58 2009
  • Iron age and Romano-British settlements and landscapes of Salisbury Plain, Fulford, M. G. (Michael Gordon). Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor Folio DA670.S13 F85 2006
  • Cultural messages in the Graeco-Roman world : acta of the BABESCH 80th anniversary workshop Radboud University Nijmegen, September 8th 2006. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DE71 .C958 2010
  • Rural landscapes of the Punic world, Dommelen, Peter Alexander Rene van, 1966-. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DE73.2.C37 R87 2008
  • Agriculture dans la Grece du IVe siecle avant J-C : le temoignage de Xenophon, Marein, Marie-Francoise. Location: Main Library 4th floor DF105 .M37 2009
  • Local knowledge and microidentities in the imperial Greek world. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DF135 .L63 2010
  • Battle of Marathon, Krentz, Peter. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DF225.4 .K74 2010
  • Alexander the Great, Nawotka, Krzysztof. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DF234 .N392 2010
  • Alexander the Great and his empire : a short introduction, Briant, Pierre.  Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DF234.37 .B7413 2010
  • Etruschi della Valdera : forme dell’insediamento fra VII e V secolo a. C. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor Folio DG55.E87 E87 2006
  • Oxford handbook of Roman studies. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DG209 .O94 2010
  • Rome’s wars in Parthia : blood in the sand, Sheldon, Rose Mary, 1948-. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DG215.P37 S54 2010
  • Marco Aurelio : la miseria della filosofia 1. ed., Fraschetti, Augusto. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DG297 .F73 2008
  • History of Zonaras : from Alexander Severus to the death of Theodosius the Great Zonaras, Joannes, 12th cent. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DG298 .Z613 2009
  • Age of Constantine the Great, Burckhardt, Jacob, 1818-1897. Location: .Main Library 3rd floor Hargrett – S.S. Thomas (SubB) SST Gen Coll DG315 .B92313 1967
  • Costantino il grande tra Medioevo ed eta moderna. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DG315 .C66 2004
  • Empereur Julien et son temps. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor
  • Illyricum in Roman politics, 229 BC-AD 68, Dzino, Danijel. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DR1350.I45 D97 2010
  • Past in the past : concepts of past reality in ancient Near Eastern and early Greek thought. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DS62.23 .P37 2009
  • Ituraeans and the Roman Near East : reassessing the sources, Myers, E. A. (Elaine Anne). Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DS82 .M94 2010
  • Philistines and Aegean migration at the end of the late Bronze Age, Yasur-Landau, Assaf. Location: ‘Main Library 4th floor DS90 .Y37 2010
  • Eros : l’amore in Roma antica, Dosi, Antonietta. Location: ‘Main Library 5th floor HQ13 .D67 2008
  • Graeco-Roman slave markets : fact or fiction? Trumper, Monika.  Location: ‘Main Library 5th floor HT979 .T78 2009
  • Companion to Greek and Roman political thought. Location: ‘Main Library 6th floor JC73 .C67 2009
  • Monumenti antichi, fortezze medievale : il riutilizzo degli antichi monumenti nell’edilizia aristocratica di Roma (VIII-XIV secolo), Di Santo, Alberto. Location: ‘Main Library 7th floor NA1120 .D57 2010
  • Architecture in the Balkans from Diocletian to Suleyman the Magnificent, CurcŒic, Slobodan. Location: ‘Main Library 7th floor Folio NA1375 .C87 2010
  • Colloquial and literary Latin, Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA2311 .C65 2010
  • Greeks and their past : poetry, oratory and history in the fifth century BCE, Grethlein, Jonas, 1978-. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA3009 .G748 2010
  • Archivio di Senouthios Anystes e testi connessi : lettere e documenti per la costruzione di una capitale. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor Folio PA3308 .V5 2010
  • Cratinus and the art of comedy, Bakola, Emmanuela.  Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA3948.C84 B35 2010
  • Art of Euripides : dramatic technique and social context, Mastronarde, Donald J. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA3978 .M37 2010
  • Paradigmi politici nell’epica omerica, Catanzaro, Andrea, 1976-. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA4037 .C29 2008
  • Art and rhetoric of the Homeric catalogue, Sammons, Benjamin. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA4037 .S25 2010
  • Lebendige Kommunikation : die Verwandlung des Odysseus in Homers Odyssee als kognitiv-emotives Horerkonzept, Offermann, Ursula. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA4167 .O4 2006
  • Odes for victorious athletes, Pindar. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor
  • Onomastique et intertextualite dans la litterature latine : actes de la journee d’etude tenue a la Maison de l’Orient et de la Mediterranee–Jean Pouilloux le 14 mars 2005. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6027 .O56 2009
  • Cicerone : la parola e la politica 1. ed., Narducci, Emanuele. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6320 .N365 2009
  • Commentary on Lucan, De bello civili IV : introduction, edition and translation, Asso, Paolo, 1965- Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6480 .A87 2010
  • Metamorphoses. Book XIV, Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6519.M6 A14 2009
  • Ovide, figures de l’hybride : illustrations litteraires et figurees de l’esthetique ovidienne a travers les ages. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6537 .O923 2009
  • Anger, mercy, revenge, Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, ca. 4 B.C.-65 A.D. Location: ‘Main Library 3rd floor PA6665 .A1 2010
  • Idea of the library in the ancient world, Too, Yun Lee. Location: ‘Main Library 2nd floor Main Z722 .T66 2010
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Robert Fitzgerald Centennial

October 12, 2010

Today is the 100th anniversary of Robert Fitzgerald‘s birth (12 October 1910 – 16 January 1985). One poet celebrates another:

In Memoriam: Robert Fitzgerald

The socket of each axehead like the squared
Doorway to a megalithic tomb
With its slabbed passage that keeps opening forward
To face another corbelled stone-faced door
That opens on a third. There is no last door,
Just threshold stone, stone jambs, stone crossbeam
Repeating enter, enter, enter, enter.
Lintel and upright fly past in the dark.

After the bowstring sang a swallow’s note,
The arrow whose migration is its mark
Leaves a whispered breath in every socket.
The great test over, while the gut’s still humming,
This time it travels out of all knowing
Perfectly aimed towards the vacant centre.

Seamus Heaney

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Journal Tables of Contents Update

July 28, 2010

I posted just a couple of weeks ago about ways to keep track of journal tables of contents online.  I quickly got a very helpful comment from Roddy McLeod directing me to JournalTOCs, a resource similar to TicTOCs.  It lists 108 journals under Classical Studies, and 65 under Archaeology.  It also has an API, for you programmers out there.

I also, as a followup to my post about academia.edu, discovered that one can “follow” journals at that site, and in so doing, get links to newly published articles at the journal’s home page.  There are browseable lists of journals for specific disciplines, though they aren’t easy to find from the basic journals page.  Here are journals in Archaeology (91), Classical Archaeology (29) and Classics (10) – note there is overlap.  The journal following interface allows searching by keyword (including truncated keywords, like “librar” for library, librarian, etc.) as well as presenting journals in alphabetical order by title.  Another way to find journals of interest, especially if your research does not fall neatly into one discipline, is to look for a scholar who shares your research interests and see what journals she is following.

journals interface at academia.edu

I couldn’t find any description of how journals are added and what digital tool is being used to get the tables of contents, but I did find that some journals that don’t make their tables of contents available by RSS do show up on the list (one example is the American Journal of Archaeology).  If a journal you’re interested in isn’t listed, there is a button to “suggest a new journal,” (on the right here) which asks for the title, home page, and description, and states that submissions will be reviewed (maybe even by a human!?!).  In general, Journals looks as though it is one of the newer features of the site (it’s not mentioned in the FAQ or their blog, and there’s no direct link from the header of the site), but it has a lot of potential.  They have a nice clean interface; they just need a librarian to help make sure ISSNs are included for all titles, work on searchability for article titles, and so much more…

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Mabel Lang (1917-2010)

July 23, 2010

I just received an email from Bryn Mawr (my alma mater) telling me that Miss Lang died on Wednesday, at 92.

I took “Baby Greek” after her 1988 retirement, but Miss Lang was a legendary figure in my undergraduate days.  Bryn Mawr president Jane McAuliffe writes:

Professor Lang was raised in Hamilton, New York.  She earned her AB from Cornell (1939) and her MA (1940) and PhD (1943) from Bryn Mawr College. She commenced teaching at Bryn Mawr in 1943 and served on the faculty of the Greek Department for 45 years, before retiring in 1988.

Miss Lang, as she was known to many, began her service to Bryn Mawr as Warden of Rockefeller Hall (1942-1945).  She served the College in a number of administrative capacities: Acting Dean of the College, Dean of the Sophomore Class, and Secretary of the Faculty (1970-1975). In 1961, she became Chair of the Department of Greek and held the position, without sabbatical, until her retirement 27 years later.

A revered and formidable presence on campus, Professor Lang was an inspiring, caring and demanding teacher.  Professor Lang taught her signature undergraduate course – “Baby” Greek – almost every year, introducing nearly a thousand students to the language. Her graduate seminars on Homer and Thucydides set a standard across her academic field.

On a less academic note, Professor Lang was the beloved stage manager of a number of Bryn Mawr College Faculty Shows including:  Standing Room Only (1943), Top Secret (1947), Kind Hearts and Martinets (1951), and The Profs in the Pudding (1955).

Professor Lang was a prolific and celebrated scholar, who wrote twelve books and more than fifty articles, spanning the fields of history, epigraphy, and archaeology. As a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, she excavated at the Acropolis and the Agora; this led to the publication of the first guide to the Agora, four Agora picture books, and three scholarly volumes in the esteemed Agora series. In the 1950s and 1960s, she participated in excavations at Gordion (Turkey) and the Palace of Nestor at Pylos (Greece) that led to numerous publications. Particularly seminal were her reconstruction of the frescoes at Pylos and her interpretation of tablet fragments in Linear B (the script of the Mycenaeans). Professor Lang’s later scholarship on Herodotus, Homer, and Thucydides was equally impressive and well-received.

Professor Lang’s academic contributions were widely recognized. She was awarded the Blegen Research lectureship at Vassar College (1976) and chosen to deliver the Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College (1982). Honors included a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to Greece, three honorary degrees, and membership in the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Archeological Institute, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Details about memorial services will be forthcoming.

There’s no post on the BMC website yet, so nothing to link to, but I expect there will be soon (Edit: yup. Same content as above).  Wikipedia has a short list of some of her publications, with links to those available online (mostly the Agora-related pamphlets).

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Aegean Prehistorians Make Lemonade

April 21, 2010

The 13th International Aegean Conference (on Aegean prehistory), titled Kosmos: Jewelry, Adornment, and Textiles in the Aegean Bronze Age, was scheduled to take place in Copenhagen this week, from April 19-23.  Unfortunately, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland had other ideas; its eruption prevented most of the participants, who were to come to Copenhagen from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere, from traveling by air.

The Aegeaum conference hosts were undaunted, and developed a plan for a largely virtual conference.  A live stream of the papers – being read aloud by those present, over powerpoint slides sent by the paper authors – is available at the conference web site, and a chat window allows simultaneous discussion and questions and answers after each paper.  Papers started at 8am EST today and will continue on Thursday and Friday; the schedule is still evolving, as some air travel has resumed in Europe today.  Those who were able to attend in person looked as though they were having a good time:

I had trouble getting the live stream to stream from home this morning, when I was on my ca. 2001 Mac PowerPC (which also makes Youtube videos herky-jerky).  It’s coming in beautifully right now, though, as I sit at a netbook using the campus wireless.

Many kudos to Marie-Louise Nosch and Robert Laffineur, and their supporting staff in Copenhagen, for pulling this off, organizationally, technically, and with the same collegial spirit that the International Aegean Conference has long been known for.  For those of us who wouldn’t have been there in person anyway, it’s a great bonus!

Hat tip to Charles Ellwood Jones’ Ancient World Online blog, to which you should subscribe!

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LibraryThing for a Departmental Collection

April 20, 2010

Last October, the UGA Libraries and the Department of Classics worked together on a fun and useful project: getting a searchable online listing of the books kept in the Alexander Room (Park 222).  This collection, managed by a graduate student  (currently Stephen Dowell) and overseen by a faculty committee, is composed of donations to and a few purchases by the department over the years.  Many items are duplicates of those available in the UGA Library – it being useful to have a spare copy of a volume on the same hallway as the departmental offices – and a few are unique.

The collection had been put in order some time before, with a simple classification scheme by subject (designed by Susan Curtis, the now retired head of Reference at UGA and spouse of Bob Curtis of the Classics Department).  There was also a database of the collection, using EndNote bibliographic management software, but this was not accessible to students other than the library manager, or to the public at large.  So between Naomi Norman, Stephen, and me, we developed a plan to harness the talents of the department and the  library and create an online ‘catalog.’

We chose the web service LibraryThing for our purposes, as it provided the best combination of ease of use, bibliographic rigor, and low cost.  Organizational accounts are available at a one-time cost of $25, and 5,000 books may be entered.  LibraryThing allows users to add books by searching nearly 700 existing library catalogs (including UGA, Yale, UNC, and many other academic libraries around the world), finding a match to the volume in one’s hand, and pulling the metadata associated with the book (author, title, edition, Library of Congress Subject Headings and call numbers) into one’s own collection database.  We ended up not using the non-Roman language features, but LibraryThing is available in multiple languages and scripts (German, Albanian, Greek, Pirate…) and supports Unicode for the display of non-Roman alphabets.

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On October 24, 2009 we marshaled our forces and descended on Park Hall as a Flash Mob, with the goal of getting the whole collection into LibraryThing in one day.  The UGA Classics Newsletter (v. 23, 2009) chronicled our efforts, noting that about 20 members of the departmental community, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduates, were joined by 4 librarians for the day.  Many brought laptops, and some faculty and grad students worked in their offices or in the Gantz computer lab, while the core crew was in Park 222 and the adjoining classroom.

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We got the majority of the books into LibraryThing that day, and Stephen and I did a little followup over the course of the fall, dealing with some “problem” materials (maps, confusion over multiple editions, Tunisian guidebooks not owned by any library we could find, etc.) There are nearly 2000 entries in the UGAClassics catalog at LibraryThing now (reflecting rather more actual books: we did encyclopedias and other multi-volume sets as one entry each).  As we entered books, we tagged them with shelf numbers (we gave each bookcase a letter and each shelf a number, so C6 means bookcase C, shelf 6, corresponding to a label on the physical shelf), subject abbreviations (AA for ‘art & archaeology’, LG for ‘Loeb, Greek’, etc.) and several notes about content (i.e. ‘latin text,’ ‘drama,’ ‘Plautus,’ ‘Miles Gloriosus.’)  These allow users to more easily search for, for example, all editions of The Bacchae in the Alexander Room.  Have a go at the catalog and see what we’ve got!  And if you find mistakes, please let me know.  (Click image below to enlarge.)