Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
At the request of the Federal Depository Library community, the Government Printing Office, Library Services & Content Services, Library Technical Information Services (LTIS) staff has formulated a policy for creating separate records for every manifestation of a document. This policy follows an internal review of the current approach of single record cataloging.
Abstract: This presentation discusses issues surrounding the implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) in libraries. It also covers the work done by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative/RDA Task Group with provisional forms of RDA Elements, Roles and Vocabularies, how these relate to existing AACR2-MARC21 based applications, and how the library community might use metadata in a more forward-looking way.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
**For NACO catalogers, this means that the moratorium on updating 100/110 authority records that existed prior to July 2008 to add non-Latin script references is now lifted. All name authority records are now candidates for the addition of non-Latin script references. Thanks for your patience during this period.**
LC hopes to announce soon a process by which catalogers that have been examining the non-Latin script references added by this project can contribute to the development of policies and practices for the future, such as the issues raised in the white paper on non-Latin script references in name authority records
Special thanks to Robert Bremer, and colleagues at OCLC, for all the efforts to make this pre-population a reality.
LC Policy & Standards Division
"Institutional repositories", a pre-Midwinter Symposium discussion moderated by Pamela Bluh, University of Maryland.
Many libraries have joined the movement to create an institutional repository, providing a mechanism to acquire, maintain and preserve scholarly and other material of lasting value to the institution. The discussion will focus on the challenges, pitfalls and promises of establishing and supporting institutional repositories, as well as the legal and access issues.
To register go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa, click on ALCTS (spelled out) under the ALA Division heading, then choose firstname.lastname@example.org. A login and password are required to register. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage. Participation is open to anyone.
Monday, November 24, 2008
In purchasing an electronic resource, the librarian must be familiar with licensing models, system requirements, file compatibility, authentication, proxy servers, and interface design. Differences among publisher interfaces, variations among aggregator interfaces, and duplication within the library's electronic collection mean that numbers for one title may be different from those of another for reasons that have nothing to do with the intrinsic value of the content. When we are evaluating e-resources and making contacts with publishers and content suppliers, we need to come to them with our own demands for the usage rules and requirements for the materials that they are selling. In addition to business acumen and accounting knowledge, a digital-age acquisitions librarian needs to understand scholarly communication and the emerging business models of digital publishing.
(Whittaker, Martha. “The Challenge of Acquisitions in the Digital Age.” in portal: Libraries and the Academy (Oct. 2008) at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v008/8.4.whittaker.html)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Each national constituency of the JSC has a mechanism for providing comments. In the United States (exclusive of the Library of Congress,which reports directly through its own JSC rep), this is through the liaisons to CC:DA or through a webform offered by the Association forLibrary Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). This form is now available at:
There is also a link to it via the CC:DA homepage at: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/tas/jca/ccda/index.html (see the"Announcing" block in the upper right).
This issue contains four articles, a commentary, eight conference reports, the 'In Brief' column, excerpts from recent press releases, and news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in 'Clips and Pointers'. This month, D-Lib features the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah, courtesy of Kenning Arlitsch, Anna Neatrour, and Jeff Rice.
The commentary is:
*The Future of Repositories? Patterns for (Cross-)Repository Architectures
Andreas Aschenbrenner, State and University Library, Goettingen; Tobias Blanke and Mark Hedges, King's College, London; David Flanders, University of London; and Ben O'Steen, Oxford University
The articles include:
*Repository to Repository Transfer of Enriched Archival Information Packages
Priscilla Caplan, Florida Center for Library Automation
*Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections
Rich Gazan, University of Hawaii
*Electronic Journals and Changes in Scholarly Article Seeking and Reading Patterns
Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee; and Donald W. King, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*A Study of Institutional Repository Holdings by Academic Discipline
Peter A. Zuber, Brigham Young University
The Conference Reports include:
*ECDL 2008 Conference Report
Jose H. Canos, Technical University of Valencia; and Pablo de la Fuente, University of Valladolid
*Cross-Language Evaluation Forum - CLEF 2008
Carol Peters, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
*Report on the 8th International Workshop on Web Archiving - IWAW 2008
Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology; and Julien Masanes, European Archive
*Report on the Third Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries
Leonardo Candela and Donatella Castelli, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR); and Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens
*The Use of Digital Object Repository Systems in Digital Libraries (DORSDL2): ECDL 2008 Workshop Report
Gert Schmeltz Pedersen, Technical University of Denmark; Kåre Fiedler Christiansen, The State and University Library, Denmark; and Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
*Information Access to Cultural Heritage Workshop Report: ECDL 2008, Aarhus Denmark, 18 September 2008
Martha Larson, University of Amsterdam; Kate Fernie, Kate Fernie Consulting; Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision; and Juan Manuel Cigarran Recuero, UNED
*Networked Knowledge Organization Systems/Services (NKOS): ECDL 2008 Conference Report
Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
*The NSDL Community at its Best: Report on the NSDL Annual Meeting 2008
Carol Minton Morris, Cornell University
Monday, November 17, 2008
The world's largest library has redesigned the ways it receives and catalogs incoming materials in order to improve processing time dramatically and enhance the physical security of the collections.
As a result of the latest reorganization at the Library of Congress, a book acquired as a copyright deposit, purchase, gift or an exchange will go to one division instead of several for centralized processing—the ordering, cataloging, shelflisting, barcoding and other activities that enable users to find one particular book among more than 23.3 million unique titles in printed formats (plus another 8.9 million that are duplicate copies) held at the Library.
"The new organizational structure--the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA)--fully merges acquisitions and cataloging functions, streamlines workflows and deploys staff to take advantage of their unique language and subject skills," said ABA Director Beacher Wiggins. He noted that the new organization will be better designed and staffed to acquire new digital materials, which will be processed in the same work units as collections in printed and other formats.
The merger of acquisitions and cataloging functions ends an older industrial model of work, in which an incoming book moved slowly along an assembly line of stand-alone acquisitions and processing units. Twenty years ago, staff in Order, Exchange and Gift or Cataloging in Publication divisions acquired a title and then handed it off to highly specialized librarians in separate Descriptive Cataloging and Subject Cataloging divisions for description, subject analysis, classification and assignment to a particular place on a shelf. Whole-book cataloging, which merged descriptive- and subject-cataloging functions in the early 1990s, began the trend toward centralized processing to eliminate duplicative efforts and speed up "throughput"--the time it takes to make a new book findable by catalog users and to get it on the shelf to be served to readers.
The reorganization, which has been in planning for the past several years, will allow the Library to better handle both traditional and non-traditional deposits (such as digital). It also positions the organization to respond to the recommendations of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, convened by the Library to address how the popularity of the Internet, advances in search-engine technology, and the influx of electronic information resources have greatly changed the way libraries do their work. The Working Group's final report and recommendations, published in January 2008, are available at www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/
Guidelines are here:
A podcast of a discussion of the policy held between Richard Wallis of Talis and Karen Calhoun and Roy Tennant, of OCLC, can be found here:
If you have questions about the policy, please contact OCLC at email@example.com
--Karen Calhoun, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"This study examines the question of whether tags can be useful in the process of information retrieval. Participants were asked to search a social bookmarking tool specialising in academic articles (CiteULike) and an online journal database (Pubmed) in order to determine if users found tags were useful in their search process. The actions of each participants were captured using screen capture software and they were asked to describe their search process. The preliminary study showed that users did indeed make use of tags in their search process, as a guide to searching and as hyperlinks to potentially useful articles. However, users also made use of controlled vocabularies in the journal database."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Called Reference Extract, the project is being developed by the Online Computer Library Center and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington. OCLC is an international cooperative that shares resources among more than 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. A $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is covering planning costs. According to the project proposal, the search engine 'will be built for maximum credibility by relying on the expertise and credibility judgments of librarians from around the globe.'"
(Collocate and Disambiguate blog)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- 5JSC/RDA/Editor's Guide
- 5JSC/RDA/Objectives and Principles/Rev/2
- 5JSC/RDA/RDA to FRBR mapping/Rev/2
- 5JSC/RDA/FRBR to RDA mapping
- 5JSC/RDA/Element analysis/Rev/2
- 5JSC/RDA/RDA to FRAD mapping/Rev
- 5JSC/RDA/FRAD to RDA mapping
Robert Crown Law Library
The Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records have been updated to become the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records. The policy is scheduled to become effective mid-February 2009, to give OCLC member libraries and other organizations time to implement any changes resulting from the update. Until that time, the Guidelines will remain in effect.
The information landscape has undergone vast changes since 1987 when the Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records were last updated. The updated policy is intended to support the widespread, non-commercial sharing of WorldCat records and encourage innovation that benefits libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, while also protecting members' investment in WorldCat.
For more information, please visit the Policy page to see the policy, a summary, frequently asked questions, and graphical representation of the policy. We anticipate frequent updates to the FAQ during the implementation period and welcome any additions you may suggest.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
As a contingency, if we cannot issue the full draft with the preliminary software release during the week of November 3rd, we will release it in PDF as scheduled on the JSC Website. You will be able to download PDF versions of the chapters and appendices from the JSC Website. We will then inform you when the full draft is available in the preliminary version at a later date. More detailed information will be forthcoming in the cover letter accompanying the full draft.
Nathalie Schulz, Secretary, JSC
For the Committee of Principals and the Co-Publishers
Monday, October 20, 2008
These cataloger scenarios are intended to assist catalogers in visualizing how their work might flow in a setting that used RDA Vocabularies and FRBR relationships. The goal here is just to show how these packages of information might fit together and how catalogers can use their knowledge and experience in different contexts.
This new website will be the main vehicle for distributing our open-source software once it is released in 2009. In the mean time, the website contains a wealth of information regarding the project, including publications, an overview of the software we are developing and the technologies that software will use, and a blog that has already been in use.
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project is working to design and develop a set of open-source applications that will provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. XC will provide easy access to all resources (both digital and physical collections) across a variety of databases, metadata schemas and standards, and will enable library content to be revealed through other services that libraries may already be using, such as content management systems and learning management systems. XC will also make library collections more web-accessible by revealing them through web search engines.
Since XC software will be open source, it will be available for download at no cost. Libraries will be able to adopt, customize and extend the software to meet local needs. In addition, a not-for-profit organization will be formed to provide the infrastructure to incorporate community contributions to the code base, encourage collaboration, and provide maintenance and upgrades.
The project is hosted at the University of Rochester and funded through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Program as well as through significant contributions from and in collaboration with XC partner institutions. The project is in a design and development phase until July 2009, at which point the software will be released under an open-source license."
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, and a well-known advocate for cataloging innovation, will be your host for this informative hour.
This free, one-hour Web seminar will offer insights on how your library can benefit from emerging cataloging innovations, including OCLC Contract Cataloging. These benefits include:
* Enhanced user access to your library materials, including rare, unique and special collections
* Opportunities to redeploy your staff to focus on other priorities
* New pricing levels for even more affordable metadata.
Thursday, October 23, 2-3 pm, ET
Please confirm your attendance at this online program by Monday, October 20.
(direct e-mail from OCLC)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
With the administrative reorganization of the Library of Congress/Library Services/Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate on Oct. 1, 2008, the Cataloging Policy and Support Office has become the Policy and Standards Division and its email account has been changed to firstname.lastname@example.org Anything addressed to email@example.com will be forwarded to the new address but only for the next 30 days, at which point any mail so addressed will be bounced back to the sender as address unknown. The email addresses of individuals remain unchanged.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thesocialopac.net is the official website of the Social OPAC application suite--an open source social discovery platform for bibliographic data. The purpose of this site is to build a cohesive community of users and developers around the SOPAC project suite.
Monday, September 29, 2008
OLE Project participants will host a webcast to share information about the project and invite comments and questions. The webcast will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 3pm-5pm EST. This webcast is free of charge and open to anyone. For information on how to join that
A first draft of a project scope document on the OLE Project website is available for review and will be discussed during the webcast. We welcome your input on this document. Feel free to post comments or questions on the website page: http://oleproject.org/overview/project-scope/
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The task force has recently completed an initial draft report with recommendations that attempts to define a moving image work record, draw boundaries for such a record, identify attributes and relationships that are important to include in such records, and assess the relative importance of these attributes and relationships. The report is available at: http://www.olacinc.org/capc/movingimagework.html.
The task force is interested in feedback from the wider cataloging community and will take comments on the draft through Friday, October 17. Please send your suggestions and constructive criticism to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The task force is also working on operational definitions and lists of potential sources for information for a representative sample of attributes, as well as exploring the possibility of extracting work-level information from existing MARC bibliographic records for manifestations. Reports on this work should be available later this fall.
Chair, OLAC/CAPC Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force
Monday, September 15, 2008
The articles include:
*Introducing djatoka: A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server
Ryan Chute and Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
*Using Personas to Understand the Needs and Goals of Institutional Repositories
Jack M. Maness, Tomasz Miaskiewicz, and Tamara Sumner, University of Colorado
*Using METS, PREMIS and MODS for Archiving eJournals
Angela Dappert and Markus Enders, The British Library
*The Effectiveness of a Web-based Board Game for Teaching Undergraduate Students Information Literacy Concepts and Skills
Karen Markey, Fritz Swanson, Andrea Jenkins, Brian J. Jennings, Beth St. Jean, Victor Rosenberg, Xingxing Yao, and Robert L. Frost, University of Michigan
*Using International Standards to Develop a Union Catalogue for Archives in Germany: Aspects to Consider Regarding Interoperability between Libraries and Archives
Andres Imhof, Bundesarchiv
*SeDiCI (Servicio de Difusion de la Creacion Intelectual): Intellectual Creativity Diffusion Service at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP)
Gonzalo Lujan Villarreal, Marisa R. De Giusti, Ariel Sobrado, Ariel Jorge Lira, and Maria Marta Vila, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
The Project Briefing is:
*Repurposing Open Source Software for Agile Digital Image Library Development: The University of West Florida Libraries Model
Ray Uzwyshyn, University of West Florida
The Conference Report is:
*RepoCamp at the Library of Congress
Carol Minton Morris, Cornell University
Project Title: "Testing the FRBR Conceptual Model through the Variations System" Indiana University (IU) proposes to use the Variations digital music library system as a testbed for the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model. The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control report, released in January 2008, challenged the library community to create a model for testing the transformative promise of FRBR. In response to the challenge, Indiana University will “FRBRize” records in the Cook Music Library’s entire sound recording and score collections and make them available for evaluation and testing, both in a search interface designed to make the most of the FRBR model and as raw data for testing in other environments. IU will release the source code for the FRBRized discovery system and perform usability testing on FRBR end-user and cataloger interfaces.
*OCLC's Enhance Program: The Best-Kept Secret of Quality Control / by Sevim McCutcheon, Catalog Librarian, Kent State University
*What Will We Do When the 440 Field Becomes Obsolete?
*Book Review: Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front
*Innovation @ Our Library: Floating Collections at Columbus Metropolitan Library / by Marihelen Hatcher, Public Services Administrator, Columbus Metropolitan Library
*Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat: Mohican III--Looking Beyond the Horizon / by Fred Gaieck, Librarian, Ohio Reformatory for Women, Marysville, Ohio
*OLAC/MOUG Conference is Just Around the Corner / by Mary Huismann, Music/Media Cataloging Coordinator, University of Minnesota Libraries
*Coordinator's Corner / by Ian Fairclough, George Mason University
*A Summary of LC's Response to the Report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control / by Amey L. Park, Database Maintenance Librarian, Kent State University
*Book Review: The Complete RFID Handbook: A Manual and DVD for Assessing, Implementing, and Managing Radio Frequency Identification Technologies in Libraries
Marjorie E. Bloss
RDA Project Manager
Abstract: Intended to contribute to the current dialogue about how the emerging information environment is impacting cataloging issues, this survey paper covers a broad range of topics, such as how search engines compare with integrated library systems, and includes some thoughts on how cataloging processes may evolve to continue to remain relevant. The author suggests that there is a need for significant changes in integrated library system interfaces and infrastructures as well as some changes in cataloging practice. The value of descriptive vs. nondescriptive elements in the catalog record and some pros and cons of the MARC format are covered.
The journal features both a peer-review section for research articles, and a non-peer review section for more practical, case study and best practice type articles. Included amongst the charter issue:
"Dublin Core Metadata Harvested Through OAI-PMH"
"You Need My Metadata: Demonstrating the Value of Library Cataloging"
"Cataloging Images in Millennium: A Central Repository for Faculty-Owned Images"
"From Hanging Files to Digital Collection: Growing A Controlled Vocabulary for Added Functionality in the Online World"
"The Peloponnesian War and the Future of Reference, Cataloging, and Scholarship in Research Libraries."
The Journal of Library Metadata welcomes the submission of papers for consideration. Librarians are encouraged to contact the journal's editor, Jeffrey Beall, for "Instructions for Authors" and deadlines for upcoming issues at: email@example.com
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
August 18, 2008
The report, based on a survey of faculty members to determine their attitudes related to online resources, electronic archiving, teaching and learning and related subjects, suggests a number of specific lessons for libraries:
*The library is in many ways falling off the radar screens of faculty. Although scholars report general respect for libraries and librarians, the library is increasingly disintermediated from their actual research process. Many researchers circumvent the library in doing their research, preferring to access resources directly.
*In a networked world, scholarship increasingly occurs across disciplinary or institutional boundaries, challenging the ability of any individual node to alone support this work. Historically isolated campuses and libraries must come to think of themselves as parts of a larger whole, and develop tools and strategies for effective collaboration.
*For a campus or its library to create a viable information strategy for a competitive environment, it must develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the needs of its important constituents. In the case of the library, both the library leadership as well as individual librarians should be reaching out to faculty members, formally and informally, to understand the nature of their teaching and research projects and how their needs are being met or could be met better.
*Despite the growing significance of information to scientists, the role of the library is diminishing in importance fastest among this group. Libraries are providing these high-growth fields value in the acquisition of resources—for example in licensing costly journal collections—but otherwise have been relatively absent from the workflow of these high-growth fields, with an associated decline in perceived value.
Monday, September 8, 2008
"Libraries’ collections fall into three parts: physical, digital and licensed. These are managed by multiple systems, ILS (Integrated Library System), ERM (Electronic Records Management), digital management, digital repositories, resolvers, inter-library loan and reference. At the same time libraries are increasingly co-operating in collecting and storing resources. This article examines how to identify data that is best located at global, collective and local levels. An example is explored, namely the benefits of moving data from different local systems to the network level to manage acquisition of the total collection as a whole and in combination with consortia members. Also covered is how to achieve rapid development of standards to plug existing gaps that are hindering system interoperability."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
(Library Link of the Day)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Read this overview of significant initiatives undertaken from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.
In the course of the year, staff from OCLC Programs and Research, along with hundreds of staff from RLG Partner and other institutions, invested their time, effort, thought and expertise across a broad range of activities described in our work agenda.
2007-08 Annual Highlights Document www.oclc.org/programs/about/updates/2007-08annual.pdf (.pdf: 1.2MB/5 pp.)
Work Agenda www.oclc.org/programs/ourwork/
OCLC ResearchWorks www.oclc.org/research/researchworks/
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This five-week online workshop provides a substantial introduction to creating and managing descriptive metadata for digital collections in libraries, archives, and museums. It includes hands-on exercises in creating metadata for digital images using Dublin Core, MODS, and VRA. Participants will be introduced to commonly-used controlled vocabularies for digital collections, as well as to XML, OAI, metadata harvesting, mapping, and interoperability. The workshop will also cover metadata standards selection, project template creation, and documentation in the form of best practice guides and application profiles. No prior experience with metadata is required. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.
Steven Miller is a Senior Lecturer at the UWM School of Information Studies. He teaches a graduate course in Metadata, has given numerous conference presentations and continuing education workshops on metadata, and has served as the Chair of the ALA ALCTS Metadata Interest Group and Co-Chair of the Wisconsin Heritage Online Metadata Working Group.
To read this and register:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"If you work with batches of vendor-supplied bibliographic records (or actually any type of batchloading of data), you'll want to take a look at Yael Mandelstam's presentation, Demystifying Batchload Analysis [pdf].
Via TS/OBS Hit the City of Roses"
Monday, August 11, 2008
Read more at: http://oleproject.org/
(Library Journal Academic Newswire)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Developers who need to translate metadata now have access to a new demonstration service.
Developed by Senior Research Scientist, Jean Godby, and Consulting Software Engineer, Devon Smith, OCLC Crosswalk Web Service translates metadata records from one format to another and will process up to 500 records from all requests per user, per day. With the aid of the WSDL file, users can develop a client to access the service, which is available on the OCLC ResearchWorks Web site for an undecided duration.
The service was developed to handle the increasingly complicated interoperability needs of OCLC and the greater library community. It has been made available to the public to gather feedback on the API that developers use, the set of formats supported (specifically, what is missing from the set), as well as specific mappings, such as incorrect or missing mappings.
Developers translating metadata are invited to use OCLC Crosswalk Web Service and are encouraged to provide feedback.
Friday, August 1, 2008
It doesn't seem to be a comprehensive collection though.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
And don't forget the TS/OBS blog with reports from the AALL Annual Conference in Portland:
Read more at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6579748.html
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We paid for it: http://hangingtogether.org/?p=463
"Nothing stays where you put it" Pogue at AALL: http://hangingtogether.org/?p=462
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
Read more at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001716.html
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
Read more at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001699.html
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
October 24-29, 2008, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio
The Sunday, October 26 plenary will be an interactive session featuring
- Geneveive Bell, director, User Experience Group Intel Digital Home Group
- Howard Rheingold, author, editor and lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University
- Andrew Keen, host of AfterTV and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
Plenary on Wednesday, October 29 will be Dr. Connie Yowell, Director of Education grantmaking at MacArthur, and runs MacArthur's $50 million digital media and learning initiative.
Meeting will feature 36 panels, 60 contributed papers, and over 90 posters or short papers covering the full gamut of what is current in information science practice and research.
Pre Conference Sessions include
- The Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Knowledge Management
- User Studies with MORAE
- The Sense-Making Methodology Approach to Interviewing for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
- The social analysis of computing
- Information Architecture 3.0
- Classification and the Arts: enduring practice, alternative strategies, and contrasts with other domains
- Personal Information Management as a Study and a Practice
- Getting Started with User-Centered Taxonomy Design
- Putting Your Taxonomy to Work
- Information Behavior in design & the making of relevant research
- Human Computer Interaction in Interactive Information Environments with a focus on Groups
Friday, July 18, 2008
Between January and June 2008, OCLC:
* enhanced the OCLC ONIX to MARC crosswalk.
* created the OCLC MARC to ONIX crosswalk.
* defined rules and hierarchies for mining existing WorldCat records to enhance ONIX metadata and to enhance or create records in WorldCat.
* developed software to perform creation and enhancement activities.
* began receiving ONIX metadata from publisher and vendor pilot partners.
* developed evaluative tools and case study templates for reporting on pilot results.
* began to collect statistical information on metadata received and enhanced.
* continued to refine crosswalks, rules for enhancement and software based on live data.
* began defining mapping between DDC and publisher BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) subject headings.
Results thus far provide proof of concept that metadata can be created and enhanced through these processes.
Three pilot partners submitting approximately 1,000 ONIX records each:
* Total records processed: 2,935
* Total records matched in WorldCat: 2,724
* Total records with no exact match: 211
* Total records enhanced: 2,706
One pilot partner submitting a larger data set:
* Total records processed: 7,649
* Total records matched in WorldCat: 6,584
* Total records with no exact match: 1,065
* Total records enhanced: 6,565
During July and August, OCLC will wrap up the pilot and provide final statistics, pilot partner evaluations, case studies and recommendations for moving forward to library and publisher supply chain communities. OCLC welcomes input from both communities on new ways to think about cataloging and metadata creation in support of both library and publishing needs.
Pilot overview: http://www.oclc.org/us/en/partnerships/material/nexgen/nextgencataloging.htm
Created by Lois Reibach, this blog will discuss news and trends in authority control, and new uses of authority data. Developments in controlled vocabularies will also be covered.
Friday, July 11, 2008
The Call. I am looking for one-to-five librarians willing to take leadership on the project."
For more from Tim Spalding of Library Thing, go to:(AUTOCAT e-list)
Eric Childress (OCLC Programs & Research), chair
Clément Arsenault (Université de Montréal)
Rebecca Green (ISKO-NA)
Libbie Crawford (OCLC DDC)
ISKO-NA (International Society for Knowledge Organization - North America)
Université de Montréal
Date: 5 August, 2008
Venue: Université de Montréal
Registration: limited to 115 paid registrants
Registration cost: $65 CAN/person
Description: A pre-conference to the The 10th International Conference of International Society for Knowledge Organization: Culture and Identity in Knowledge Organization (5-8 August, 2008 @ Université de Montréal). This event will explore the potential value for well-structured terminology systems to power a better Web experience. Invited experts will present briefings on widely-recognized vocabularies and also introduce an emerging W3C standard, SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization Systems) which promises to be a important vehicle to help well-structured terminology systems unleash their value on the Web.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
A later release will provide the ability to mix formats and encodings. UNIMARC and MARCXML will also be supported in a later release. Search features include keyword and phrase searching, boolean, truncation, and the ability to restrict searches to specific fields. In addition, searches can be restricted to subsets of the files, such as juvenalia, reference, records with specific fields, etc.
Images will show in MWeb search results and full records if they are referenced in the 856 field, and are available via HTTP.
If you wish to participate, please go to our Beta Program page at
http://systemsplanning.com/mweb/uni12beta.asp for the download link and specific questions we hope you can help with.
Please send all questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please begin your email subject line with the words "MWeb beta" to bypass our spam filter. For further information about MWeb: http://systemsplanning.com/mweb/universal.asp
Thank you in advance for any feedback!
MWeb, MARCView, and MARConvert are trademarks of Systems Planning
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The deadline for completed applications is September 2, 2008.
The slides for her talk at ALA as part of the ALCTS Program, Creating the Future of the Catalog and Cataloging (June 29, 2008) are on the XC Shared Results Page.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The second in a series on RDA: Resource Description and Access, the next generation cataloging code designed for the digital environment. This presentation deals with the cataloging principles that have influenced the development of RDA; the challenges they present to the international sharing of bibliographic and authority data; and the challenges they present to the developers of RDA.
Speaker Biography: Barbara B. Tillett is Chief of the Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
We want to let you know of upcoming changes in the ABA Annual Questionnaire. First, we'll briefly report the changes and then provide you with a longer explanation.
* The Questionnaire to be completed this fall will ask us to report the number of electronic titles included in the library's online catalog. These may include purchased titles, licensed titles or free titles that the library has identified as important enough to catalog.
* The upcoming questionnaire will be the last annual questionnaire asking for volume or title counts. (The elimination for the volume count was announced last year.)
* Future questionnaires will continue to request data on dollars spent on print and non-print titles including electronic titles.
* The Site Evaluation Questionnaire will have a greatly expanded section on library services. These questions will need to be developed.
Full memo at: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/committees/liaisons/abachanges2008.asp
WorldCat Local is the service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to use WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local provides a powerful discovery environment that presents localized results most relevant to the library user while at the same time allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database of more than 100 million records.
OCLC continues to work with database producers to add article-level metadata to WorldCat.org to enrich the search experience and make collections from libraries more visible on the Web. Index Data will help OCLC incorporate metasearch into WorldCat Local for searching databases that are not indexed in WorldCat.org.
For full news release, see: http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200821.htm
The full draft was originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2008. Instead, it will now be issued in October 2008. The three month time period allocated for comments on the full draft is unchanged, and in this new schedule will extend from October into January 2009. More specific dates for RDA's final release will be forthcoming shortly.
Members of the Committee of Principals (CoP) and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) agree that the importance of distributing RDA content in a well-developed and tested version of the new software is such that a two-month delay is justified. They concluded that this extension is worthwhile given the ultimate value of the exceptional effort that is going into RDA and feel that the review by constituencies will be enhanced as a result.
Marjorie E. Bloss, RDA Project Manager
Friday, June 27, 2008
LC ENDORSES RECOMMENDATIONS OF LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WORKING
GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC CONTROL
Associate Librarian for Library Services Deanna Marcum issued the Library of Congress's response to On the Record, the Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, on June 1. The working group offers more than 100 specific recommendations, organized under five general recommendations: (1) Increase the efficiency of bibliographic production and maintenance for all libraries through cooperation and sharing; (2) Enhance access to rare, unique, and other special hidden materials; (3) Position our technology for the future; (4) Position our community for the future; (5) Strengthen the library and information science. The Library of Congress embraces the Working Group's recommendations, which were submitted to Dr. Marcum in final form on Jan. 9, 2008, just prior to the American Library Association (ALA) 2008 Midwinter Meeting. Members of the Working Group met with Dr. Marcum and Beacher Wiggins, director for
Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, on June 6 at the Library of Congress to discuss the Library's response. Members agreed, at Dr. Marcum's request, to continue as informal advisors to the Library as the Library follows up on the recommendations in the report. Dr. Marcum convened the working group in November 2006 to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century. More information on the Working Group, including the Library's response to the report, is available at a special public Website, URL http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future
JOINT STATEMENT OF U.S. NATIONAL LIBRARIES ON RDA DEVELOPMENT
The Library of Congress has been very active in development of Resource Description and Access, the planned successor to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed. Concerns raised by the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control led to a joint meeting of managers of LC and the two other U.S. national libraries, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Agricultural Library (NAL), on March 10, 2008. The representatives of the three national libraries agreed that the development of RDA is an important international initiative that has involved the resources of libraries in many countries for the past several years. The three U.S. national libraries agreed on a joint commitment to the further development and completion of RDA, with decisions on implementation to be made jointly after review and testing of the completed code. The text of the three libraries' joint statement is available online at URL
Representatives of NAL, NLM, and LC met on June 9 to begin to define the scope and nature of the testing of RDA that will be conducted as part of this agreement.
REPORT OF THE JOINT MEETING OF BIBCO AND CONSER OPERATIONS REPRESENTATIVES HELD MAY 1-2, 2008, AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Operation representatives from BIBCO and CONSER, the two bibliographic record programs of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), held joint and separate meetings May 1-2, 2008.
This report provides highlights from the joint meetings. Summaries of the separate program meetings will be available in the near future.
Update on RDA
The operations representatives were given an update on the April 2008 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) by Barbara Tillett, LC representative to JSC. Many of meeting outcomes reported by Dr. Tillett are posted on the JSC Web site: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/jsc/0804out.html Constituent review is expected to take place between August 2008 and October 2008 and an early 2009 release date is still on target. The final online product will include "workflows" that provide simple instructions to walk a cataloger through creating bibliographic and authority records. It will probably be possible for groups such as the PCC to specify guidelines for applying RDA and share this within the online product, but more will be known about this capability as the product nears completion.
Provider Neutral Records for Online Monographs
BIBCO members are considering a new proposal to develop guidelines for online monographs. CONSER members shared their experiences in developing guidelines for provider neutral records for online serials. The provider neutral approach calls for one record to represent the online version of a resource, even if it is delivered simultaneously in several packages. The approach reduces the number of duplicate records in the national database for
essentially the same resource and facilitates local tracking of resources. BIBCO members agreed to form a group to determine requirements, timeline, and steps for implementing a policy for provider neutral record for online monographs.
PCC Guidelines for Cataloging Integrating Resources
CONSER and BIBCO representatives discussed the 2008 revision of Integrating Resources: A Cataloging Manual http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/bibco/irman.pdf
The manual is used by members of both programs to create records for integrating resources and share record maintenance. The 2008 revision reflects new coding practices for integrating resources and the current WorldCat cataloging environment of PCC libraries since RLG and OCLC merged in 2006. Representatives discussed potential guidelines including advice on the number of records needed for different language versions of an online integrating resource.
LC Response to the Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control
Beacher Wiggins provided an update on LC's response to On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control http://www.loc.gov/bibliographicfuture/news/
(LC Cataloging Newsline)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This is a web service which can be integrated into library applications, websites, link resolvers, cataloging tools, and so on. There is also a pretty nifty human-ready demonstration interface known as Title History.
(Lorcan Demsey's weblog)
Monday, June 23, 2008
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The talks were:
* Keynote Address, Karen Calhoun "Traveling Through Transitions in Technical Services: From Surviving to Thriving"
* Response to Keynote, Panel Discussion / Beth Picknally Camden
* Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Current Development and Implementation Plans for Resource Description and Access (RDA) / John Attig
* On the Record, One View of the Future--Library of Congress Report on the Future of Bibliographic Control / Nancy Fallgren
* Making Special Collections Not So Special? The Implications for Archives and Special Collections of the Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control / Christine Di Bella
* High Quality Discovery in a Web 2.0 World: Architectures for Next Generation Catalogs / John Mark Ockerbloom
* Summary & Closing Remarks / Dina Giambi
Monday, June 16, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Starting with a definition of what, exactly, is a serialist, the guide offers tips to new serialists on everything from identifying current training needs and finding support to locating information on the latest cutting edge developments. Includes links to library organization and association Web sites (yes, NASIG is in there!), conferences, online training, discussion groups, online resources, and more. Packed with useful information for serialists new and not-so-new!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Tag of the Month page also features links to other helpful cataloging resources, including the online version of Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-Readable Cataloging, the definitive book on MARC, co-authored by the Library of Congress and Follett Software.
Part of Follett Software's website, along with "Ms. MARC."
Monday, June 2, 2008
Changes include, but are not limited to:
--Addition of codes from the IAML list of musical composition codes in 047.
--Addition of $j (Relator term) in 111, 611, 711 and 811.
--Addition of 034 (Coded Cartographic Mathematical Data) in Authorities.
--Addition of field 506 (Restrictions on Access Note) in Holdings records.
--New country (Ctry) and geographic area (field 043) codes for Kosovo.
--New bibliographic indexes: Language of Cataloging Description (040 $b) and Access Restrictions (506 $a and $f).
--New authority index: Cartographic Data index (034 $d, $e, $f, $g and $z).
New indexes and codes will be available in Connexion client dropdowns when the next version of the client is released. In client 2.10, new indexes may be searched manually in the command line and new codes may be entered manually.
Senior Consulting Database Specialist
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
A vote form is also available there and can be used by anyone to indicate whether they approve the statement or not and to make comments. The form can be printed out, filled in, and faxed, or it can be filled in electronically and sent as an e-mail attachment.
The form and any comments should be sent by e-mail to Barbara Tillett, Chair of the IME ICC Planning Committee, at email@example.com or by fax to +1-202-707-6629.
The deadline for comments is 30 June 2008.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Just as xISBN allows you to find all related editions of a book by entering its ISBN, xOCLCnum does the same thing using OCLC number.
xOCLCnum is queried using a simple URL format, and returns an XML response with both related OCLCnums and related ISBNs (if any). It is designed to be easily built in to your library application, so you can expand queries, find all related editions, or do whatever creative thing you want to do.
Background: ISBNs have been assigned since 1970, to most but not all books published.OCLC numbers are assigned whenever a record is added to WorldCat, OCLC's global union catalog. These records cover a large portion of all books, old and new, held by any library in North America and, increasingly other regions worldwide.
So the coverage range of OCLC numbers is far greater than that of ISBNs: in WorldCat, for example, around 100 million OCLCnums compared to about 20 million ISBNs.
See website: http://xisbn.worldcat.org/xisbnadmin/xoclcnum/index.htm
Thursday, May 22, 2008
As of this date [May 22, 2008], over 29,000 of these so-called "validation records" have been distributed, and they are continuing to be distributed at an accelerated pace.
The LC Subject Search screen in Class Web was recently restructured to allow users the option of excluding or including these validation records in their search results. Since most users who search for LC subject headings in Class Web wish to retrieve only standard subject authority records, not these special validation records, the default setting for searches is to exclude validation records. Users who wish to include validation records may override the default setting for a specific search by checking the box for this purpose that appears under "Display Options" on the search screen. Those users who wish to change the default setting to always include validation records in their searches may do so via the account preferences screen which is accessible from the Class Web Main Menu screen. On that screen ("Update Account Information"), a checkbox may be selected to always include validation records in subject heading searches. The checkbox can be found under the caption "LC Subject Heading Validation Records."
Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress
June 18, 2008
1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
The first in a series of webinars on standards in the library environment, this overview session will place standards in context. Speakers will address why standards are important to libraries and not just in the traditional technical services areas. As libraries are changing and evolving in an increasingly digital world, so are standards. This webinar will explain how standards are critical to the developments in such areas as e‑resources, user access, description and metadata, licensing, and preservation. Some specific standards, both published and forthcoming, will be touched on as examples and as lead-in to the other webinars in the series, which will discuss those and other standards in more depth. Participants will learn how they can become actively involved in standards development.
Sponsored by NISO and ALCTS. For details and registration see:
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thelawlibrarian/ or, http://tinyurl.com/4gtr57
We are welcoming back our special guest from the first segment, Ken Svengalis, author of the Legal Information Buyer's Guide. The show is scheduled for two hours this Friday to give callers a better opportunity to talk with Ken.
Our first segment had over 300 listeners, including 30 call-ins and about 100 people who used the chat room to send us questions. It was a little unnerving to have so many people descending on us all at once in so many directions - with only an hour to talk, we ran out of time. So, if you plan to join us, please follow these guidelines and we should have lots of fun.
1. You can listen to the show, either on you computer's speakers, or use headphones on your computer. This is the preferred method, from the hosts' point of view.
2. You can also listen in on your phone, by calling in on the call-in line. This is not the preferred method. My show's call-in number is, 347-945-7183. When you call in, you can stay on the line and listen to the whole show. However, when you listen in this way, I will think that you are a caller and will pick up your line to see if you have a question. If you choose to listen in this way, please send me an email with your phone number, or chat with us during the show to tell us that you are just listening in. But I need you phone number to tell listeners from callers. If I do pick up your line and ask if you have a question, but you are just listening, please just say, "Just Listening" quickly, so I can move on to the next caller.
3. If you have any questions ahead of time that you want us to address with Ken, please send me an email.
4. If you have ideas for future show topics or guests, please let me know.
I look forward to you joining me this Friday for a chat with co-host Brian Striman and our guest, Ken Svengalis.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Under terms of the agreement, OCLC member libraries participating in the Google Book Search™ program, which makes the full text of more than one million books searchable, may share their WorldCat-derived MARC records with Google to better facilitate discovery of library collections through Google.
Google will link from Google Book Search to WorldCat.org, which will drive traffic to library OPACs and other library services. Google will share data and links to digitized books with OCLC, which will make it possible for OCLC to represent the digitized collections of OCLC member libraries in WorldCat.
Full announcement at: http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200811.htm
Monday, May 19, 2008
The meeting will be held on Friday, August 8, 2008 (just before the IFLA Conference) at the Hotel Chateau Laurier in Quebec City. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m. Registration is $100.00 (Canadian) and will include breaks and lunch.
The speakers and program topics will include the following.
Barbara B. Tillett (JSC member): An overview of RDA development to include its history and development using the FRBR/FRAD conceptual models and relationship to the IME ICC
Deirdre Kiorgaard (Chair of the JSC): RDA structure and content
Gordon Dunsire (RDA Outreach Group member): RDA vocabulary and concepts, to include relationships with ONIX, Dublin Core and Semantic Web Communities
Christine Oliver (RDA Outreach Group chair): Demonstration of RDA Online
Anders Cato (Chair, IFLA Section on Cataloguing), and Renate Goempel (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek): The international community's reaction to RDA
Pamela Gatenby (Member, Committee of Principals): Future plans for RDA
For additional details and registration information, see:
The "full" version of a format contains detailed descriptions of every data element, along with examples, input conventions, and history sections--all of the information from the printed formats. There are no textual differences between the Online Full and the printed documentation. The Concise still contains all of the elements and enough description to serve many lookup needs. Changes from the most recent update of the formats are indicated in the text of both the Online Concise and the Online Full.
Comments concerning the usability of these web documents or suggestions for improved usability are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 16, 2008
(Dempsey, Lorcan. “Reconfiguring the Library Systems Environment.” in portal: Libraries and the Academy (Apr. 2008) at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v008/8.2dempsey.html)
Thursday, May 15, 2008