Tuesday, December 23, 2008

lcsh.info Update

The lcsh.info project was mentioned earlier on this blog, but it has now been taken down. Read more at: http://lcsh.info/2008/12/19/uncool-uris/


LC Genre/Form Projects

Timeline and Plan for the Next Five Library of Congress Genre/Form Projects is at:


Friday, December 12, 2008

GPO Separate Record Cataloging Policy

November 19, 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.



"Facing Forward" Slides

Check out Diane Hillmann's slides for her presentation "Facing Forward: The Challenges Facing Cataloging and Catalogers" at: http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/11536

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.

(FRBR Blog)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Why RDA?

Check out Tim Knight's slides from his presentation at the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference on May 26, 2008. It's entitled "Why RDA?" and is at:


(Bib Blog)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mobile Library Interfaces

"Focus on the Interface": Superpatron Edward Vielmetti gives a patron's-eye view of mobile library interfaces, along with ideas on putting phones to good use.


(Current Cites)

Open Source Integrated Library Systems

"As libraries make decisions about what software to use when automating their operations, it is vital for decision-makers to have a solid grasp of the available options," notes Marshall Breeding in the final 2008 issue of Library Technology Reports, "Open Source Integrated Library Systems."In this issue, Breeding details the differences between using an open source approach to that of using conventional proprietary software for automated operations.


(Current Cites)

Metadata Matters

Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps started a new blog: Metadata Matters.


(Cataloging Futures)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Authority Non-Latin Reference Project Completed

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce that OCLC has completed the pre-population of the NACO authority file with non-Latin references (authority 4XX fields) derived from non-Latin bibliographic heading fields in WorldCat, a use of data-mining techniques originally developed for the WorldCat Identities project. The pre-population project, which began in mid-July, added non-Latin script references to 497,576 name authority records for personal names and corporate bodies.

**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
(see http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/nonlatin_whitepaper.html).

Special thanks to Robert Bremer, and colleagues at OCLC, for all the efforts to make this pre-population a reality.

Dave Reser
LC Policy & Standards Division

(OBS-OCLC e-list)

ALCTS E-Forum on Institutional Repositories

Up-coming E-Forum discussion from ALCTS, Dec. 3-5, 2008

"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 alcts-eforum@ala.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

The Challenge of Acquisitions in the Digital Age

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

LC Digital Preservation Newsletter

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter, November 2008 issue is at:



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Full Draft of RDA Available

The full draft of RDA is now available for comment. Please see the following Web page for details on accessing the draft and making comments:

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).

(AUTOCAT e-list)

New Issue of D-Lib Magazine

The November/December 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available:


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

(PACS-P e-list)

Monday, November 17, 2008

LC Reorganization

Library Reorganization Merges Acquisition and Cataloging Functions

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/

(TS-SIS e-list)

More on New OCLC Policy

The FAQ for OCLC's updated Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat records addresses these topics and more here:


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 recorduse@oclc.org

--Karen Calhoun, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services

(AUTOCAT e-list)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do Tags Help Users Find Things?

Searching with Tags: Do Tags Help Users Find Things? by Margaret E.I. Kipp appears in Proceedings 10th International Conference of the International Society for Knowledge Organization, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

"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

Reference Extract

"Have you ever wished for a personal reference librarian, an information guru to point you to the most reliable sites whenever you search the Web? A new search-engine project aims to simulate something like that. The trick? Weighting search results so that librarians’ picks rise to the top.

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.'"


(Wired Campus)


lcsh.info is "an experimental service that makes Library of Congress Subject Headings available as linked-data using the SKOS vocabulary. The goal of lcsh.info is to encourage experimentation and use of LCSH on the web with the hopes of informing a similar effort at the Library of Congress to make a continually updated version available."


(Collocate and Disambiguate blog)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

RDA Documents Now Available

The following documents are now available on the JSC web site at:


- 5JSC/RDA/Editor's Guide
- 5JSC/RDA/Objectives and Principles/Rev/2
- 5JSC/RDA/Prospectus/Rev/6
- 5JSC/RDA/Scope/Rev/3
- 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

Kathy Winzer
Catalog Librarian
Robert Crown Law Library
Stanford University

(TS-SIS e-list)

New OCLC Policy on Use and Transfer of Records

Posted on behalf of Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services

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.


(OCLC-CAT e-list)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

440 Now Obsolete

The Program for Cooperative Cataloging has issued the following guidelines for implementing the recent decision to make field 440 obsolete. The PCC recommends that members implement this change beginning Oct 24, 2008.


(TS-SIS e-list)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

RDA Full Draft Update

The full draft of RDA will be available for Constituency Review during the week of November 3rd. Our intent is to issue it in a preliminary version of the software with Browse and Quick Search functionality. We will provide you with the appropriate URL from which you will be able both to view and print the full draft.

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

(AUTOCAT e-list)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cataloger Scenarios

From the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative/RDA Task group wiki:

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.


(Cataloging Futures)

New Website for eXtensible Catalog Project

"The eXtensible Catalog Project is pleased to announce that we have launched our new website at http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/

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."

(LITA e-list)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

OCLC Webinar on Cataloging Innovation

Attend a special program, Thursday, October 23, 2–3 pm ET, on innovative and emerging cataloging practices and trends that can help build next-generation catalogs, expose your library's metadata and make your cataloging workflows more efficient.

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

New Name for CPSO

Posted for Bob Hiatt:

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 policy@loc.gov Anything addressed to cpso@loc.gov 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.

(OCLC-CAT e-list)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

SOPAC Available

Welcome to the wonderful world of social cataloging!

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.



RDA Presentation

See the slides from Heidi Lee Hoerman's Sept. 28, 2008 presentation on RDA at the recent OLAC/MOUG/NOTSL Conference at:


(AUTOCAT e-list)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Open Library Environment (OLE) Webcast

With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the *Open Library Environment (OLE) Project* is convening the academic and research library community in the design of an Open Library Management System built on Service Oriented Architecture. The project is dedicated to thinking beyond the current model of an Integrated Library System and to designing a new system that is flexible, customizable and able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern, dynamic academic and research libraries. The end product will be a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.

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
webcast, see:

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/

(AUTOCAT e-list)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry (CER) pilot

I saw this on the OCLC-CAT e-list. I think it is quite a fascinating use of social networking, and particularly relevant for law.

OCLC is hosting a Webinar to introduce the WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry (CER) pilot on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 2:00 to 3:00 ET. Please register for the Webinar at https://www3.oclc.org/app/request/bin/request.asp?specialCode=CER08Oct.
OCLC has launched a pilot to explore the feasibility of building a cooperatively created and maintained repository of copyright evidence. The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is a community working together to build a union catalog of copyright evidence based on WorldCat metadata, additional information contributed by libraries and by other interested organizations.
Digitization projects continue for books in the public domain, but books whose copyright status is unknown are destined to remain in print and on shelves until their status can be determined. The process to determine copyright status can be lengthy and labor intensive. The goal of the Copyright Evidence Registry is to encourage a cooperative environment to discover, create and share copyright evidence through a collaboratively created and maintained database, using the WorldCat cooperative model to eliminate duplicate efforts.
The CER beta is searchable today at http://www.worldcat.org/copyrightevidenceMore information about the CER beta and the pilot can be found at http://www.oclc.org/us/en/productworks/cer.htm.
Bill Carney, OCLC
email: carneyb at oclc.org

Friday, September 19, 2008

FRBR-based Work-level Records for Moving Image Materials

OLAC's Cataloging Policy Committee (CAPC) created a task force earlier this year to investigate and make recommendations on issues related to FRBR-based work-level records for moving image materials.

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 kmcgrath@bsu.edu.

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.

Thank you.
Kelley McGrath
Chair, OLAC/CAPC Moving Image Work-Level Records Task Force

(OLAC e-list)

Monday, September 15, 2008

D-Lib Magazine Issue Available

The September/October 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available at: http://www.dlib.org/

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

(PACS-P e-list)

Variations/FRBR Project Funded

Indiana University's Digital Library Program - Bloomington, Indiana

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.



Current Issue of TechKNOW

TechKNOW volume 14, issue 2 (August 2008):

*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



IFLA RDA Satellite Meeting Presentations

The PowerPoint presentations and speaker notes from the IFLA RDA Satellite Meeting held in conjunction with the 2008 IFLA Conference are now available on the JSC website. You can find them at:


Marjorie E. Bloss
RDA Project Manager


Changing Landscape of Contemporary Cataloging

"The Changing Landscape of Contemporary Cataloging" by Sue Ann Gardner. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v. 45, no. 4 (2008): 81-99 (and also available at repository link below).

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.


(Cataloging Futures)

Journal of Library Metadata

The Journal of Library Metadata marks the growing importance of metadata in libraries. As libraries collect, produce, distribute, and publish more information than ever before, the metadata that describes these resources becomes more crucial for electronic resource management and discovery.

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: jeffrey.beall@ucdenver.edu

(Cataloging Futures)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ithaka Report

Ithaka's 2006 Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education.

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.


(OCLC Abstracts)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Multiple Library Systems Article

"The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Co-operation" by Janifer Gatenby. Ariadne, issue 56 (July 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."


(NISO Newsline)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

RDA IFLA Satellite Conference Summary

Summarized on The Bib Blog (York University Libraries Bibliographic Services) by Tim Knight.


(Cataloging Futures)

Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century

This new title from the Council on Library and Information Resources, No Brief Candle: Reconceiving the Research Library for the 21st Century, is composed of a series of provocative essays, the proceedings of a lively and informed symposium earlier this year in Washington, and a set of recommendations extrapolated from both. While several of the subject headings are familiar—scholarly communication, peer review, preservation of data, and e-science—the conclusions and recommendations are not. The consensus derived from these efforts was unambiguous in calling for more aggressive intervention to better structure and manage the challenges we face.


(Library Link of the Day)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

OCLC/RLG Partnership Highlights

Annual Highlights of the RLG Partnership and OCLC Programs and Research Now Available

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.

More information

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

Metadata for Digital Collections Online Workshop

November 10-December 12, 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

Helpful Ideas for Batch Loading Vendor Records

In case you missed it at AALL in Portland, the blog Cataloging Futures, gave kudos to Yael Mandelstam's presentation on Loading Vendor Records:

"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"

Free Covers from LibraryThing

LibraryThing is making nearly one million book covers available for free. It is pretty simple coding to grab them. Thanks Tim et al.

Read more on the LibraryThing Blog

Monday, August 11, 2008

Open Library Environment Project

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $475,700 grant to the Duke University Libraries to lead an international team in the design of "a next-generation, open-source library system." The project, dubbed the Open Library Environment (OLE) Project, seeks to develop a "design document" for an alternative to commercial Integrated Library System (ILS) products.

Read more at: http://oleproject.org/

(Library Journal Academic Newswire)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

OCLC Crosswalk Web Service Demo

OCLC Research Launches Crosswalk Web Service Demo

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.


(OCLC Abstracts)

Friday, August 1, 2008

ALA conference materials wiki

For finding ALA annual conference materials, here is the wiki:


It doesn't seem to be a comprehensive collection though.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blogging About Conferences

Check out the Metadata Blog for reports from the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim:


And don't forget the TS/OBS blog with reports from the AALL Annual Conference in Portland:



"BiblioCommons, a new social discovery system for libraries that replaces all user-facing OPAC functionality, allowing for faceted searching and easier user commenting and tagging ..."

Read more at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6579748.html

(LITA-L e-list)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

hangingtogether.org Blog

There are a couple posts on the hangingtogether.org blog by Jim Michalko about his experience at the AALL conference in Portland last week:

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)

OCLC/ALISE Research Grants

Each year OCLC collaborates with ALISE to award several research grants. This year, OCLC decided to focus on proposals that address the issues identified in On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.

Read more at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001716.html

(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)

Name Authorities

"Libraries have invested significantly in name authority work over the years, and have created extensive infrastructure to help manage names of people and organizations. The relationship between this work and broader interest in this topic is something that will need to be addressed in coming years if this work is to continue to have utility."

Read more at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/001699.html

(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)

ASIST 2008 Annual Meeting

People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People

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

Update on Next Generation Cataloging and Metadata Creation Pilot

Earlier this year, OCLC announced a pilot project to explore upstream metadata capture and metadata enhancement using publisher and vendor ONIX (Online Information Exchange) metadata. Here's an overview of how the pilot is progressing and the next steps.

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

(OCLC Abstracts)

Collocate and Disambiguate Blog

Collocate and Disambiguate: Currents in authority control and authority data

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.


(LITA-L e-list)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Classify Service from OCLC

Classify is an experimental classification service from OCLC. Search, the resulting FRBR set is checked and then the classification numbers used displayed. Quick, simple way to get a class number. No need to be an OCLC member. Does Dewey, NLM, and LCC at least. Not sure about other less used classification schemes, like the one at the US Geological Survey.


Build the Open Shelves Classification

"I hereby invite you to help build the Open Shelves Classification (OSC), a free, "humble," modern, open-source, crowd-sourced replacement for the Dewey Decimal System.I've been speaking of doing something like this for a while, but I think it's finally going to become a reality. LibraryThing members are into it and after my ALA panel talk, a number of catalogers expressed interest too. Best of all, one library director has signed on as eager to implement the system, when it comes available. Hey, one's a start!

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)


Workshop Name: Everything Need Not Be Miscellaneous: Controlled Vocabularies and Classification in a Web World

Organizing Committee:
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.


(OLAC e-list)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Beta Test of MWeb Universal 1.2

We invite you to participate in the beta test of MWeb Universal 1.2. This beta program is open to all. If you provide us with useful feedback, we will give you a free copy of the final software. MWeb Universal 1.2 provides web-based searching of multiple MARC21 files in their native format -- no need to convert or export. Any number of files can be searched at once. All files must be either bibliographic or authority, and either MARC-8 or UTF-8.

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 info@systemsplanning.com. 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!
Stephen Toney
Systems Planning
MWeb, MARCView, and MARConvert are trademarks of Systems Planning

(MARC e-list)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Issue of NextSpace

The June issue of NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter is available at:


(OCLC Abstracts)

CLIR Requests Proposals for Hidden Collections Grant

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has opened the application period for its new grant program, Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives. Information about the program and links to the online application and guidelines are available at


The deadline for completed applications is September 2, 2008.

Metadata for Resource Discovery

Metadata to Support Next-Generation Library Resource Discovery: Lessons from the eXtensilble Catalog, Phase 1 by Jennifer Bowen has been published in the June 2008 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (p. 6-19).

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

Cataloging Principles and RDA Webcast

Cataloging Principles and RDA by Barbara Tillett is available as a webcast from the Library of Congress at:


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.


MARBI Meeting Minutes

The 2008 ALA Midwinter MARBI Meeting minutes are now available at:



Uncontrolled Vocabulary

Check out Uncontrolled Vocabulary: A weekly live interactive roundtable discussion of all things library, every Wednesday at 10 PM Eastern at: http://uncontrolledvocabulary.com/

(LITA Blog)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Upcoming Changes in ABA Questionnaires

Report to Law Library Directors on Upcoming Changes in the ABA Questionnaires

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

(TS-SIS e-list)

Extending Discovery Capabilities of WorldCat Local

OCLC and Index Data, a software development and consulting enterprise that specializes in information retrieval and metasearch solutions, are working together to extend the discovery capabilities of WorldCat Local to include all licensed and full-text resources of a library.

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

(OCLC Abstracts)

RDA Full Draft Delayed

The Co-Publishers of RDA Online (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have reached the conclusion that further time is required to complete the development of the new software that will be used for distributing the full draft of RDA for constituency review.

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

(AUTOCAT e-list)

Friday, June 27, 2008

LC Cataloging Newsline Items of Interest

Here are a few items of interest from the volume 16, no. 4 (June 2008) issue of LC Cataloging Newsline:


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

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.

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

xISSN Web Service

xISBN is now being joined by xISSN, a new Web service. With this service you can supply an ISSN, and find out about any predecessor, successor, and alternate ISSNs and titles, and find the electronic ISSN for a print title or vice versa.

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

Metalogue Blog

Metalogue is a forum for sharing thoughts on all things related to knowledge organization by and for libraries, hosted by Karen Calhoun, Vice President, WorldCat and Metadata Services for OCLC. Karen is joined often by friends and colleagues from all over the globe, who contribute perspectives and experiences about the current and future state of cataloguing and metadata.


(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Future of Cataloging: A PALINET Symposium

MP3s and slides from The Future of Cataloging: A PALINET Symposium are now available at:


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

On Descript Blog

On Descript is a forum dedicated to all things description in Library and Information Science (LIS). Here, you'll find information on subjects like cataloging, indexing, abstracting and the foundations of description practices in LIS. Please share your ideas!



Monday, June 9, 2008

Behind the Scenes in Technical Services

What happens before a book, CD or other item makes it to the library shelves? Take a fun, tongue-in-cheek, behind-the-scenes look at the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Public Library's Technical Services Department.


Blog for Library Technology

"[BLT] Blog for Library Technology is published by the University of Michigan Library's Library Information Technology division. We'll talk about technological innovations we're developing in the U-M library. We welcome your comments and feedback!"


(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"How to Survive as a New Serialist" NASIGuide

A NASIGuide on How to Survive as a New Serialist by Glenda Griffin is now available on the NASIGWeb Publications page:


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!

(NASIG-L e-list)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Response to "On the Record" Report

Deanna Marcum has released the response to On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.


(AUTOCAT e-list)

Tag of the Month

Need help understanding MARC tags? Turn to Tag of the Month. This helpful resource features a new topic every month, including a description of the tag's uses and working examples.

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."

(Planet Cataloging)

Monday, June 2, 2008

OCLC Implements MARC Changes

On Sunday, June 1, 2008 OCLC implemented changes related to the OCLC-MARC Update 2008 in Connexion browser and client. These changes are based on MARC 21 Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings Formats, Updates No. 7 (dated October 2006), MARC Code List changes and additions and a few changes suggested by users and OCLC staff. For complete details, see OCLC Technical Bulletin 255 at:


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.

Jay Weitz
Senior Consulting Database Specialist
OCLC Online Computer Library Center

(OCLC-CAT e-list)

Statement of International Cataloguing Principles Available for Review

This is a reminder announcement that the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles developed by the five IFLA Meetings of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code is now available for worldwide review and comment at:


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 btil@loc.gov or by fax to +1-202-707-6629.

The deadline for comments is 30 June 2008.

(AUTOCAT e-list)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


A new service from OCLC:

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

Subject Heading Validation Records in Class Web

In May 2007, the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) began distributing a series of subject authority records that were created solely for the purpose of allowing for machine validation of commonly used subject strings consisting of established headings combined with free-floating subdivisions. (Further details about these records can be found in the CDS announcment at http://www.loc.gov/cds/notices/2007-05-25-Subject_Authority_Validation_Records.pdf)

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."

Paul Weiss
Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress

(class-web-announce e-list)

Demystifying Library Standards Webinar

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:


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Law Librarian on BlogTalkRadio May 23rd

This Friday, May 23, 2008, 2 - 4 PM, Central Time, will be the second segment of The Law Librarian, a call-in internet radio talk show on BlogTalkRadio

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.

Richard Leiter

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

OCLC/Google Agreement

OCLC and Google Inc. have signed an agreement to exchange data that will facilitate the discovery of library collections through Google search services.

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

(OCLC Abstracts)

Monday, May 19, 2008

IFLA Satellite Meeting on RDA

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (Resource Description and Access) in consultation with the IFLA Section on Cataloguing is pleased to present a satellite meeting on RDA, Resource Description and Access. RDA will be a new standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and will be the successor to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition.

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:


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New Issue of Digital Preservation Newsletter

The May 2008 issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program is now available. It provides program updates and news from the Library and its partners.


(D-Lib Magazine)

MARC 21 Full Formats Online

The Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office is pleased to announce that the Full versions of all five MARC 21 formats are now available online at www.loc.gov/marc/, along with the Online Concise.

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 ndmso@loc.gov.

(TS-SIS e-list)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Reconfiguring the Library Systems Environment

Think of some of the ways that the environment in which library users operate has changed in recent years. Behaviors and expectations have been reconfigured in a network environment as more of what people do enters a network space. One of the main issues facing libraries as they work to create richer user services is the complexity of their systems environments: the classic ILS, the systems framework emerging around licensed materials, and several repository systems for "digital" resources. In each system, we see a backend apparatus for managing collections, each with its own workflow, systems, and organizational support, and each with its own—different—front-end presentation and discovery mechanisms. What this means is that the front-end presentation mirrors the organizational development over time of the library backend systems, rather than the expectations or behaviors of the users. In this article, Lorcan Dempsy discusses his observations, issues, and considerations regarding the current systems environment and suggests some possible directions to better align libraries’ capacities to the changed user environment.

(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

eXtensible Text Framework

"The California Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce a new release of its search and display technology, the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) version 2.1. XTF is an open source, highly flexible software application that supports the search, browse and display of heterogeneous digital content. XTF offers efficient and practical methods for creating customized end-user interfaces for distinct digital content collections."