Friday, January 25, 2008

NISO and UKSG Partner to Tackle Inefficiencies in OpenURL Supply Chain

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and UK Serials Group (UKSG) have launched the Knowledge Base And Related Tools (KBART) working group. The establishment of the group follows last year's publication of the UKSG-sponsored research report, Link Resolvers and the Serials Supply Chain. The report identified inefficiencies in the supply and manipulation of journal article data that impact the efficacy and potential of OpenURL linking. The KBART working group's mandate has been extended beyond the serials supply chain to consider best practice for supply of data pertaining to e-resources in general.

The group will comprise representatives from publishers, libraries, link resolver and ERM vendors, subscription agents and other parties involved in the creation of, provision of data to and implementation of knowledge bases. These key components of the OpenURL supply chain play a critical role in the delivery of the appropriate copy to end-users of content in a networked environment.

More information available at NISO:

Thursday, January 17, 2008

NISO Digital Preservation Forum

NISO Digital Preservation Forum, 14 March 2008, Washington, DC, USA.

Description from NISO Newsline: "With the increasing number of digital objects – both those born digital and those that have been converted to digital formats to enhance access, delivery, and creative use of library collections – the need to focus on how these digital objects themselves will be preserved is paramount. Good business practices require attention to interoperability with various systems and platforms, a focus on accessibility, and use of and attention to formats that will be allow for extensibility and flexibility. By creating well-formed content at the outset and paying attention to digital preservation issues as part of the collection management plan, we can better ensure the longevity of these collections. NISO's Digital Preservation forum will provide insight and allow for further discussion of these issues."

Contact Karen Wetzel for more information:

(D-Lib Magazine)

Computers in Libraries Conference

Computers in Libraries, 7 - 9 April 2008, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

"The 23rd annual Computers in Libraries [is] the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition on all aspects of library & information delivery technology. Although the tools and technology available to libraries & information services have changed over the years, the excellent quality and range of both topics and speakers at Computers in Libraries 2008 remain the same."

For more information, please see

(D-Lib Magazine)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Issue of D-Lib Magazine

The January/February 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available at

This issue contains five articles, a workshop report, 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 "Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" contributed by Betsy Kruger.

The articles include:

*Interoperability for Searching Learning Object Repositories: The ProLearn Query Language
Stefaan Ternier and Erik Duval, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) / ARIADNE Foundation, Belgium; David Massart, European Schoolnet (EUN); and Alessandro Campi, Sam Guinea, and Stefano Ceri, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy

*Creating Preservation-Ready Web Resources
Joan A. Smith and Michael L. Nelson, Old Dominion University
Carrots and Sticks: Some Ideas on How to Create a Successful Institutional Repository
Miguel Ferreira, Eloy Rodrigues, Ana Alice Baptista, and Ricardo Saraiva, University of Minho, Portugal

*Necessary but Not Sufficient: Modelling Online Archive Development in the UK
Ian G. Anderson, HATII, University of Glasgow

*The Current State-of-art in Newspaper Digitization: A Market Perspective
Edwin Klijn, Koninklijke Bibliotheek

The workshop report is:
Next Steps for E-Science, the Textual Humanities and VREs: A Report on Text and Grid: Research Questions for the Humanities, Sciences and Industry, UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2007, Stuart Dunn and Tobias Blanke, King's College London

(PACS-P e-list)

Monday, January 14, 2008

International Survey of Library Automation

"Marshall Breeding surveyed a fairly extensive and global group of librarians regarding satisfaction with the ILS, plans to migrate, and interest in open source. The results are at:"


What They Don't Teach in Library School

What They Don't Teach in Library School: Competencies, Education, and Employer Expectations for a Career in Cataloging

On June 22, 2007, librarians from across the United States and Canada gathered in Washington, D.C. during ALA Annual to discuss the future of cataloging at a preconference sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Committee on Education, Training & Recruitment for Cataloging (ALCTS/CETRC), the Library of Congress and the Catholic University of America. The preconference was designed to assess the current state of recruitment and education in cataloging and its suitability for the current library environment. The sessions focused on the disconnect between what you learn in library school and the reality of working in cataloging. Panel members shared their professional viewpoints and personal experiences related to the changing technical skills, education requirements, cataloging and bibliographic access competencies and employers’ expectations for catalog librarians in the 21st century.

Find out more and view webcasts at

(Cataloging Futures blog)

Friday, January 11, 2008

2007 ALA Annual MARBI Minutes

The minutes from the ALA Annual MARBI meeting in June 2007 are available at:


Thursday, January 10, 2008

LC Working Group Final Report Now Available

On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control is now available at


Thursday, January 3, 2008

cARTalog: A Memorial to the Card Catalog

"The cARTalog grows from the empty drawers of the University of Iowa Libraries’ main card catalog, which was retired in 2004. A small community of library staff—motivated by both nostalgia and library subculture-- has come together to give the card catalog cards themselves a rebirth, in order to celebrate the role of this honorific icon within the world of libraries as well as the UI Libraries’ sesquicentennial."

(Neat New Stuff)