Monday, March 31, 2008

New Issue of OCLC's NextSpace

See issue no. 8 (Feb. 2008) of NextSpace: the OCLC Newsletter at:

It includes a piece entitled "Next-Gen Cataloging" at:

(print version)

New Issue of Code4Lib Journal

Issue 2 of Code4Lib Journal is now available at:

Table of contents:

*Code4Lib: More Than a Journal
Eric Lease Morgan

*Free and Open Source Options for Creating Database-Driven Subject Guides
Edward M. Corrado and Kathryn A. Frederick

*Using Google Calendar to Manage Library Website Hours
Andrew Darby

*Geocoding LCSH in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Chris Freeland, Martin Kalfatovic, Jay Paige, and Marc Crozier

*Toward Element-Level Interoperability in Bibliographic Metadata
Carol Jean Godby, Devon Smith and Eric Childress

*Help! A Simple Method for Getting Back-Up Help to the Reference Desk
Kenneth Furuta and Michele Potter

*Googlizing a Digital Library
Jody DeRidder

*Participatory Design of Websites with Web Design Workshops
Nancy Fried Foster, Nora Dimmock, and Alison Bersani

*Quick Lookup Laptops in the Library: Leveraging Linux with a SLAX LiveCD
Dan Scott and Kevin Beswick

*The ICAP (Interactive Course Assignment Pages) Publishing System
Margaret Mellinger and Kim Griggs

*Respect My Authority
Jonathan Gorman

*Conference Report: Code4LibCon2008
Carol Bean, Ranti Junus, and Deborah Mouw


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Blogs Available

Here are some blogs of potential interest, two from OCLC and one from JISC.

From OCLC: The Developers' Network blog

This provide updates about services which allow applications integrate OCLC services and data.

And Andrew Pace reappears in a new location: Hectic Pace

JISC now has a blog from the Information Environment Team, which, if they keep going ;-), will be a good place to look for developments in repositories, preservation and resource discovery. There will be a UK emphasis, but it should also be of general interest. No doubt, it will also be marked by 'high acronymic density'.

(Lorcan Dempsey's weblog)

New D-Lib Magazine Issue Available

The March/April 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available at

This issue contains two commentaries (one of which has two parts), three articles, 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 "The UCSF Japanese Woodblock Print Collection" contributed by Lisa A. Mix.

The commentaries include:

*The Fifth Blackbird: Some Thoughts on Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation
Brian F. Lavoie, OCLC Online Computer Library Center

*Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 1: Four Challenges from the Field
Catherine C. Marshall, Microsoft Research

*Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 2: Implications for Services, Applications, and Institutions
Catherine C. Marshall, Microsoft Research

The articles include:

*Site Design Impact on Robots: An Examination of Search Engine Crawler Behavior at Deep and Wide Websites
Joan A. Smith and Michael L. Nelson, Old Dominion University

*The Australian METS Profile - A Journey about Metadata
Judith Pearce, David Pearson, Megan Williams and Scott Yeadon, National Library of Australia

*Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface
Erik Mitchell and Kevin Gilbertson, Wake Forest University

(PACS-P e-list)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

CC:DA Public Electronic Discussion List

CC:DA announces a public read-only email discussion list to allow non-CC:DA members to "view" committee discussions and work that takes place between/outside of the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

In order for the committee to do its work efficiently, non-CC:DA members will be able read CC:DA email, but will not be able to post messages. However, ideas and comments on discussions are welcome, and can be funneled to the list through your CC:DA representative (AALL's is Kathy Winzer).

To subscribe to the list, send an email to:
with the phrase "subscribe rules" in the subject line and the body of the message blank. Your email address will be captured automatically.


Response to LC Working Group Report

Thomas Mann, reference librarian at the Library of Congess (LC), has written a paper in response to the report of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control:

(TS-SIS e-list)

Friday, March 14, 2008

RDA/MARC Working Group Established

RDA/MARC Working Group Established

Under the auspices of the British Library, the Library and Archives Canada, and the Library of Congress, an RDA/MARC Working Group has been established to collaborate on the development of proposals for changes to the MARC 21 formats to accommodate the encoding of RDA data. With the implementation of RDA anticipated for late 2009, the Working Group will be drafting proposals for review and discussion by the MARC community in June 2008.

Although the MARC 21 formats support the encoding of descriptions created according to a wide range of content standards, the close relationship between AACR and MARC 21 has contributed to the efficient exchange of information among libraries for decades. The RDA/MARC Working Group will identify what changes are required to MARC 21 to support compatibility with RDA and ensure effective data exchange into the future.

Members of the RDA/MARC Working Group are:

Everett Allgood (New York University and CC:DA Liaison to MARBI)

Corine Deliot (British Library)

Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress)

Bill Leonard (Library and Archives Canada)

Sally McCallum (Library of Congress)

Marg Stewart (JSC Liaison to the RDA/MARC Working Group)

Martha Yee (UCLA Film and Television Archive)



Marjorie E. Bloss, RDA Project Manager
2827 West Gregory Street
Chicago, IL 60625
1-773-519-4009 (cell)

(Autocat 3.13.08)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

OBS-SIS Legal Websites of the Month Now Available as a WorldCat Collection Set

OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets allows you to easily load multiple records for a specific set into your local catalog and automatically sets your holdings in WorldCat. Various record processing options are available.

A new set was recently added:

American Association of Law Libraries OBS-SIS Legal Websites

For information about WorldCat Collection Sets visit:

For a list of all available sets visit:

Please contact your OCLC regional service provider for pricing and ordering information.

Susan Walker
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
MC 139
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395
1-800-848-5878 ext. 6282
fax: 614-718-7426

(OBS e-list)