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:

(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
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 information about the CER beta and the pilot can be found at
Bill Carney, OCLC
email: carneyb at

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:

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

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:

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:

(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)