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)