Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The author speculates that part of the problem is that we often don't know where to start when it comes to preserving born-digital content. What needs to be preserved? What systems and formats should we use? How will we pay for it? She firmly believes that law libraries must invest in digital preservation if we are to remain relevant and true to our purpose in the 21st century.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Digital books have become widely available through various devices and vendors. This whitepaper addresses questions about the future of reader privacy, consumers' rights, and potential censorship. It offers readers of digital books a checklist with eight basic questions, such as: Does the e-book reader/service/tool protect your privacy? Do you own the book or just rent or license it? Is it burdened with digital rights management(DRM)? Does it promote access to knowledge?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
National Library of Australia
The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and its relevance to libraries is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service, FamilySearch, Wikipedia, Distributed Proofreaders, Galaxy Zoo and The Guardian MP's Expenses Scandal. These services have harnessed thousands of digital volunteers who transcribe, create, enhance and correct text, images and archives. Known facts about crowdsourcing are presented and helpful tips and strategies for libraries beginning to crowdsource are given.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Karen Smith-Yoshimura (OCLC Research) will provide an overview of the working group’s analysis, including highlights of her analysis of MARC tag occurrences in WorldCat, the analysis of MARC tags used for matching records while building five aggregated databases done by Hugh Taylor (University of Cambridge) and analysis of encoding levels in Worldcat done by Chew Chiat Naun (University of Minnesota). Karen will also present the working group’s list of factors to consider when making decisions about local MARC metadata practices and its view on MARC’s future.
Catherine Argus (National Library of Australia) will summarize her analysis of MARC tags indexed in five aggregate databases: AMICUS (the national union catalog of Canada, hosted by the Library and Archives Canada), COPAC (the pubic union catalog of the Research Libraries UK), Libraries Australia, WorldCat.org and OCLC’s FirstSearch.
Timothy J. Dickey (OCLC Research) will present his recommendations for enhanced library data mining.
Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz (University of California, Berkeley), one of authors of the report’s executive summary, will also be participating.
You may register for the webinar here.
From the RLG announcement mailing list 3/12/2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
From LJ Academic Newswire, 3/11/2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Year of Cataloging Research website is now available at http://faculty.washington.edu/acarlyle/yocr/index.html. While the spirit of the Year of Cataloging Research embraces all research relating to bibliographic control (including metadata, classification theory , social tagging, etc.), the information posted on the Year of Cataloging Research website may be restricted to that specifically related to library metadata, cataloging, classification, and catalogs.
Posted by Allyson Carlyle on Autocat, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Some law libraries have been experiencing, ah, problems with West's shipping boxes. They're empty! Thanks to CRIV taking action, West figured out why.
I want to thank you for your recent comments alerting us to the issue of customers receiving empty boxes from us. In response to your feedback, we have examined our processes; following is a summary of the root causes and resolutions we have implemented.
We believe the primary reason for the empty cartons was inadequate carton glue. We have since worked with our adhesive vendor to implement changes to our packaging and shipping process to ensure the correct glue is available and properly applied.
We also found that the book feeder on the packaging line occasionally misfeeds books, causing empty boxes to be sealed and mailed. To remedy this, we installed an electronic eye on the machine to detect boxes without books and remove them.
Lastly, we contacted the United States Postal Service (USPS) to understand the USPS package handling equipment and processes that could impact the integrity of our packaging.
I appreciate the feedback we have received from this group and apologize for the frustration this issue has caused. Please know we take your comments seriously and are working to remedy this situation.
Senior Director, Librarian Relations
A further discussion of open bibliographic data can be viewed here. Apparently, there really are not many sources of open bibliographic data -- but if you think about it, that's not much of a surprise. The Library of Congress data is free of copyright within the United States, but not outside of it. I think the thing is, it's not an inexpensive thing to make a catalog
- Act as a central point of reference and support for people interested in open bibliographic data
- Identify relevant projects and practices. Promote best practices as well as legal and technical standards for making data open (such as the Open Knowledge Definition).
- Act as a hub for the development and maintenance of low cost, community driven projects related to open bibliographic data.
Discovered through Catalogablog.
Below is a call for bloggers for a new Metadata Blog, which may also be of interest to our readers.
*Call for Bloggers: Information about Metadata wants to be Shared*
Monday, March 1, 2010
According to the RDA Online website, the RDA Toolkit will be available in June 2010.
In addition to including RDA, the RDA Toolkit "helps you navigate from AACR2 to RDA—the new, unified standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users."