Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Serials Solutions receives full permissions as CONSER Affiliate member

March 31, 2010: Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, announced today that its catalogers can “CONSER authenticate” non-CONSER records for distribution as new records. Now a CONSER Affiliate member of the Library of Congress’ Serial Record Division with full permissions, Serials Solutions can improve the quality of CONSER records used worldwide and provide current clients of Serials Solutions 360 MARC Update service with new and enhanced records.

The full announcement is available at:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Library of Congress documentation for the RDA test

The Library of Congress is making available its files of policy decisions, training materials, etc., developed for its participation in the US Resource Description and Access (RDA) test. Other libraries, whether participating in the RDA test or not, are welcome to use and modify these files for their local situations.

Note that these files represent decisions just for the RDA test. If the Library of Congress decides to implement RDA, some of the decisions may be changed as the result of feedback from the test.

The files are posted at

This information is courtesy of Judith A. Kuhagen at the Library of Congress, posted to Autocat on 4/21/2010.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Metada Standards for Digital Audio

PARS Task Force on Audio Preservation Metadata, and MLA BCC Metadata Subcommittee. Metadata Standards and Guidelines Relevant to Digital Audio. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (Feb. 2010), at:
Developed by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Task Force on Audio Preservation Metadata in cooperation with the Music Library Association Bibliographic Control Committee Metadata Subcommittee, this chart provides a quick overview of metadata standards and guidelines for digital audio projects, including links to standards documentation and examples. The chart is arranged by metadata type, including descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata standards.

RDA Changes from AACR2 for Texts

Barbara Tillett's Webcast of Jan. 12, 2010 is available online. It's entitled: RDA Changes from AACR2 for Texts. Both the Webcast (75 minutes) and the equivalent PowerPoint presentation (51 slides) are available at:
To access the PowerPoint slides, click on the link at the bottom of the Webpage. Some of the details relate to LC practice for the upcoming RDA test.

Thanks very much to George Prager for this information.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Library Journal summarizes OCLC's new draft policy on record use

Josh Hadro of Library Journal summarizes OCLC's new draft policy on record use, "WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative." Interested parties may comment on the draft policy, issued April 7, 2010, until May 20. Hadro's article is available at

From: Library, April 7, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Directions in Metadata with Karen Coyle

Did you miss the Directions in Metadata webinar, or want to listen to it again? If so, you can review the video archive and slides of the presentation here.

After that, the discussion about metadata continues on Twitter using the #LibData hashtag.