Thursday, September 30, 2010

RDA for Administrators: Managing the Transition in Your Library

RDA for Administrators: Managing the Transition in Your Library
Released in June 2010, Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the intended successor to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). At this initial stage, much remains unknown about the impact that RDA will have on library staff, metadata, systems, and services. One thing is clear: adopting RDA will not happen immediately, and will not be uniform across all institutions. Over the coming months and years, libraries will have different timeframes and levels of support for the shift to RDA. Administrators will require accurate information, particularly from early adopters, on what is required to implement the new cataloging code. During this beginning period, while the U.S. cataloging community awaits a formal decision on adoption resulting from the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test process, how do library administrators and cataloging managers begin to think about preparing their staff and their systems for the transition from AACR2 to RDA?

This ALCTS Webinar will attempt to address, from the perspective of the manager, some of the major issues related to adopting the new cataloging code, including:

--allocating staff and financial resources to understanding, planning for, and adopting RDA;
--managing and organizing training for staff;
--implications of RDA on policies and procedures for original and copy cataloging;
--preparing the ILS for RDA metadata;
--managing the integration of RDA and AACR2 records and their displays in the catalog;
--managing the impact on vended authority control and cataloging;
--assessing the overall costs and benefits of RDA, and its impact on users and public services; ----assessing the consequences and potential of RDA for the development and design of future information systems and data structures;
--developing mechanisms for sharing implementation experiences across the profession.

Who Should Attend:
This webinar will be of interest to managers and administrators, who will begin dealing with major issues related to adopting RDA.

Christopher Cronin has been Director of Metadata and Cataloging Services at the University of Chicago Library since 2008. Prior to going to Chicago, he was Assistant Professor and Head of Digital Resources Cataloging at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Cronin has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, and an MIS from the University of Toronto. He is member the ALA Committee on Organization, and is active in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), currently serving on the Subject Analysis Committee and as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the ALCTS Heads of Cataloging Interest Group. Mr. Cronin is the coordinator for the University of Chicago’s participation in the U.S. National Libraries RDA Testing.

Date(s) & Time(s):
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Webinar sessions are intended to last an hour and will begin at 11am PT 12pm MT 1pm CT 2pm ET

ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $39 & $49; Group rates: $99. All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience

How to Register:
To register, complete the online registration form or or register by mail for the session you would like to attend

From: ALCTS, 9/30/2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Updated version of Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide now available

An updated version of the Provider-Neutral E-Monograph MARC Record Guide is now posted on the PCC site at Some changes were made to correspond with the BIBCO Standard Record (BSR) and other revisions reflect changes to the MARC format. Here are the main changes:

* 008/23: use code "o" for "online"

* 246: language changed to "Retain from source record or record provider-specific title variants if deemed important." Also, explanatory notes are now optional, e.g.,
246 1_ $i Available from some providers with title: $a [title]
246 1_ $a [title]

* Use 500 for Source of Title note and 588 for Description Based On note

* 538: changed to "... make a Mode of access note only if the resource is accessed by means other than the World Wide Web"

* New FAQ #15: Should the provider-neutral record be used for resources that must be downloaded and accessed via e-readers or other electronic devices?
Since the provider-neutral record focuses on the content of a resource rather than on its specific digital format, it should be used to describe any e-monograph that is either accessed directly online or is available online for downloading. URLs linking to free downloads of the resource from non-commercial sites (e.g., or may be included in the master record, but do not provide URLs for downloads via commercial sites (e.g., or Vendor-specific information about access restrictions, transmitting technologies, reading devices, etc. should be kept out of the OCLC master record but may be recorded locally in holdings or bibliographic records.

Thanks to Yael Mandelstam for this information.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Universities and Libraries Move to the Mobile Web

Aldrich, Alan W. "Universities and Libraries Move to the Mobile Web" EDUCAUSE Quarterly 33(2)(May/June 2010), at:

The author examined 111 English-speaking ARL member universities and their library for mobile web presence. His analysis across multiple mobile websites provides universities and their libraries with an initial benchmark for comparisons with other institutions.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

True Serials ERM Finds a New Home

With Nylink winding down it's operations, many librarians were wondering about the fate of the True Serials ERM. True Serials team Lauren Pinsley and Luke Williams have dedicated more than a year to building this flexible and robust Electronic Resources Management system. They will continue to provide their trademark high level of in-depth service and support as the new co-proprietors of independent startup The team met with the New York Ethics Commission and Nylink leadership before taking this step. Thanks to their efforts, True Serials is now running on its own servers, rather than Nylink’s, and will soon have a dedicated website at The move to new servers, hosted at Adirondack Area Network, has been a smooth one. An official announcement of the launch of is expected soon.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CORE: Cost of Resource Exchange Protocol - NISO's latest Recommended Practice

NISO recently announced the publication of its latest Recommended Practice, CORE: Cost of Resource Exchange Protocol (NISO RP-10-2010). This Recommended Practice defines an XML schema to facilitate the exchange of financial information related to the acquisition of library resources between systems. The two systems may be within the same organization, e.g., an ILS and an ERMS, or from two different organizations, e.g., a subscription agent and a library. CORE was originally intended for publication as a NISO standard. However, following a draft period of trial use that ended March 2010, the CORE Working Group and NISO's Business Information Topic Committee voted to approve the document as a Recommended Practice.  

You can read and review the CORE Recommended Practice document at:

A standing committee has been created to monitor the uptake of the Recommended Practice, provide support and outreach on the protocol, and conduct an annual review of the document with the aim of making future recommendation for re-release as a standard publication. Anyone interested in implementing the CORE Recommended Practice, joining the standing committee, or in receiving additional information should contact NISO at


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preparing Your Library for RDA

Preparing Your Library for RDA

September 14-15, 2010
Hosted by Mary Beth Weber and Christopher Cronin

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message. Each day, sessions begin and end at:
Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Released in June 2010, Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the intended successor to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). While RDA is not being immediately adopted in the United States, it is being tested by the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Agriculture Library as part of the U.S. National Libraries RDA Test Plan. During this time, what are libraries doing to prepare for the adoption of RDA? What impact will implementation have on staff training and systems? How will libraries manage the integration of RDA records with AACR2 records in their catalogs? How will libraries assess the value of the new cataloging code in terms of its ability to meet user needs and contribute to future systems development? This ALCTS E-Forum will provide an opportunity for the community at large to discuss a wide range of issues related to RDA and it overall implications for library operations

Mary Beth Weber has been head of Central Technical Services at Rutgers University Libraries since 2008. Christopher Cronin has been Director of Metadata and Cataloging Services at the University of Chicago Library since 2008.

What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

To register:*
Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

From: ALA Connect, 8/22/2010