Thursday, October 28, 2010

The ethics of innovation: navigating privacy, policy and service issues

Join OCLC and Library Journal online for their second “Virtual Symposium” to discuss the ways in which ethical considerations affect innovation, privacy issues and how libraries deliver services. This free online symposium will be held on November 17, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (EST). Following the symposium, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM the conversation will continue on twitter. For more details and to register, visit:

OCLC Record Use Policy Council's work has now concluded

In a letter dated October 18, 2010, OCLC announced that the work of the Record Use Policy Council has now concluded. The Council spent many months grappling with complex issues and listening to community input from librarians, technologists, and other interested parties regarding OCLC record use. With its final report, the Council conveyed several observations and recommendations, which can be read here:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Upcoming Webinar: RDA Toolkit—What's new since August

A series of free webinars will be presented in November to demonstrate some of the new functionality and content added to the RDA Toolkit since the end of the open-access period (August 31). The webinar will include:
• LCPS (Library of Congress Policy Statements)—now included in the RDA toolkit. See a demo, including links to and from RDA.
• Accessing and using globally and locally shared workflows
• Creating and sharing your own workflows
• Links from AACR2 to RDA
• Using RDA Toolkit support, including new how-to videos
• Discussion of future enhancements
• Q&A

The webinar will be offered at four different times to accommodate the global audience:

• Wednesday, November 10, 11:30am-12:30pm CST (GMT -6)
• Wednesday, November 10, 8:00-9:00pm CDT (GMT -6)
• Thursday, November 11, 9:00-10:00am CDT (GMT -6)
• Thursday, November 11, 3:00-4:00pm CDT (GMT -6)

Go to to register for one of the sessions. Recordings of the webinars will be made available after they have taken place at:

Posted to the RDA Toolkit list on October 20, 2010; updated October 21.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Developing a Library Metadata Policy (free ALCTS e-forum)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is hosting an e-forum for Developing a Library Metadata Policy. As libraries move toward using non-MARC metadata schema to describe their collections in addition to MARC format cataloging, many discover the need to develop a local metadata policy. This e-forum is intended to be a two-day session to discuss various considerations when developing a Library Metadata Policy.

 The e-forum will take place Oct. 13 – 14, 2010 (from 9 a.m. – 5 a.m. EST) and will be moderated by Melanie Wacker and Susan Massey. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free!

 ALCTS e-forums provide opportunities 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 e-mail discussion list: register your e-mail address with the list and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an e-mail discussion. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. For more information or to register:


Preserving Social Media

This month’s NISO Newsline has an intriguing thought piece on preserving social media. The managing director of NISO, Todd Carpenter, speaks of preserving  “’live web’ content by saving some of the increasingly vibrant conversations taking place in social forums, blogs and other non-traditional content distribution forms.” He sees that standards and best practices need to be developed and tested, and he suggests that such conversations should start now. It will be interesting to watch NISO’s role in developing such standards.