Monday, February 28, 2011
How important is cataloging and classification research to your everyday technical services decision-making? Do you find the library literature useful in informing your policies and procedures? Are you producing statistical studies that might help others in the field? How do you disseminate your results? Do you find reviews of the literature helpful? Do you have suggestions for future directions in cataloging research? Is it time to develop formal dissemination forums for metadata research that are separate from MARC cataloging?
Every once in a while it is useful to step back and reassess the direction of our profession and its literature. These are the kinds of questions we will consider and discuss in this e-forum. Bring your ideas and share your thoughts and questions with us on future directions for cataloging research.
Who Should Attend: Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.
Hosts: Sherab Chen is currently the coordinator librarian for non-Roman cataloging activities at the Ohio State University Libraries, Susan A. Massey is currently the Head of Cataloging at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Dates & Times: Tuesday, March 9-Wednesday March 10, 2011
Each day, sessions begin and end at: Pacific: 7am – 3pm Mountain: 8am – 4pm Central: 9am – 5pm Eastern: 10am – 6pm
How to Register: Registration entails subscribing to an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list.
From: ALCTS, 2/28/2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
In case you missed last week's "RDA Ask-the-Experts" webinar, or if you want to review it, a recording of the webinar can be downloaded at:
The webinar, sponsored by ALCTS, features Linda Gabel, Erin Stalberg, Trina Grover, and Kathryn La Barre. You will need Windows Media software on your computer to view the recording.
In other RDA-related news, Troy Linker’s presentation on "AACR2 to RDA: Using the RDA Toolkit" may be viewed at: http://www.rdatoolkit.org/webinar/2011Feb. This presentation requires Adobe Flash Player. The presentation covers:
o An overview of the new vocabulary, organization, functions, and resources in the RDA Toolkit that can help AACR2 users quickly interact with RDA.
o Support built into the RDA Toolkit that helps in migrating from AACR2 to the RDA Toolkit.
o How AACR2 is integrated into the RDA Toolkit.
o RDA Mappings and Workflows, Element Set, and the "three-tab" concept.
o Enhancements including improved searching of RDA by AACR2 rule number.
o Links to more in-depth resources on the FRBR and FRAD conceptual models.
(RDA Toolkit list 2/24/2011)
And here is a graphical representation of the argument for real net neutrality. (Found via Josh Kitlas.) Go look -- it's quick.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A four-page article that provides a definition and lists the variety of born-digital materials. It also has an amusing four-minute YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/user/OCLCResearch#p/a/u/2/6o0fT79gDT4
The patron-driven acquisition model is a hot topic lately. In this short article, Lewis, Dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, imagines a more radical model where the library actually gives away all books to patrons. He argues that with digital technologies such as the e-book readers and print-on-demand machines, such a library is quite possible. It can serve the same purpose as traditional libraries do: "At the core, either type of library is the means for communities and organizations to provide a subsidy for information use.... Large book collections have been viewed as an institutional or community asset, though the long-term commitment to a book collection also creates a large liability. In the past, the possible future use justified the liability of a physical book collection. In the easily imagined future, alternative delivery mechanisms call this justification into question."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The second day featured talks on outside data which might be useful to libraries and the usefulness of library data outside the library once it is freed from MARC. I think these things are the prize we need to keep our eyes on as we suffer through the likely move to RDA -- the ability to move data which is not MARC from outside into our catalogs and from our catalogs out in to the world is what we hope to gain. Coyle closes her remarks on a hopeful note, saying:
- If not RDA, what else is there?
- Are things on hold waiting for RDA? Are people and vendors waiting to see what will happen?
- Why wasn't RDA simplified?
- How long will we pay for it?
- Will communities other than those in the JSC use it?
- Can others join JSC to make this a truly international code?
- Should we just forget about this library-specific stuff and use Dublin Core?
As is often the case I was very impressed at the quality of experimentation that is taking place by people who really want to see library data transformed and made web-able. I think we are at the start of a new and highly fruitful phase for libraries.
Read the whole post here.
"We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches," says Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland. "Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need."The library has created games for users to play, which, as they are played, will fix mistakes in the digitized archives. In Mole Hunt, users are shown two different words and must determine if they are actually the same word. In Mole Bridge, users have to spell correctly words which appear on their screen. Both these games correct mistakes brought into the digitized material through optical character recognition. Read more about it (and see images of the games) on ReadWriteWeb.
(Seen first on Librarian.net)
As creator of the Amazon-to-MARC converter I thought it would be apropos to do a project along the same lines for IMDB. The prototype is located at http://amazon.libcat.org/cgi-bin/imdb2marc.pl.I would also be interested in seeing his "amazon to MARC converter!
I am using Brian Fritz's API (http://imdbapi.com/) to populate the fields.
Here is a MARC (or should I say MARX) example of the motion picture "Horse Feathers" :
The only problem is that there is no material type or publisher, so, the 260 and the 300 are a bit suspect. As with the Amazon-to-Marc product you can also verify names.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
My introductory article about the new cataloguing rules, Resource Description and Access: From AACR to RDA, was recently published in the Canadian Law Library Review. It's available on YSpace if you're interested in reading it
Abstract: The new cataloguing guidelines Resource Description and Access
(RDA) have recently been released and are set to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. An evaluation period led by the Library of Congress is currently underway and it is likely that the implementation of RDA will begin sometime in mid-2011. This paper looks briefly at the origins of RDA, provides a high level overview of RDA and reviews some of the major differences that cataloguers and library users can expect to find between RDA and AACR2.
F. Tim Knight, Head of Technical Services
Osgoode Hall Law School Library
(416) 650-8403 Fax: (416) 736-5298
In response to a question on Autocat soliciting policies and procedures for technical services, Becky Yoose posted the following:
You might be interested in the public Technical Services websites list located at http://liswiki.org/wiki/Technical_services.
Granted, it is a long list, but many of the sites posted there have policies and procedures publicly available.
Bibliographic Systems Librarian
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Cooperative Programs Section
Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division
Library of Congress
Posted to the PCC List, Jan 27, 2011.