Friday, August 26, 2011

OCLC's Presentation Center offers a wealth of valuable information

For those who missed the OCLC update session at AALL in Philadelphia, the PowerPoint slides from that presentation are available from OCLC at:
OCLC makes slides and/or streaming video from many of its conference presentations available at: Dozens of presentations (dating back to 2000) are available, covering a broad range of topics such as: creating cataloging efficiencies, library management services in the Cloud, CONTENTdm, WorldCat Local, transformational literacy, and digital data curation. Some presentations focus on OCLC products and services, while others, such as the November 2010 session on "The Ethics of Innovation" have less of a "sales pitch" tone to them. OCLC's Presentation Center ( features presentations by OCLC research staff, guest speakers at OCLC (mostly slides are provided), and a "Distinguished Seminar Series" (slides with some video or audio).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ebooks in Libraries

Ashcroft, Linda. "Ebooks in Libraries: an Overview of the Current Situation." Library Management 32(6/7)(2011). At:

This article provides an overview of the use of ebooks in academic and public libraries. It reviews results from various published ebook surveys conducted over the past three years, and is a good starting point for librarians who want to learn about ebook use.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First RDA Vocabularies "Published"

Yesterday, the following announcement from the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA was shared on the RDA Toolkit News page:

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), the DCMI/RDA Task Group (, and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the co-publishers of RDA) are pleased to announce that the first group of RDA controlled vocabularies have been reviewed, approved, and their status in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) changed to ‘published.’

For the full text of the announcement, including links to view the finished vocabularies and more, click here (