Thursday, March 29, 2012

PCC Day One for RDA authority records announced

PCC's “Day One for RDA Authority Records" will be March 31, 2013, the same day as the “Day One” selected by LC and the other U.S. national test libraries for RDA implementation. PCC “Day One” for RDA Authority Records has been defined as: “the point after which all new authority records entering the LC/NACO Authority File must be coded RDA, and all access points on bibliographic records coded “pcc” must be RDA." Linda Barnhart, current chair of the PCC, explains that the date was selected for several reasons:

It gives a year of lead time for NACO catalogers to be trained in NACO RDA authority work (and to develop a smooth and confident local workflow for those contributions.

It provides a reasonable target date for the work that will need to take place in and with the authority file in preparation for RDA.

It gives the vendor community time to plan.

And because it matches the date for LC implementation of RDA, there wil be less confusion for catalogers in keeping dates straight.

More information about PCC Day One for authority records may be found on the PCC's RDA page: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/RDA-PCC.html.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Library Hi Tech at 30

Seadle, Michael. "Library Hi Tech at 30." Library Hi Tech
30(1)(2012). At: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/07378831211213184

Library Hi Tech was started in 1983 by Ed Hall to introduce new technologies to libraries. In the first decade it focused on introducing microcomputers and software for libraries. From 1993 and on, the focus shifted to providing electronic access to information and assistive technologies. In recent years, major topics covered include user studies, human-computing interaction, and long-term digital archiving. Here are the concluding remarks by the author:

"The future of libraries does not lie with paper. That is increasingly clear as more publishers make information available exclusively in digital form and as more types of information, in particular interactive resources, cannot fully be rendered in static paper versions. ... If this vision is roughly true, then the key issues for the library community include not only how to preserve digital information over long periods, but how humans interact with computers and digital resources, and how the human physical environment – in our case the library buildings – can adapt. When Library Hi Tech first appeared thirty years ago, the key topics involved how to make our work as librarians more efficient. Today the question has become: how do we make it easier for those using our resources. In 1931 Ranganathan's fourth principle of librarianship was to save the time of the reader. Some things do not change."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

III and SkyRiver Receive Strategic Investments

In a press release dated March 1, 2011, Innovative Interfaces announced that they had received a strategic investment from a middle market private equity firm, Huntsman Gay Global Capital, and from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm that focuses on investing in growing software, internet and business services companies. Innovative's founder and chairman, Jerry Kline, who also owns Skyriver, announced that Skyriver had also received investment on the same terms. Kline will continue as Chairman of the Board of Innovative Interfaces.

For more information, please read the press release.