Thursday, April 26, 2012

Final draft versions of KIA-KIX classification schedules available for discussion

Final draft versions of the  KIA-KIX classification schedules (Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas) have been made available for review and discussion by the user community.  The drafts will remain available online until May 20, 2012.  The 26-page introduction and outline provides a thorough background to the organization of the schedules and highlights the integration of web resources into their development. Those planning to attend program J-5 at AALL in Boston (Tuesday, July 24, 2:30-3:15 PM, HCC Room 311) are encouraged to look over the drafts in advance. The drafts and introduction are available until May 20, 2012 at:  Thanks to George Prager and Jolande Goldberg for this information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April release brings JSC changes!

This week’s release of RDA Toolkit contained notable new content and features. The release included the first JSC update of RDA consisting of substantive changes to the cataloging instructions. These changes are the result of formal proposals from the community to the JSC. In support of the updated content, an RDA Update History section has been added to RDA Toolkit. This new section serves as an archive of the outdated versions of instructions and includes a summary of the major changes made in the update. Other enhancements include user-configurable timeout periods and revised Instruction filters. These improvements allow you to better tailor your RDA Toolkit experience to your needs.

Learn more about the April release.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

E-journal Preservation and Archiving

Due to financial and space constraints, most libraries are being forced to choose between collecting print or digital versions of many publications.  Our increased reliance on electronic resources raises serious concerns about long-term preservation of the scholarly record.  In  "E-journal Preservation and Archiving: Whether, How, Who, Which, Where, and When? Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collection in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, wonders “how important is it that we archive all of the scholarly record?”  In the past, archiving and preservation was a serendipitous byproduct of libraries building their local collections.  Perhaps we should take a step back from automatic assumption that all of the scholarly record must be preserve.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Intro to Metadata and Taxonomies

The title to Christine Benson's Brain Traffic blog post, "An Intro to Metadata and Taxonomies" is self-explanatory. The post describes the three main types of metadata and the common types of taxonomies and how the two work together. It ends with a list of resources to explore the topic in more depth.