Friday, May 18, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
This is a working paper published in the VTechWorks digital repository. Brian Mathews is the Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech. Mathews intended to inspire transformative thinking using insight into startup culture and innovation methodologies. He stated that "We don’t just need change, we need breakthrough, paradigm-shifting, transformative, disruptive ideas." He listed his points in the summary section at the end of the article, including: "Launching a good idea is always better than not launching an awesome one," "The library is a platform, not a place, website, or person," "Libraries need less assessment and more R&D," "Good ideas are usable, feasible, and valuable," and "Build a strategic culture, not a strategic plan".
This introductory article explains web-scaled discovery concepts and terminology, and provides a short checklist for examining the products. The products discussed include: EBSCO Discovery Service (EBSCO), Primo Central Index (Ex Libris), Summon (Serials Solutions), and WorldCat Local (OCLC).
Vaughan, Jason. "Investigations into Library Web-Scale Discovery Services." Information Technology and Libraries 31(1)(March 2012). At: http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/article/view/1916
This article describes in depth how the University of Nevada Las Vegas Library investigated the discovery service tools. The Discovery Task Force conducted several internal staff surveys, prepared comprehensive question lists for vendors, organized onsite vendor visits, tracked product enhancements, and made final recommendation. Many of the documents used in the process are available in the Appendix section.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
NLM has decided to follow the British Library’s lead and try to avoid creating any further undifferentiated NARs for NACO, nor to add any further identities to existing NARs. If using RDA qualifiers such as period of activity or profession will allow the name to be differentiated, then these elements will be added to the heading and headings will be coded RDA. Catalogers who are not yet trained in RDA will work with or pass the work onto NLM catalogers who participated in the RDA test.
While NLM is not as optimistic as the BL that undifferentiated records can be avoided completely, NLM believes that minimizing the number of undifferentiated headings in the national authority file will be a benefit to the cataloging community.
Head of Cataloging
National Library of Medicine
Monday, May 7, 2012
Full conference proceedings are available to NASIG members via the NASIG website, or in a special issue of the Serials Librarian.