Thursday, January 23, 2014

Potential name change for Government Printing Office

Legislation has been introduced to rename the Government Printing Office the Government Publishing Office.  The position of public printer would be re-titled Director of the Government Publishing Office.  According to Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks, "The name Government Publishing Office better reflects the services that GPO currently provides and will provide in the future."

GPO's full announcement on the FDLP page is available at:  Full text of the legislation is available via FDsys.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Is it inevitable your ILS will be Cloud-based?

            In a recent Twitter post, Lisa Rabey asked a question.

          A few people responded to her question, notably Marshall Breeding and  Keri Cascio, Director of Innovative Technologies and Library Resource Management at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology in Kansas City, Missouri. Cascio pointed out that Ex Libris' Primo and Alma, OCLC WorldShare Management System, VTLS Virtua were all cloud based systems, either through as SaaS (Software as a Service)or as a distributed cloud server environment. SirsiDynix has trumpeted their BlueCloud Suite. Libserra also has a product.

Two years ago, Edward M. Corrado & Heather Lea Moulaison wrote an article in the Digital Shift that tackled many of the questions surrounding putting a library in the cloud. At a recent conference in Charleston, Brad Spry, Shoko Tokoro and Michael Winecoff presented on UNC-Charlotte's Atkins Library's recent move to the OCLC Worldshare System. Softlink has a cloud based product tailored specifically for law firm libraries



Thursday, January 9, 2014

BIBFRAME webinars available for viewing

Recordings and slides from two recently presented webinars about BIBFRAME have been made freely available by the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The webinars were presented November 6, 2013 and January 8, 2014 by Kevin Ford of LC's Network Development and MARC Standards Office. The Bibliographic Framework Initiative, commonly referred to as BIBFRAME, is a project to "determine a transition path for the MARC 21 exchange format to more Web-based, Linked Data standards."  In the first webinar, Ford provides a basic background to the BIBFRAME initiative, with an emphasis on objectives, requirements, and expectations for the project. The second webinar begins with a review of some of these concepts, then progresses to a live demonstration of a BIBFRAME editing tool. The webinars do not assume prior knowledge of BIBFRAME or RDF (Resource Description Framework), so they are a good starting point for those looking for an easily absorbed introduction to BIBFRAME. The webinar recordings and presentation slides are available at:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NDSA: 3 Years in Review

Last month the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) celebrated the third anniversary of its organizing workshop.  In that time 5 working groups have tackled several pressing issues related to digital stewardship.  Butch Lazorchak from the Library of Congress has put together a review of NDSA’s accomplishments as well as an overview of where it is headed in 2014.

Some of the highlights include identifying NDSA Innovation award winners across several categories (so we all have digital stewardship role models), web archiving and storage surveys, and Digital Preservation in a Box.  NDSA has also produced a series of webinars and posts regularly to The Signal blog, providing two valuable resources for now and the future.

In 2014 we should keep our eyes open for the release of several more NDSA reports as well as expanded outreach activities.