Indexes are important information-finding tools that can enhance website usability. They offer easy scanning for finding known items, they provide entry points to content using the users’ own vocabulary and they provide access to concepts discussed, but not named, in the text. Perhaps most importantly, site indexes provide direct access to granular chunks of information without the need for traversing multiple links in a hierarchy.Thanks to Noteworthy for this item.
Friday, August 02, 2002
Thursday, August 01, 2002
The last 18 months have been chock-full of sweat and joy as we've worked indefatigably to create a resource we hoped would inspire and resonate with progressive librarians of all ages and at all libraries. Pilgrims that we are, we poured our hearts into this emprise, growing and learning throughout the entire process. But now, even though there's plenty of love left, there's simply not enough time to keep NewBreed Librarian afloat. So, borrowing from Tom, goodnight to the street sweepers, the night watchman flame keepers, and goodnight to NewBreed, too.
But we're not leaving you empty-handed - we've got one more issue of NewBreed Librarian to share with you:
- FEATURE: Corey Harper argues that cataloging is a public service
- INTERVIEW: Eric Miller on the Semantic Web
- PEOPLE: Fiona Bradley, Aussie music librarian
- TECHTALK: What's new and cool in library technology
- ASK SUSU: How do you propose a new subject heading?
Wednesday, July 31, 2002
This standard identifies categories for basic library statistical data at the national level, and provides associated definitions of terms. In doing so it deals with the following areas: reporting unit and target population, human resources, collection resources, infrastructure, finances, and services. The standard is not intended to be comprehensive in scope. Instead, it presents a framework for comparable library data by describing common elements pertaining to libraries of various types in the US. It does not address detailed statistics for specific areas where it seems more appropriate for experts in those areas to make recommendations (e.g., music, government documents, maps). The standard also integrates metrics for electronic network use (e-metrics) into each section as appropriate.
Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002
A small group has been working together to formulate a proposed XML schema for qualified Dublin Core. This work builds on a number of efforts including the joint work by the OAI and DCMI that led to the release of an XML schema for unqualified Dublin Core and the metadata work within the Harmony Project.
The proposal is available.
Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002.
Koha 1.2.2 has been released. Special thanks (again) to Steve Tonnesen, who drove this release to completion. 1.2.2 is a significant bug squashing release.
Many people have combined in testing this release, and we expect it to be the best Koha yet!
We encourage you to get this new release and give it a spin. We think you'll like what you see. We plan on continuing to improve Koha, and would love to have you come along on this exciting journey.
As always, downloads and more information are available from Sourceforge.
The Sunlink Weed of the Month Club is an excellent resource to help keep the collection current.
From SPARC e-news June-July 2002.
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
The Advanced Search Facility provides tools for gathering and organizing information within and among information communities. If you want to:
- Collect information and publish on the Internet
-- ASF provides a search facility for the collection
- Point to information elsewhere on the Internet
-- ASF provides a "gatherer" to index other Web information resources and files
- Point to information not on the Internet or more complex than text documents
-- ASF provides for building locator records for all manner of information resources
- Bridge among multiple information communities
-- ASF provides for referral of searches within and between information communities
Hello BookWhere users,
Over the past few years the Bookwhere list has been used almost exclusively by Sea Change to communicate about new releases of the software. As a vendor run and moderated list it tends to be both quiet and uncritical of the product.
Many software packages have lists that are independent of the software vendor. These lists tend to be a lot more dynamic that the vendor run lists and really present a way for the user community to communicate directly with each other.
I've just established an independent, un-moderated "Unofficial BookWhere list" to provide you with an opportunity to communicate directly with other BookWhere users. The list can be used to discuss just about anything related to the product.
In case you're wondering who I am, my name is Paul Nixon and until recently I was in charge of the BookWhere product at Sea Change. I now run Neptune8.com which is an Authorized Reseller of BookWhere and other products. I'll be a regular contributor to the list and hope to offer tips and insights into the product.
Information on how to join this new list
By the way, there is information on this BookWhere list
I look forward to seeing you on the new list!
Monday, July 29, 2002
This paper discusses the role of XML in library information systems at three major levels: as a representation language that enables the transport of bibliographic data in a way that is technologically independent and universally understood across systems and domains; as a language that enables the specification of complex validation rules according to a particular data format such as MARC; and, finally, as a language that enables the description of services through which such data can be exploited in alternative modes that overcome the limitations of the classical client-server database services. The key point of this paper is that by specifying requirements for XML usage at these three levels, in an articulated but distinct way, a much needed clarification of this area can be achieved. The authors conclude by stressing the importance of advancing the use of XML in the real practice of bibliographic services, in order to improve the interoperable capabilities of existing bibliographic data assets and to advance the WWW integration of bibliographic systems on a sound basis.Thanks to pate at /usr/lib/info to directing me to this.
In this paper, we will discuss ontologies and requirements in their current instantiations on the web today. We will describe some desirable properties of ontologies. We will also discuss how both simple and complex ontologies are being and may be used to support varied applications. We will conclude with a discussion of emerging trends in ontologies and their environments and briefly mention our evolving ontology evolution environment.
- Taming the Aggregators: Providing Access to Journals in Aggregator Databases by John Riemer and Jina Choi Wakimoto
- Journal Holdings Lists on Web Sites: Designs That Non-Specialized Staff Can Build and Maintain by Susan E. Pulsipher
- Cataloging Web Resources on the OCLC-CORC: Issues Identified in an Empirical Study by Tschera Harkness Connell
- Using the ONIX Standard to Manage Serials by Brian Green
- Providing Web-Based Listings of Electronic Journal Titles the Low-Maintenance Way; or, Automating Ourselves Out of a Job by Rob Withers and Rob Casson
A good introduction to the topic is "Digital Reference" at the Teaching Librarian. It gives an overview, describes the technologies, links to other sites and links to libraries using Chat for reference.