Friday, April 22, 2005

MARC in Spanish

New to me. MARC documentation is available in Spanish. The MARC 21 Concise Format for Authority Data has recently added to the materials available.

Enhanced OPACs

Does your OPAC provide services or tools beyond the norm? If so Steven Cohen, at Library Stuff, want to hear about it. Once he has had a few replies it might be a good place to get ideas for improving your own OPAC.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

LPI Library Catalog

The new Web version of the Lunar and Planetary Institute library catalog has been updated. Please drop me a note with any comments.

XML and the OPAC

The Shifted Librarian has a post worth a look on problems and possibilities for the OPAC and XML.

The commentary continues.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cartographic Materials

Now available, Cartographic Materials, 2004 Update. This update reflects current AACR2 terminology and additional forms of cartographic materials.

What’s new in the 2004 Update?
  • New and updated rules in full concordance with AACR2 2003 and 2004 updates
  • Rule revisions for appendix A and K
  • "Type and extent of resource" in area 3 for electronic materials eliminated
  • Includes area 5 rules for remote access electronic materials
  • Revised format for all appendixes
  • A complete and fully revised index
  • New pages to reflect the merger of the National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada
  • A checklist of new updates
Available in loose-leaf format, with 8.5" X 11" pages to allow for integration with the original text, the 2004 Update is the essential companion to Cartographic Materials.

Paraphrased from ALA sales copy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Metadata Software

Describethis is a metadata extraction and generation tool. It can convert most kinds of metadata found in documents (GeoTags, bibTex, EXIF, RDF, Creative Commons, etc) to valid Dublin Core elements and also generate keywords from the parsed content. It outputs either XML, RDF, or XHTML Dublin Core. It gives the user the ability to edit the automatic result.

Monday, April 18, 2005


Now available on-line: Martha M. Yee, New perspectives on the shared cataloging environment and a MARC 21 shopping list (2004). Library Resources & Technical Services. 48 (3), pp. 165-178.
This paper surveys the cataloging literature to collect problems that have been identified with the MARC 21 format. The problems are sorted into (1) problems that are not the fault of MARC 21; (2) problem that perhaps are not problem at all; (3) problems that are connected with the current shared cataloging environment; and 4) other problems with MARC 21 and vendor implementation Of it. The author makes recommendations to deal with the true MARC 21 problems that remain after this analysis.

OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services

Now approved, the ANSI/NISO Z39.88 - 2004 The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services.
Abstract: The proposed OpenURL standard is syntax to create web-transportable packages of metadata and/or identifiers about an information object. Such packages are at the core of context-sensitive or open link technology, which has recently become available in scholarly information systems. By standardizing the syntax, we will enable many other innovative user-specific services in this and other information fields.