Friday, July 08, 2005

Cataloging Correctly for Kids

The summer/fall catalog of ALA Editions shows that the new edition, 4th, of Cataloging Correctly for Kids is due this October.

Genealogy Classification Scheme

Over on AUTOCAT there is a lively discussion of cataloging genealogy materials. Good topic for some research and a paper. One post mentioned a classification scheme for these materials I'd not encountered before, the Grigg Genealogical Classification Scheme.
The Grigg Genealogical Classification Scheme was created in 1963 by Dorothy C. Grigg, while she was Head of the Cataloging Branch of the State Library of North Carolina. The objectives for the scheme were:
  • To devise a plan which would fit into the classification scheme used for the rest of the library's collections (i.e., a modification within the framework of the Dewey Decimal classification).
  • To maintain the present arrangement of material in the genealogy section by place.
  • To arrange county material for each state in strict alphabetical order by county name instead of in approximate alphabetical order.
  • To arrange material secondarily within place by author's name alphabetically.
  • To shorten the call number as much as possible and still achieve the above objectives.
This scheme is used at the State Library of North Carolina for genealogical source materials when arrangement by place (specifically where the Dewey classification number 929.3) is most desirable. Family histories, how-to books, and certain other genealogical materials are not covered by this classification plan.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

News Metadata

The International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) invites comments on the first public draft of the News Metadata Framework Technical Specification.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

RDF and Library Metadata

Here is another interesting discussion. Kevin Clarke and Leigh Dodds have been discussing using RDF as a tool for interoperability among various library metadata. I get the feeling Clark is a librarian and Dodds is from the computer side. Good to see such a discussion taking place.

RSS & Updating the Catalog

Some interesting ideas are being discussed by Christopher Harris and K.G. Schneider. Read what both have to say, mull it over, and consider our catalogs and our users. The time will be well spent. Then return and see what comments have been left. Some important issues for our catalogs are being discussed. Our catalogs have the ability to be more dynamic, should they?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

ALA 2005 CC:DA

The Library of Congress Report covering the ALA ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL June 25, 2005 as submitted by Barbara B. Tillett is now available. 14 pages in PDF.

This Weblog

I've been thinking of making a change to this weblog. The lists of standards and MARC tools along the right side could be FURLed and then a listing in the index could just point to that tag. Any problems with that? It would clean up the sidebar a bit.

This Fall, I've a talk on MARC tools to give and will have to FURL the tools for the talk. A bit simpler if I've already created the tag.

IFLA Cataloging Newsletter

The latest issue of SCATNews Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section is now available. Among the articles are:
  • Report on the meeting of the Study Group on Future Directions of the ISBDs, 28-30 April, 2005, at Die Deutsche Bibliothek in Frankfurt by Dorothy McGarry
  • IME ICC News by Barbara Tillett
  • Germany on its way to international standards by Renate Gompel
  • Implementing OAI-PMH at Bibliotheque nationale de France by Emmanuelle Bermes