Tuesday, February 14, 2006

AJAX Tools

Yahoo has made available a group of tools for AJAX work, the Yahoo! User Interface Library.
The Yahoo! User Interface Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, HTML and AJAX. The UI Library Utilities facilitate the implementation of rich client-side features by enhancing and normalizing the developer's interface to important elements of the browser infrastructure (such as events, in-page HTTP requests and the DOM). The Yahoo UI Library Controls produce visual, interactive user interface elements on the page with just a few lines of code and an included CSS file. All the components in the Yahoo! User Interface Library have been released as open source under a BSD license and are free for all uses.

4things Meme

OK. I thought this was like a chain-letter, and so tried to ignore it. But at least a few folks have put said they would like this personal info about me so here goes. I'll not tag anoyone else.

Four jobs I've had in my life
Mail room at a newspaper, shoe salesperson, market researcher at a mall, librarian

Four movies I could watch over and over
None, but I have seen these more than once: Groundhog Day, 2001, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bronenosets Potyomk

Four places I've lived
Worcester, Dedham, (both in Mass.), Houston, League City (both in Texas)

Four TV shows I love to watch
Doctor Who, Buffy, Alias, Veronica Mars

Four websites I visit daily
Google, LPI, LC Authorities database, ?

4 Places I have been on vacation
Germany, Austria, Mexico, Canada

Four of my favorite foods
Lobster, Clams, Oysters, Greek

Four places I'd rather be
Maine, Tulum, Vienna, Ulm

Four albums I can't live without
Beatles Live at the BBC, Donovan Gift froma Flower to a Garden, Clapton Crossroads, U2 Best of U2 1990-2000 with B-sides

Four Vehicles I've Owned
'72 VW Bug, 88 VW Fox, 2000 Ford Focus, 2003 Toyota Matrix (that's all of them)

After posting I noticed there is no 4 books catagory! Here are five books I love: The Lord of the Rings, Islandia, Always Coming Home, Until We Have Faces, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Frankfurt Principles

The updated Spanish and the German translations of the "Frankfurt Principles" (based on the Sept. 2005 draft) have been posted.

Dates in Authority Records

News from LC
In June of 2005, the Library of Congress Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) invited comment on this list (and others) regarding a proposal to allow the addition of death dates to headings in the LC/NACO Authority File. CPSO received 139 responses-- it was rewarding to see the tremendous response and interesting discussion that this proposal stimulated, and we would like to thank all those who responded.

The original proposal was slightly modified based on comments received to limit the addition of death dates to those headings with "open" birth dates (the kinds of headings perceived by catalog users as wrong, misleading, or outdated).

LCRI 22.17 was just revised and republished (Feb. 2006) to reflect this change in policy. LC's plan for implementing this revised policy, as well as details regarding a special project to add death dates to 300 headings for prominent persons, is available (this page also contains links to the original proposal and a discussion of the responses receieved).

Questions, comments, etc., can be sent to cpso@loc.gov

Monday, February 13, 2006

Typographical Errors in Library Databases

The Typographical Errors in Library Databases page has been updated. Thank you Terry Ballard, Tina Gunther and all who have contributed to this resource. This list can also be used to find misspellings in other resources. Infotrack, for instance, shows many of these same typos.