Friday, January 12, 2007

OLAC Newsletter

I got my copy of the OLAC Newsletter yesterday. Always a good read. This issue has conference reports as well as the ever enlightening Cataloger's Judgment. The reports often have the PP presentation and examples available. The on-line version is open and free to all. Looks like it was a great conference. The next one is in two years, start planning to attend now. A three year membership in OLAC is only $70.00, a best buy to be sure.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

MIT Catalog

The MIT catalog is once again available for download, not as MARC only as MODS and MODS/RDF. If you need or want a large dataset for testing or research this is a good option. The announcement gives more details.

The CONSER Standard Record and RDA

A comparison of the proposed CONSER standard record and RDA has been mounted on the JSC Web site.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Using Barcodes in Search

Brian Surratt at Texadata mentions he is having some success scanning barcodes on the back of books when doing ISBN searches on OCLC. It is not yet 100% accurate, many of these numnbers are in the 024 field. Yet it is working and will only get better with time.

I've been using barcode scans in ISBN searching on my Z39.50 client with mixed results. OCLC is creating 13 digit codes based on the 10 digit input code. They are also moving those in 024 to 020. Few if any institutions will do this work. Using scans in Z30.50 searches will be uncertain for many years to come. Maybe the profiles could do some remapping, have an ISBN search hit both the 020 and 024 fields?

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. The codes will be added to the online MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until after March 5, 2007. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where the codes are used.

Term, Name, Title Sources

The following code is for use in subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information records in fields 600-651 and 655-657 and in subfield $f in field 040 (Cataloging Source) in Authority records.

Addition:
biccbmc
BIC Children's Books Marketing Classifications (London: Book Industry Communication) [use after March 5, 2007]
Category Code Sources

The following code is for use in subfield $2 in field 072 in Authority and Bibliographic records (Subject Category Code / Code source).

Addition:
biccbmc
BIC Children's Books Marketing Classifications (London: Book Industry Communication) [use after March 5, 2007]
Classification Sources

The following code is for use in subfield $2 in field 084 in Bibliographic and Community Information records (Other Classification Number), in subfield $2 in field 084 in Classification records (Classification Scheme and Edition) and in subfield $2 in field 065 in Authority records (Other Classification Number).

Addition:
ykl
Yleisten kirjastojen luokitsujarjestelma Finnish public libraries classification system [former code: fplcs] [use after March 5, 2007]