Thursday, October 04, 2007

Metadata Survey

IFLA wants your help.
We are collecting your suggestions to be used in preparing a chapter on metadata decisions for the Digital Library Guidelines, a task of the IFLA- World Digital Library Working Group on Digital Library Guidelines. The Guidelines will be developed for use by libraries and other cultural institutions around the world. The purpose of this survey is to investigate different issues, levels, and concerns regarding metadata and controlled vocabularies that need to be addressed in the Guidelines.

Please take 3-5 minutes to answer these questions on the survey.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Subject Analysis Committee

The ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee Annual 2007 meetings minutes are now available.


The current issue of CONSERline, no. 29, fall 2007 is available.

The table of contents:
  • From the Editor
  • CONSER Standard Record News
  • DLF Registry of Digital Masters
  • Integrating Resources Cataloging
  • PCC Ad Hoc Series Review Task Force
  • CONSER Documentation
  • Membership News
  • CONSER People

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Ed Summers has kindly made available marcdb.
marcdb is a little utility for reading in marc data into a relational database. The magic of sqlalchemy and elixir mean that you can use any supported rdbms: postgres, sqlite, mysql,'ll just need to make sure you've got the relevant database driver installed.
Still available is MARC RTP for converting selected fields into a format databases accept. With these two tools and Terry Reese's MarcEdit converting MARC to other formats should be a snap.

Monday, October 01, 2007

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

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 November 28, 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. Language
Coding Sources

The following codes are for use in subfield $2 in field 041 in Bibliographic and Community Information records (Language Code).

Tags for Identifying Languages [use only after November 28, 2007]
Codes for the representation of names of languages--Part 3 [use only after November 28, 2007]