Friday, February 20, 2009

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

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

The code should not be used in exchange records until after April 19, 2009. 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 fields 600-651, 655-657 (Subject Added Entries/Index Terms) in Bibliographic and Community Information records; field 662 (Subject Added Entry) in Bibliographic records; subfield $2 in fields 700-754 (Index Terms) in Classification records; subfield $2 in fields 700-788 (Heading Linking Entries) in Authority records; and subfield $f in field 040 (Cataloging Source) in Authority records.

Addition:

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Encabezamientos de Materia de la Biblioteca Nacional de Espaa [use after April 19, 2009]

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Additions to the MARC Code List for Relators

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. The codes will be added to MARC Code List for Relators. They were submitted by the Arizona State University Libraries, prompted by current work with resource descriptions in the areas of stage performance, archeology, and data and grant administration.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until after April 18, 2009. 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.

anl
Analyst
Use for a person or organization that reviews, examines and interprets data or information in a specific area.
ard
Artistic director
Use for a person responsible for controlling the development of the artistic style of an entire production, including the choice of works to be presented and selection of senior production staff.
dtc
Data contributor
Use for a person or organization that submits data for inclusion in a database or other collection of data.
dtm
Data manager
Use for a person or organization responsible for managing databases or other data sources.
elg
Electrician
Use for a person responsible for setting up a lighting rig and focusing the lights for a production, and running the lighting at a performance.
UF
  • Chief electrician
  • House electrician
  • Master electrician
fld
Field director
Use for a person or organization that manages or supervises the work done to collect raw data or do research in an actual setting or environment (typically applies to the natural and social sciences).
gis
eographic information specialist
Use for a person responsible for geographic information system
(GIS) development and integration with global positioning system data.
UF
  • Geospatial information specialist
lbr
Laboratory
Use for an institution that provides scientific analyses of material samples.
ldr
Laboratory director
Use for a person or organization that manages or supervises work done in a controlled setting or environment.
UF
  • Lab director
led
Lead
Use to indicate that a person or organization takes primary responsibility for a particular activity or endeavor. Use with another relator term or code to show the greater importance this person or organization has regarding that particular role. If more than one relator is assigned to a heading, use the Lead relator only if it applies to all the relators.
msd
Musical director
Use for a person responsible for basic music decisions about a production, including coordinating the work of the composer, the sound editor, and sound mixers, selecting musicians, and organizing and/or conducting sound for rehearsals and performances.
pma
Permitting agency
Use for an authority (usually a government agency) that issues permits under which work is accomplished.
pmn
Production manager
Use for a person responsible for all technical and business matters in a production.
pdr
Project director
Use for a person or organization with primary responsibility for all essential aspects of a project, or that manages a very large project that demands senior level responsibility, or that has overall responsibility for managing projects, or provides overall direction to a project manager.
rps
Repository
Use for an agency that hosts data or material culture objects and provides services to promote long term, consistent and shared use of those data or objects.
sds
Sound designer
Use for a person who produces and reproduces the sound score (both live and recorded), the installation of microphones, the setting of sound levels, and the coordination of sources of sound for a production
sh
Supporting host
Use for a person or organization that supports (by allocating facilities, staff, or other resources) a project, program, meeting, event, data objects, material culture objects, or other entities capable of support
UF
  • Host, Supporting
stm
Stage manager
Use for a person who is in charge of everything that occurs on a performance stage, and who acts as chief of all crews and assistant to a director during rehearsals.
tcd
Technical director
Use for a person who is ultimately in charge of scenery, props, lights and sound for a production

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Displaying Searching Results

Starting from Zero: Winning Strategies for No Search Results Pages by Greg Nudelman gives advice for those creating commercial search engines. However, there are plenty of ideas we can also use.

Expert Community Experiment

News from OCLC.
Software changes needed for the Expert Community Experiment, which enables cataloging members to make more changes to WorldCat master records, were successfully installed on February 15th. During the experiment, members with full level cataloging authorizations have the ability to improve and upgrade more WorldCat master records than previously possible. The experiment is expected to last six months.

Introductory web information sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 8:00 – 9:00 AM Eastern Time; Thursday, February 19, 2009, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time; Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time; Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 8:30 – 9:30 AM Eastern Time.

For more information, including Guidelines for use during the experiment and an FAQ, and to register to attend a web session, go to the Expert Community Experiment page.

Cataloging Sessions @ TLA

Cataloging sessions at the Texas Library Library Association Annual Conferecne look excellent.

PRECONFERENCE – Tuesday – March 31
The Nuts & Bolts of RDA
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Explore a new approach to cataloging rules. Barbara Tillett of the Library of Congress and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA discusses RDA implementation to prepare you for the future. Preregistration required.
Barbara Tillett, Library of Congress

Thursday – April 2
Cataloging 101 for School and Public Librarians
10:00 - 11:50 AM
What are the most important components of a good MARC record? This session will review basic concepts and present essential and inexpensive cataloging tools.
Joanna Fountain

Looking beyond Shelf Location: The Benefits of the Dewey Decimal Classification System in Libraries
2:00 - 3:50 PM
Take a look beyond Dewey as a shelf location device and expose the power of the underlying DDC data file, the interoperable translations, the associated terminologies, and the exciting research efforts that contribute to the ongoing benefits and relevance of the DDC in libraries. A business meeting follows the program.
Joan S. Mitchell and Renee Patzer

Friday – April 3
MarcEdit as a Cataloging Tool
10:00 - 11:50 AM
The creator of this popular open source MARC record editing tool presents how to fully utilize the program’s capabilities for database maintenance. Learn to streamline your cataloging processes by making global edits to large numbers of MARC records.
Terry Reese

Hope to see you there.

Electronic Resources and Libraries

Slides and audio for most presentations at ER&L 2009 will be available.

UCLA is a beautiful campus. A wide variety of trees, hills, and open spaces. Some of the rooms were a bit small for the meetings. Once I had miss a talk I wanted to hear because there was standing room only. However, since all the talks were good, my fallback option was excellent. There were not enough wall outlets for those blogging and Twittering. Laptop carriers should just bring a power strip and share. Maybe the conference could provide a couple of strips for each room. Fewer people were Twittering than I expected. About six out of a group of over three hundred. 2% or so I'd guess. Thanks to all involved in the Conference, it was a great experience.