Friday, December 04, 2009

GPO Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project

The United States Government Printing Office has contracted with MARCIVE, Inc. for a Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project in which a selection of Federal depository libraries will be chosen to participate. For this pilot, GPO bibliographic records will be distributed from GPO's Integrated Library System (ILS) to participating libraries.

This pilot will serve as a test of the record distribution process. This test will help determine if the catalog records meet the needs of FDLP libraries and are compatible with libraries' workflows.

GPO will evaluate the success of the delivery mechanism pilot and report back to the FDLP community on outcomes and next steps. GPO will take lessons learned from this pilot to look at a long-term solution for bibliographic record distribution.

To learn more about the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project, read the frequently asked questions.

View detailed information on how to complete the Pilot Profile.

Complete the Pilot ProfileApply to become a participating library in the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project. All applications for participation must be submitted no later than January 11, 2010. Selected libraries will be notified in February, 2010.

At 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, Laurie Hall, GPO's Director of Library Technical Information Services, and Joan Chapa from MARCIVE, Inc. will discuss the new pilot project and answer your questions with their "Chat with GPO" OPAL session on the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project. The session will be held in the GPO OPAL room, which you can get to from the FDLP Desktop. Just click on Outreach, then on Online Learning, and then on "Click here to enter the GPO OPAL room." It is recommended that participants of this chat view the Cataloging Record Distribution Pilot Project Web page on the FDLP Desktop prior to this session.

The program will be archived on the GPO OPAL site, so you will have convenient access at all times.

In order to participate in the live session, please follow the instructions below. No prior RSVP is required for participation.

  • Bring up the GPO OPAL room.
  • If this is your first use of OPAL, install the plugin by following the directions in the box labeled "First time participants." Once you have installed the plugin, you can then go back to the above URL (the same window you had open) and click in the box to enter the room.
  • You may use any name that you choose to log in to the conference room.
  • No password is required for this session.

To participate in the event, you will need to be connected to the Internet, access an Internet browser, and have speakers turned on to listen to the audio presentations. A microphone connected to (or embedded in) your PC allows you to speak to the other participants. If you don't have a microphone, you will be able to text comments and questions.

If you have questions or comments, please use the askGPO help service. When submitting a question, please choose the category "Federal Depository Libraries" and the appropriate subcategory, if any, in order to ensure that your question is routed to the correct area.

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Snow in Houston

Its snowing here in Houston. Large slow flakes. Not yet sticking to the ground, but it is pretty out my window.

Resource Description and Access Publication

This announcement about RDA has been widely posted and distributed, but just in case....
RDA: Resource Description and Access will be published in June 2010. While we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from publication of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web based toolkit is a complex process with many interdependencies.,p />The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting earlier this year. The revised text has been successfully loaded into the RDA database. The product is currently undergoing thorough quality review and testing in preparation for release.

We recognize that customers and prospective users of RDA need reliable and timely information for planning and budgeting. We are confident that this revised deadline is a realistic target for publication of RDA.

Pricing and purchasing information will be introduced at the time of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 15-18 January 2010.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

ISBD Area 0

The new Area 0 of the International Standard Bibliographic Description has been published on the Web.
Area 0: Content Form and Media Type Area is an amendment to the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). This new area of the bibliographic description takes the place of the general material designation (GMD) in area 1. It is being issued with a set of examples. Area 0 will be incorporated into the consolidated ISBD for its next revision in 2010.