Friday, January 15, 2010

Koha ILS Newsletter

Today marks the first official release of the Koha ILS Newsletter. The newsletter will be released on the 15th of each month and available at while the community awaits decisions related to the domain and foundation forming.

The table of contents for this inaugural issue is as follows:


News from Koha LibrariesTips & TricksReprinted from LISNews

Thursday, January 14, 2010

LSCH Change

It seems all the headings starting with Cellular telephone are changing to Cell phone.

NYT Subject Headings

The NYT has released another 5,000 subject headings. The nice thing is they are part of the semantic web.
Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of approximately 5,000 new subject headings to These subjects include organizations, publicly traded companies and geographic identifiers, ranging from Apple Inc to Kansas to Williams College. Like the 5,000 person-name subject headings released last October, we have mapped our latest crop of subject headings to DBpedia, Freebase and — in the case of our geographic subject headings — GeoNames.

So why are we so excited about this?

With the addition of organizations, publicly traded companies and geographic identifiers to, you can now quickly build the kind of complex data-driven applications that used to take weeks to develop. Want to see all the articles about folks from your hometown? Or alumni from your alma mater? Or all the articles that discuss retired politicians who now serve on the board of publicly traded companies? Just take our linked open data; mix in some Freebase, DBpedia and GeoNames; pop it all into your favorite Web framework and let the world know about your application.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I'll be at both the ER&L and TxLA conferences this year. I have a perverse love of using Congresses when conferences is the common usage. Now that cookery is on the way out we have only a few of these archaic terms left.

At MPOW, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), we are looking to join/form a consortium with other libraries to join TexShare. If you are interested, drop me a note or meet me at one of the conferences.

Follow the LPI on Twitter and check out our images on Flickr.

IFLA Classification News

The latest Classification and Indexing Section Newsletter, for December 2009, is now available.

MARC Handbag

I just love this image.

Monday, January 11, 2010


What ideas do we have about privacy? Maybe not the same as those who would participate in Blippy. "Blippy is a fun and easy way to see and discuss the things people are buying. Automatically share your favorite purchases from iTunes, Amazon, Zappos, Visa, MasterCard, and more." Security issues aside, would you want your MC or Visa statements made public?

IFLA Cataloguing Section

The annual report of the IFLA Cataloguing Section for 2009 is now available.