Friday, May 06, 2011

Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials

Library of Congress Subject HeadingsImage by ekpatterson via FlickrNews from LC.
Since 2007 the Library of Congress’ Policy and Standards Division (PSD) has been developing genre/form terms, and in June 2010 determined that the new thesaurus, Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), should be formally separated from Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). In order to accomplish this, on May 24, 2011 the existing genre/form authority records will be deleted and reissued with new coding.

The current coding for the genre/form authority records indicates that the terms are from LCSH, not LCGFT. The LCCNs are prefixed by “sh” and 008/11 is set to “a,” Library of Congress Subject Headings. Therefore, the LCCNs and MARC coding both need to be revised. This will require the deleting and reissuing of the genre/form authority records.

The approximately 800 existing authority records will be deleted and immediately reissued. About 1600 records (deletes plus reissues) will be sent to subscribers as part of the May 24, 2011, Volume 26, Issue 21, distribution of subject authorities via the MARC Distribution Service (MDS).

Authority records for LCGFT terms will be coded as follows.

LCCN prefix: gf
008/11: z (“Other”)
040$f: lcgft

Example:

008/11 z
010 $a gf2011987654 $z sh2009025020
040 $a DLC $b eng $c DLC $f lcgft
155 $a Topographic maps
455 $a Hypsographic maps
455 $a Hypsometric maps
455 $a Relief maps
455 $a Topographical maps
555 $w a $a Maps

[Note that the deprecated LCCN is being retained in field 010$z, to facilitate automatic updates.]

As of May 24, 2011, new coding should be used when assigning LCGFT terms in bibliographic records. That coding is as follows.

655 #7 $a [Term]. $2 lcgft

Example:

Title: Survivor: Thailand.

655 #7 $a Survival television programs. $2 lcgft
655 #7 $a Nonfiction television programs. $2 lcgft

The genre/form FAQ http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/genre_form_faq.pdf and the Subject Headings Manual (SHM) will both be updated to reflect this change in policy.

For further information and the rationale for these revisions, please see the January 3, 2011 announcement, “Library of Congress to Reissue Genre/Form Authority Records.” http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/gf_lccn.html

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Cataloging Webinars

WebJunction is offering a couple of free webinars that might be interesting.
June 2: Cataloging as Collaborative Librarianship: Partnering with Your Colleagues
This webinar, presented in collaboration with Libraries Unlimited, upon the publication of Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments, will discussion how be more effective partners with your colleagues and leverage cataloging expertise. Three contributors to the edition from the University of New Mexico Libraries will examine the relationships and potential with other technical services partners, such as acquisitions and collection development, branching out into public services collaborations; and they will address how catalogers can take an active role in the growing area of digitization services.

More information and registration »

June 14: Cataloging Efficiencies That Make a Difference
OCLC Member Services staff have been traveling around the U.S. to hear how librarians have faced the challenge to streamline cataloging at a time of reduced budgets and staff. These discussions have provided a great opportunity to exchange practical tips on how to become more efficient—from defining "good enough" cataloging to collaborating on improved workflows, to sharing the latest on RDA and WorldCat quality. In this webinar, two academic librarians will share their experiences of reviewing and revising tech services workflows, and cataloging e-books. We'll also discuss the key trends and strategies provided by the hundreds of library staff who have contributed to the Good Practices for Great Outcomes series so far, and will end with a discussion of where we go from here. Presenters: Daphne Kouretas, OCLC; Helen Heinrich, California State University, Northridge; Debbi Dinkins, Stetson University.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

The National Network

Some interesting work linking researchers is being done with VIVO.
The National Network enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO's search and browse capability will reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually, brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Personal Announcement

I've created a personal Twitter account. If you have been following LPI_Library to follow me, switch over to DPBigwood. On foursquare (not that I use it much aside from conferences) I'm also dpbigwood. Once I was trying to keep the LPI Library numbers as high as possible on Twitter. Now I think they have reached a point where splitting off my personal stuff won't hurt their numbers much if any. The LPI account is getting a few new followers every day. If that continues that will mean well over 1,000 new followers this year. Not bad for a library with about 350 card holders.