Friday, September 14, 2012
LC seeks comments.
The Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress has received a revision proposal for the Malay (in Jawi-Arabic script) ALA-LC romanization table from LC's Jakarta Office. The proposal recommends the addition of two characters as well as a new note to reflect changes in current Malay printed materials.
The revision proposal http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman_malay_proposal.pdf (PDF, 129 KB) highlights all additions and changes. A separate document http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman_malay_explanation.doc (DOC, 43 KB) enumerates changes in the revision proposal.
The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code lists for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.
The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.
Classification Scheme Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Classification Scheme Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.
- International Classification for Standards (International Organization for Standardization)
Description Convention Source Codes
The following source code has been added to the Description Convention Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.
- ISBD: International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD Review Group/Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section)
The code listed below has been recently approved. The code will be added to the applicable Value Lists for Codes and Controlled Vocabularies lists. See the specific source code lists for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.
The code should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables. MARC Authentication Action Code List
The following code has been added to the MARC Authentication Action Code List list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.
- New Zealand national bibliography (Wellington: National Library of New Zealand)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
New webinar available from OCLC, OCLC Research TAI CHI Webinar Recording: Umlaut.
In this webinar, Jonathan Rochkind, Senior Programmer/Analyst at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, demonstrated how Umlaut allows you to de-couple your "link resolver" (or "known item service") user-facing UI from your underlying knowledge base products—theoretically making it possible to switch out one vendor's knowledge base product for another with no interruption to your users (or to your local applications using Umlaut's API rather than a specific vendor's proprietary API).
NISO is looking for input on Open Discovery.
The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), a working group of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), has been formed to develop a Recommended Practice related to the index-based discovery services for libraries. ODI aims to investigate and improve the ecosystem surrounding these discovery services, with a goal of broader participation of content providers and increased transparency to libraries.
An important component of our work involves gathering information from the key stakeholders: libraries, content providers, and developers of discovery products.
If you are involved in discovery services we request that you respond to our survey. The survey results will provide essential information to the workgroup as it develops recommended practices related to discovery services. A full report on the findings of this survey will be made available publically on the NISO website later this year.
We are especially interested in input from:
We anticipate that the survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QBXZXSB
- libraries that have implemented or plan to implement a discovery service and
- organizations that potentially contribute content to one or more of these services:
- primary publishers,
- producers of aggregated databases of citation or full-text content for libraries, and
- creators of abstracting and indexing services.
News from OCLC about their control numbers.
WorldCat continues to grow! As indicated earlier this year, the OCLC Control Number is anticipated to reach one billion after July 1, 2013. At that point, OCLC will increase the length of the OCLC number to accommodate a variable length number string. If you use and/or store OCLC MARC bibliographic records and the OCLC Control Number, you will notice a change after July 1, 2013. You will need to check the systems at your institution that use OCLC MARC bibliographic records and the OCLC number. You may need to implement changes to ensure those systems will be able to successfully handle the longer OCLC number effective July 1, 2013.
The latest issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) from NISO is a special issue on Linked Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Contents include:
- Linked Data Vocabulary Management: Infrastructure Support, Data Integration, and Interoperability by Gordon Dunsire, Corey Harper, Diane Hillmann, and Jon Phipps
- Linking Lives: Creating An End-User Interface Using Linked Data by Jane Stevenson
- Joining the Linked Data Cloud in a Cost-Effective Manner by Seth van Hooland, Ruben Verborgh, and Rik Van de Walle
- OCLC's Linked Data Initiative: Using Schema.org to Make Library Data Relevant on the Web by Ted Fons, Jeff Penka, and Richard Wallis
- Europeana: Moving to Linked Open Data by Antoine Isaac, Robina Clayphan, and Bernhard Haslhofer
- LODLAM State of Affairs by Jon Voss
- Report on the Linked Ancient World Data Institute by Thomas Elliott, Sebastian Heath, and John Muccigrosso
- LC's Bibliographic Framework Initiative and the Attractiveness of Linked Data by Kevin Ford