Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Movers & Shakers

A request from Library Journal.
“Hi there folks, a simple request from your friendly neighborhood LJ editor here: help us get the word out about nominations for 2013 class of Movers & Shakers. If you have any outstanding peers and colleagues in mind, go ahead and submit early and often here:

Likewise, if you have any opportunity to spread the word about nominations to your colleagues via Twitter, Facebook, email lists, in-person nudges, etc., that would also be a tremendous help to us in getting a stellar batch of Movers set for the March 15 issue. Nominations are due November 7.
I'm not sure how many nominations LJ gets for these awards. I know that when I was on the Texas Library Association's Award Committee we got very few. The odds of winning if a deserving person was nominated were very good.

Another reason to nominate someone is it is good PR for the library. If you're a manager having a Movers & Shaker on our staff can generate plenty of good press. Just the fact that you think enough of someones performance to make the nomination is good for staff moral. Even if they don't win their (and your library's) exceptional work has been read and reviewed by a committee. That alone is good PR. Maybe it will lead to an invitation to speak or write and a win next year.

What I'm saying is do take the time to send in nominations. There is little to lose and plenty to gain.

Monday, October 29, 2012

MarcEdit RDA Helper

The latest update to Terry Reese's MarcEdit tool includes RDA Helper. "The RDA Helper is an in development tool that provides the ability to RDA’ize AACR2 records. The function allows users to select from a broad range of RDA field options. RDA Helper includes automatic GMD generation." Terry has a video on the Helper.

Recommendations on Exchange Formats

Good practices and strategic recommendations on exchange formats applicable to the Registry Service for Libraries and Related Organizations (SERBER) in a context of open and linked data : Report by Miquel Térmens Graells, Velilla Centelles, Arroyo Miquel, Domingo Fernández, and Elisa García-Morales.
The Office of Library Co-ordination of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD) commissioned the company Infor@rea to draw up a study of the current situation and best practices regarding exchange formats for data to be published in the Registry Service for Libraries and Related Organizations (hereinafter SERBER). This study falls within the framework of the design and implementation of a strategic model for SERBER based on the ISO 2146:2010 standard..... The last two sections outline the recommendations for publishing open data of the SERBER project, expressed in two successive stages: Stage 1 (Section 5), in which the data will be published in two structured formats, CSV and XML; and the Stage 2 (Section 6), marked by the strategic transition to linked data in the context of the Semantic Web. Section 6 presents the specific steps to be carried out and the immediate benefits that would be obtained by the MECD.