Friday, December 21, 2012

MARBI Papers and Agenda Available for Review

Proposal 2013-01: Identifying Titles Related to the Entity Represented by the Authority Record in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Proposal 2013-02: New Fields to Accommodate Authority Records for Medium of Performance Vocabulary for Music in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Proposal 2013-03: Making Field 250 Repeatable in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal 2013-04: Defining New Code for Score in Field 008/20 (Format of music) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Proposal 2013-05: Defining New Field 385 for Audience Characteristics in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal 2013-06: Defining New Field 386 for Creator/Contributor Group Categorizations in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Proposal 2013-07: Defining Encoding Elements to Record Chronological Categories and Dates of Works and Expressions in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats

Discussion Paper 2013-DP01: Identifying Records from National Bibliographies in MARC 21 Bibliographic Format

Discussion Paper 2013-DP02: Defining Subfields for Qualifiers to Standard Identifiers in the MARC 21 Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings formats

Discussion Paper 2013-DP03: Defining a Control Subfield $7 in the Series Added Entry Fields, for the Type and the Bibliographic Level of the Related Bibliographic Record

Discussion Paper 2013-DP04: Separating the Type of Related Entity from the RDA Relationship Designator in MARC 21 Bibliographic Format Linking Entry Fields

The MARBI ALA Midwinter Conference 2013 agenda is available at:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Metadata

What is metadata? A Christmas themed exploration by Bonnie Swoger appears as a recent Scientific American weblog post. Cute.
I think we can agree that Santa would use sound data management practices, including the creation and use of proper metadata, to keep track of his gift giving and logistical data. He would want the rest of us to use good metadata so we can always locate that 30 year old picture of him, too.

Be like Santa and make sure your data is findable and re-useable: use good metadata!
Gary Price of InfoDocket brought this to my attention.

GPO to Switch to RDA in April

Another major cataloging institution, the GPO, plans to switch to the RDA standard in April.
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has created a Resource Description and Access (RDA) implementation team to ensure a smooth transition from AACR2 to RDA. GPO cataloging staff are continuing their training efforts, and are now working on sample record creation, the identification of local practices and formal PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) review. Full implementation is expected in April, 2013.
I was made aware of this by Gary Price of InfoDocket.