Friday, October 25, 2002

Value of Cataloging

The Seattle Times has the story A cloistered treasure about a collection at Gonzaga University. The collection, including incunabula, from the Jesuit's of the Northeast U.S. is unavailable even to local users, because it is uncataloged. "I'm perhaps one of the last ones who knows the collection," says Father Fredric Schlatter, a professor emeritus of classical languages at Gonzaga and the collection's unofficial keeper for decades. "I've been very distressed that it hasn't been cataloged. It's pathetic. It's a disgrace."


Misspellings limit access to information. Terry Ballard has mobilized others to hunt out common typos and produces the Typographical Errors in Library Databases list. I've mentioned the list before, but it has recently been revised. Worth checking out again. I did find a "Mew Haven" in our catalog. Seems there are many "Mew Yorks" and "Mew Mexicos" in other catalogs.


The Oct./Nov. issue of Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology has the articles "What Can You Do with XML Today?" by Jay ven Emanarticle and "Automatic Indexing: A Matter of Degree" by Marjorie M. Hlava.

Thursday, October 24, 2002


I've posted this before, but I'll repost it from time to time to remind new subscribers. Those who have subscribed to receive items from this 'blog by e-mail should be aware:
Blog owners will be able to view the list of their subscribers. On the flip side, if subscribers want their email address hidden from view, they can set their account to "private" in their Profile section. In fact, this option is in place now, if you want to use it.
You can rest assured I'll not pass your addresses on to any third party or send you spam. I'm curious as to who is a subscriber, so I will take a look some time. This applies to any 'blog you have subscribed to using Bloglet.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002


The RSS Valiadator checks RSS feeds. It works with RSS 0.91, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0, and 2.0, but it is optimized for RSS 2.0 feeds. This ensures that the RSS feed is up to standards. It also recognizes elements from other name spaces, like Dublin Core. The RSS feed I have from Voidstar does not pass. Maybe I'll have to look at finding another. The validator is open source, so if you need to check many feeds install it locally. From Library Stuff.


The Scout Portal Toolkit (SPT) allows groups or organizations that have a collection of knowledge or resources they want to share it via the World Wide Web put that collection online without making a big investment in technical resources or expertise. The current SPT package features include: a metadata field editor, which allows portal administrators the ability to add, delete, or disable a variety of metadata fields; a Dublin Core compliant metadata field set; cross-field Searching; resource annotations and quality ratings by users; intelligent user agents; suggested resource referrals (recommender system); accessibility for users with disabilities; and RSS channel export.

Open source. Found at oss4lib.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Serials Subscription Information

NISO has released a white paper on The Exchange of Serials Subscription Information.
NISO commissioned this White Paper to help the organization think through the current needs and prospects for successfully developing a standard format for exchanging serials subscription information.

Increasingly libraries, content aggregators, publishers, and third party service providers are exchanging serials subscription data. Indeed, in the last five years, several new businesses have been started to provide libraries with accurate information about the serials to which they subscribe via aggregations.

They are seeking comments on the paper.


From oss4lib: a first beta release of Open Request is available for download. Open Request is a pure java toolkit for developers wishing to implement the ISO 10161 Inter Library Loans protocol. The current release features helpers for constructing all protocol messages, encoders and decoders for the full protocol and components that store all incoming and outgoing messages in the database.

School Librarians

The TExES Preparation Manual for School Librarians outlines the skills necessary for that profession. Folks studying for that career might find it useful as a review text.

Monday, October 21, 2002


Ending Punctuation for Variable Fields prepared by Becky Culbertson is a handy piece of work. Nothing new, but worth mentioning since some folks might not have yet seen it.


The Weblog MetaData Initiative has begun testing its metadata model
I've developed a specification which shows how to encode our general schema's metadata using only HTML [meta] tags. Along the way, I've also "Dublin Core-ized" our data schema, and tried to use DC tags wherever possible and appropriate.

What we'd like to do is get several (as many as possible) volunteers to apply this specification to their own weblogs, thereby beginning to actually 'publish' real metadata. At the same time, we call on everyone who is codingly-inclined to begin examining approaches for grabbing, parsing, slicing, dicing and presenting back this very same metadata.


Agreement Signed on MARC21 Development and Maintenance
On August 16, 2002, in Glasgow, the members of the MARC Harmonization Coordinating Committee (MHCC) completed the signing of an agreement confirming the commitment of the National Library of Canada, the Library of Congress and the British Library to work together on the maintenance and development of the MARC21 format.

The Future

A summary of the excellent speech by Clifford Lynch at LITA is now available at LJ. I hope a more complete version is available sometime.