Friday, January 31, 2003

Ohio in May

This May, the OLC Technical Services Division and OPLIN are offering a unique learning experience: a two-day Technical Services retreat!

Technical Services 2003: Inspiration, Example and Synthesis May 7 - 8, 2003 Mohican State Park (Perrysville, Ohio)

Nationally known speaker Janet Swan Hill will be giving the keynote presentation and facilitating other sessions throughout the retreat on the image and leadership role of technical services personnel. Other speakers will be presenting breakout sessions on topics such as: bibliographic control; management and training; library catalogs and remote users; national cataloging standards; and metadata.

This symposium will offer learning opportunities for not only technical services staff, but for library managers, directors, and information technology personnel as well.

As a one-time exception to OLC's general registration policy, they are extending the member rate for this event to staff from academic libraries here in Ohio and to staff from public and academic libraries in other states.

For more detailed information, please go to the OLC website.


I'm not sure why PURLs are not used more. CONSER is investigating their use and the GOP uses them. There are a good number of records in OCLC with them. However, that seems to be all. I've tried to convince a state organization to set up their own PURL resolver, but with only mild interest and no results. They did install a link checker against the database, but that is not the same thing. I've also tried to get the Regional Planetary Image Facilities to set up a topical one but with no interest there.

The fact is they can work so well. Yesterday I checked the links in our catalog. One of the broken links was a PURL created by the GPO. I sent them a note last night that it was broken and where it should point and this morning it was fixed. Not just for me, but for all the institutions that have that record in their system. They did not even know it was broken and it has been fixed. Talk about service.


ResearchGuide is an open-source software application that helps librarians make subject guides and information pages using Web forms. It is open source.
ResearchGuide is a web environment allowing creation and delivery of online subject research guides for academic libraries. Benefits include standard look and feel of guides and centralized management of content. ResearchGuide also creates information pages about librarians who maintain the guides.
OCLC has a pathfinder creation tool as part of CORC/Connextion but those of us who are not members could use another tool. Seen on library news daily.

Thursday, January 30, 2003


Project: Giraffe A Configurator for MARC RTP is an open source project. If you are using MARC RTP, this could make your life a bit easier.
Giraffe is a GUI configurator and execution tool for MARC RTP. It allows users to design and execute Request files for use with MARC RTP in an intuitive way.

ISBD(ER) Revisions

If concerned about ISBD(ER) revisions speak up. Changes in the ISBD often result in changes in AARC. However, AACR did not pick up the useful list of GMD terms from ISBD(ER).
In an effort to take into account the changes being adopted in describing electronic resources by the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR (JSC) and other sources, the IFLA ISBD Review Group commissioned an investigation into those problem areas in the ISBD(ER) that it deemed to be significant and in need of immediate resolution. Four specific problem areas were identified: 0.5 (Sources of Information); Area 3 (Type and Extent of Resource); Area 5 (Physical Description); and Area 8 (Standard Number (or Alternative) and Terms of Availability). A principal investigator was appointed to conduct a six-month investigation, which resulted in a report containing options and recommendations for the ISBD Review Group to consider. The Group discussed the report at its August 2002 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, and limited the number of changes to the following 8 recommendations that are being issued at this time for worldwide review. The proposed changes following each recommendation are underlined.

French ILS

"This is an announcement for a free (GPL) library automated system based on PHP and MySQL. PhpMyBibli (still in French, sorry...), still in development phase, aims to provide a convenient and easy to use interface for the librarian and the library's public featuring: UNIMARC support (and maybe various flavour of MARC), authorities management, administration made easy for the librarian, advanced OPAC functions : collection browsing, etc...)." Seen on oss4lib


The W3C RDFCore Working Group is pleased to announce the publication on 23 Jan 2003 of the following last call Working Drafts.The RDFCore Working Group welcomes feedback in all of this work, but in particular from this community would greatly benefit from feedback on the primer, syntax and schema documents.

Comments should be sent to The last call period ends on the 21st February 2003.

Thank you in advance for your help in contributing to the accuracy and quality of this work.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

RLG's RedLightGreen Project

RLG is looking at a user friendly interface to the union catalog.
The RedLightGreen project is a whole new way of thinking about library catalogs. Catalogs today are optimized for inventory control and transaction management - not necessarily information discovery. By taking the large, multi-institution database that is the RLG Union Catalog, and mining it for conceptual relationships and holdings data, RedLightGreen aims beyond what both catalogs and Internet search engines can provide.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003


The SMBmeta initiative is a new one to me.
The SMBmeta Initiative is an open, distributed way for small and medium-sized businesses to communicate information such as the physical location of the business and the area it serves, as well at the type of business, to search engines and other services.
It is in XML but does not seem to build on the work of DC nor any of the other metadata initiatives. It does use NAICS codes. The language code is the two-character ISO 639.

MARC Codes

There have been some additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.


The latest issues of the Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Section on Cataloguing is now available. It includes information about Muldicat - Multilingual Dictionary of Cataloging Terms and Definitions, Project "Changing for international formats and codes (MARC21, AACR2)" and Report on the first two meetings of the FRBR Working Group Glasgow, 19-20 August 2002.


A free EAD reader, gnosis, it uses the browser.
Gnosis is a tool for field-specific searching of EAD-encoded archival finding aids. You may use the simple Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in constructing your queries. When searching by date, you may use individual years (1984) or spans of years (1942-1945). When searching with a date range, Gnosis will find all finding aids whose date coverage overlaps with the specified range. When searching multiple fields, all fields must match in order for the record to match.
Clean look.

Audio Books

Webwords, a U.K. project, is adding a link in audio book records to a short MP3 file. This allows the user to hear if the presentation is to their liking.
The webwords project aims to enrich the quality of the experience of choosing an audio book. The service is primarily aimed at visually impaired visitors but will equally assist all audio book enthusiasts. It will do this by allowing visitors to listen to a small sample of a book they might wish to enjoy, to hear what it sounds like, to listen and experience not only the essence of the book, but the quality and style of the narration.

The audio samples will be directly accessible via a link from web-based library catalogues.

Monday, January 27, 2003

New library 'blog

hipsterlibrarian is a new personal journal by a librarian. They are anonymous, but work in a high school library in NYC. Yet to show up on Library weblogs

Subject Portals

D-Lib Magazine has the article "iVia Open Source Virtual Library System"
iVia is an open source Internet subject portal or virtual library system. As a hybrid expert and machine built collection creation and management system, it supports a primary, expert-created, first-tier collection that is augmented by a large, second-tier collection of significant Internet resources that are automatically gathered and described. iVia has been developed by and is the platform for INFOMINE, a scholarly virtual library collection of over 26,000 librarian-created and 80,000 plus machine-created records describing and linking to academic Internet resources. The software enables institutions to work cooperatively or individually to provide well-organized, virtual library collections of metadata descriptions of Internet and other resources, as well as rich full-text harvested from these resources.


The latest netConnect has the article "Metasearching in the Lone Star State" by Christine Peterson.
Christine Peterson explains how the Z Texas Portal will enable searching across OPACs, full-text and abstracting/indexing databases, and local resources.