Friday, February 21, 2003


MARC 21 Data Elements in LC Bibliographic and Authority Records This list identifies data elements from Update no. 3 (October 2002) to the MARC 21 Formats for Bibliographic and Authority data that will become valid in LC's system no earlier than mid-May 2003.


I have become an Amazon associate. Not to get piles of cash from mentioning books like the Classification System for Libraries of Judaica. Rather, because there is a nifty Web service I wished to participate in, Weblog Bookwatch.
The Weblog Bookwatch searches weblogs that pass through the Recently Changed list at looking for links to books at, Barnes & Noble, or Powells. The books below were the most frequently mentioned.
This is a good idea, listing the most discussed books, but a bit crippled. One has to be an associate for one of those 3 businesses. At Amazon, only books in their catalog can have the link that Weblog Bookwatch searches. Out of print items cannot get a link, so they will not be counted. Still, it is interesting enough that I went ahead and became an associate.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Draft revised LCRI 25.5B (Motion pictures)

The portion of LCRI 25.5B relating to the application of uniform titles to motion pictures is being revised. Since LC's Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (M/B/RS) uses Archival Moving Image Materials, 2nd ed. (AMIM2) in cataloging actual moving image materials, one of the purposes of the proposed revision is to provide guidance for those libraries using an AACR2 approach (including LC for non-moving image materials that are related to motion pictures). For clarity, the revision states both a proposed "PCC practice:" (i.e., AACR2 interpretation) and the AMIM2 practice.

The DRAFT portion of LCRI 25.5B relating to motion pictures.

Please send comments on the DRAFT portion of LCRI25.5B relating to motion pictures to the CPSO e-mail account ( by March 17, 2003.

ADS Historical Literature Project

The ADS is working with the John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to digitize microfilms from selected historical publications in astronomy, including observatory reports, bulletins and annals. During the first phase of this project (to be completed by the end of 2001), we expect to make available online the raw scans for over 170 serials, for a total of 300,000 scanned pages. These pages, which eventually become accessible from an interface similar to the ADS article service, represent the sequence of images taken during the microfilming process, and include all front- and back-matter. As a result, the page numbers of all the scanned images are unknown. In addition, in most cases we have no bibliographic records for the contents of these publications (i.e. the list of articles or reports appearing in them). Without this metadata, the collection of full-text scans is of limited use since it's impossible to browse these publications by page number or use the ADS search engine to locate specific bibliographic items in them.

We have developed a a software tool to facilitate the entry of this type of metadata by users and librarians willing to work with us to improve access to this valuable collection. All you will need to get involved is a web browser and an internet connection, and data entry can be done incrementally over a period of time. Please feel free to take a look at the interface and let us know what you think!

A selected portion of the scanned microfilms is currently available through a page-by-page viewing interface.

Repository for Oft Used Library Documents

This idea continues to pick up steam, thanks TJ for getting it going. Library Techlog has these ideas:
So library_geek wants a little knowledge management, eh? I know I talked about this idea of sharing things like forms and the like on the Techlog before, but it's buried in the archives somewhere (metadata, where art thou metadata?) Anyway, dLIST the Digital Library of Information Science and Technology, might be willing to accommodate material of this nature. The About page states: "We are actively seeking partners who can contribute 'papers', 'instructional materials' and 'informetric materials' to the project." I'm e-mailing Anita Coleman to get her thoughts on that. If not, Blake Carver's LISHOST sounds like a good place to put such a repository- pick some eprints or digital library software and get started.

The MLX: Maybe this is another model for a place to stow our collective librarianly resources.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Forms Again

After the posting yesterday about sharing forms, and other other documentation, it occurred to me that an OAI server might be the best way to go. It provides for metadata, indexing, uploading of files and is standards compliant. What it would require would be an Linux, Apache server, mysql and PHP. I've received some feedback saying it sounds useful, using an already developed technology might make it happen sooner.

Some one recommended Power Tools: 100+ Essential Forms and Presentations by Joyce Kasman Valenza ALA, 1998. It includes a CD-ROM with 100+ essential forms and presentations for your school library information program. Sounds good. However, we have a body of work created in each of our institutions and if we would make it accessible and share it we could save each other time and money.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003


I saw this on the Shifted Librarian.
Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time scouring the web for examples of an Electronic Resource Evaluation Form for a form that I'm trying to put together for faculty. Later on it struck me that there are other such documents (collection development policies, instruction handouts, mission statements, etc.) that exist in one form or another that would be of great use to the library world as a whole.

So can't we get Eberle, Bigwood, Carver, Levine, Price, Chudnov, Cohen et al. to create a Dublin Cored, METS/MODS enabled, OAI compliant, RSSified, Open Directoried, repository for this type of stuff?

Or does one already exist? Please advise.

Something like this would be useful. I often see requests for a sample form on mail lists. What it would take would be a place for forms to be uploaded and then have the donator fill in some descriptive fields (title of form, institution, date, creator, format, copyright restrictions) This data could be placed in a database and users could search and pull up the results. The forms could be any format XML, PDF, Word since the descriptive metadata would provide the searching. We have benefited by sharing cataloging, shared forms could be next.


An updated version of the FRBR bibliography has just been made available on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records WG's Web site.

The FRBR Final Report is now available in English, Czech, French, Italian, Norwegian, Slovenian, and perhaps also Japanese.


The daily comic strip about library work, Overdue celebrates it's first birthday.
Today we celebrate Overdue's first year of publication! And what a year it has been. Over 3500 people now receive Overdue in their email inbox every day (we're the #1 Yahoo! Group in the category of Comic Strips), and thousands more read it on the web. Scores of periodicals around the world run Overdue, including a recent appearance in American Libraries magazine. All in our strip has been seen by over a hundred thousand people, and is enjoyed by library workers, students, patrons, and people who have never walked into a library. It's hard to believe we've come this far in so short a time, and since we don't do any marketing it's all because of you, our loyal readers. Our thanks go out to all of you who have shared our baby with colleagues, friends, and family.