Saturday, July 05, 2003


The proceedings of the recent conference on Practical Experiences in Digital Preservation, from 2-4 April 2003 in Kew (United Kingdom), are now available online. There are PowerPoint for most presentations; a few are in pdf format. However, the exciting part is all are available as audio files in wma format. MP3 might have been a better choice, non-proprietary, but placing the talks up is great. Some topics are:
  • Virtual objects as historical evidence
  • Practical Experiences of the Digital Preservation Testbed
  • The role of XML at the UK National Archives
  • The cost to preserve authentic electronic records in perpetuity

Thursday, July 03, 2003


ILL News is a new 'blog, the 1st devoted to that topic that I know of, and so a welcome addition. It is part of the SLS work to use 'blogs to facilitate communication in the system. Seen on The Shifted Librarian.


Parsing FOAF with PHP by Ian Davis is a short introduction to RDF (Resource Description Framework), specifically FOAF (Friend of A friend). FOAF could help establish communities of trust or at least, provide an alternative systems of links to navigate the Web. I'd like to create FOAF and OPML files for Catalogablog, but the server does not provide space for those. I suppose I could post them elsewhere and just point to them. Another task to add to the list.

This 'Blog

I've modified the display of the blogroll (list of links) to the right. Recently updated sites should display *** in front of the link. The space between each link makes it easier for me to read. Hope it works for you.

I have added a translation box as the last item on the right. If English is not your first language give it a try.

Tag of the Month

The Follett Tag of the Month for July is a MARC Record Sample -- Sound Recording -- CD.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Map Cataloging

Mathematical data for bibliographic descriptions of cartographic materials and spatial data by Jan Smits is an invaluable resource for map cataloging. Bookmark this one.


The ability to add metadata to media files will greatly increase access to those materials. One method is Annodex.
The technology is based on proven file formats including XML by W3 for the continuous media markup language CMML, which provides annotations and hyperlinking, and Ogg (RFC 3533) by for the Annodex format, which together provide streamable, proxyable encapsulation of media and annotations.
Not sure how it ties in with MPEG 7, if at all. This comes from Australia which seems to be doing quite a bit of interesting work.


The handout from the presentation by Mary Larsgaard "Cataloging Electronic-Resources Cartographic Materials - The Basics" is available.


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


The Bibliography Section of IFLA has published their Review of activities 2001-2002.

Geo Standards

The site has a useful selection of links to FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee) standards, data models, and tools.
The FGDC is currently undertaking an open data standards development process. The purpose of the development of Framework Data Standards is to define the common features, attributes and relationships for each Framework Theme that meet the intersections of interests necessary to effectively share data. The purpose of geospatial standards is to facilitate data sharing and increase interoperability among automated geospatial information systems.


The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is pleased to announce that we have signed a $32.4 million, five-year sole source contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to license English and Spanish language editions of SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT).

Starting in January 2004, free-of-charge access to SNOMED CT core content and all version updates will be available through the NLM’s Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus, a knowledge source containing biomedical concepts and terms from many controlled vocabularies and classifications.


The current issue of JDIM (Journal of Digital Information Management) has the paper "Indexing for XML-based Articles" by Canan F. Pembe and Taflan 0. Gundem.
Traditional information retrieval systems have problems in the relevancy of the search results. They usually return a huge number of results to query requests, mainly because they do not have the ability to utilize the semantic information XML can provide. The solution is XML-based information retrieval systems. Furthermore, an application area of this subject is XML-based article retrieval. In recent years, there has been a great tendency, both in the academia and the industry, to publish articles electronically using XML In this paper, we present an indexing schema for the article retrieval system that we propose - in which all the articles are formed as XML documents. The indexing schema is geared for efficient processing of queries, considering the specific properties in the retrieval of XML-based articles. Furthermore, we compare the performance of our proposed indexing schema with an alternative approach.
Seen at In Between.


Bernhard Eversberg has had his presentation What should catalogs do? available for quite some time. As a rule I do not point to presentations because PowerPoint slides do not contain much information. However, this presentation has links to substantial text. Readers of AUTOCAT (and if you are not, sign up now) will know he is always worth reading.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003


The choices this month for the Librarians Book Club are:


Here is a new association (to me) for our profession, The Association of Part-Time Librarians.
The following are the ideas which sparked our enthusiasm in forming the Association of Part-Time Librarians. The organization members will strive to:
  • Provide a support group to share our work experiences, seeking similarities and differences without limitations as to type of library where experience is gained.
  • Identify and prioritize our common concerns and provide an open forum for these concerns.
  • Provide speakers to address these issues for the members.
  • Establish a communications network with our full-time colleagues which emphasizes that our intellectual commitment to professionalism in librarianship still exists and grows stronger.
  • Investigate other existing library and professional organizations which currently share our concerns and might address our needs.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on library workshops and conferences for both national and local associations; obtain member information.
  • Promote the development of a statewide network of librarians interested in part-time librarianship.
We must begin a campaign to heighten the awareness of our full-time colleagues of our abilities, our needs and our expectations as librarians.


The latest issue of Info Career Trends is now available. The topic is "Paths to Librarianship". Articles include:
  1. Editor's Note
  2. Career Q&A From the Library Job People
  3. Choosing, Financing, and Getting Through Library School
  4. Pursuing A Lifelong Goal
  5. Librarianship: Unlimited Possibilities
  6. From Engineer to Librarian
  7. Taking the Scenic Route: Following a Varied Library Career Path
  8. What's Online? Recommended Resources
  9. But I Want To Hold It In My Hand! Print Resources

Monday, June 30, 2003


I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The graphic novels will be a natural tie-in for libraries. However, the characters are drawn from Poe, Haggard, Verne, Wells and other similar writers. It might be possible to encourage reading these authors. Young guys could enjoy these books. Here is a chance to get them reading. Are any libraries planning to take advantage of this opportunity?


Ready to Wear: Metadata Standards to Suit Your Project: An RLG-CIMI Forum, held 12-13 May 2003 now has the presentationas available. Talks include:
  • Investigating: reference models & framework CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM), Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) by Tony Gill
  • Naming: data value & content Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), Getty Vocabularies, LoC Vocabularies by Sherman Clarke
  • Sharing: data structure I (libraries & archives) Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) Collection Description Schema, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) by Merrilee Proffitt
  • Sharing: data structure Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG 2000), NISO Metadata for Images in XML Schema (MIX) / NISO Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images (NISO Z39.87), Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) by Robin Dale

Library Terms

Library Terms That Users Understand by John Kupersmith can help users access materials with fewer problems.
The purpose of this site is to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It serves as a clearinghouse of usability test data evaluating terminology used on library web sites, listing terms that tests show are effective or ineffective labels. It presents alternatives by documenting terms that are actually used by libraries. It also suggests "best practices" for reducing cognitive barriers caused by terminology.