Thursday, January 29, 2004

Bibliographic Infrastructure

In Building a New Bibliographic Infrastructure Roy Tennant decides MARC should not to put to death but rather die a natural death.
The point is we need to craft standards, software tools, and systems that can accept, manipulate, store, output, search, and display metadata from a wide variety of bibliographic or related standards. Our systems should be able to accept an ONIX record from a publisher, which contains basic bibliographic fields and elements like cover art, and use it as a prototype cataloging record or to enrich an existing record. Our systems should be able to output a record easily in Dublin Core for harvesting through the Open Archives Initiative's Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. In other words, we need a new bibliographic infrastructure that allows for the easy and effective sharing of various types of records.
I've seen many calls for systems that accept ONIX records. Are any publishers making them available to libraries (other than LC)?

Margaret Mann Citation recipient

ALCTS announces Margaret Mann Citation recipient

Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office at the Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2004 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of the American Library Association (ALA).

On-line Seminar

Marshall Breeding will present Where is the Industry Headed? Top Trends to Watch in 2004 on Feb. 11, 2004, 8 AM to 9 AM Pacific as a Dynix Institute Seminar.
Breeding will provide observations, perspectives, and opinions about trends related to the companies, products, and technologies of the library automation industry. While the library industry continues to be unpredictable, savvy librarians should be aware of the general factors that will shape library automation technology in the future.

As well, Breeding will offer a general sketch of the library automation business landscape: the types of companies involved, the health of the industry, the size of the market, the current rates of revenue growth, and sources for capital investment. The most-asked question about the industry involves business consolidation. The library automation industry today is only moderately consolidated. Might we expect further mergers or acquisitions?

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

A Patron's Viewpoint

Timothy Burke writes in his 'blog "Burn the Catalog."
I’m to the point where I think we’d be better off to just utterly erase our existing academic catalogs and forget about backwards-compatibility, lock all the vendors and librarians and scholars together in a room, and make them hammer out electronic research tools that are Amazon-plus, Amazon without the intent to sell books but with the intent of guiding users of all kinds to the books and articles and materials that they ought to find, a catalog that is a partner rather than an obstacle in the making and tracking of knowledge.

Class of 2007 "Mindset List"

The Beloit College's Class of 2007 "Mindset List" is now available. Always entertaining and enlightening.

Monday, January 26, 2004


Walt Crawford includes some kind words about Catalogablog in his latest Crawford Files, Starting a Bicycle Club: Weblogs Revisited. In the past such a comment would have resulted in a surge of new readers or at least hits on the front page. This time that did not happen. The number of readers has remained constant. The only reason I can think of is that everybody who would be interested in a 'blog on library cataloging already knows of Catalogablog and either reads it or finds it not to their liking. Everbody interested in this bicycle club has joined.

That's fine. I still find it useful to continue and I never expected to reach the same number of readers as American Libraries. Having a huge number of readers was not among the reasons I began this 'blog. I am surprised by how many people do find it useful and do read it regularly. Thanks to all who have made suggestions, passed on news items and helped make this a better 'blog. Please continue to do so.