Saturday, February 07, 2004


RedLightGreen: What We've Learned Since Launch by Merrilee Proffitt appears in the current RLG Focus
RedLightGreen is a new service developed with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Using some 120 million records from the RLG Union Catalog, RedLightGreen is optimized with specific tools to help undergraduates locate relevant and legitimate works for their research, check availability of those resources through a link to their local online catalog, and create proper citations for those resources in standard formats. The pilot test for this new service launched September 22, 2003.
Lots of changes since the launch. If you have not checked out RedLightGreen recently take another look. The article mentions Catalogablog, I'll need a new hat.

Friday, February 06, 2004


OpenURL: A Tutorial prepared by Harry E. Samuels is a short introduction to the standard.

TX Library Conference

I've just received the program for the TX Library Association Annual Conference. Looks great as always. This is one of the largest library conventions in the country, but not as intimidating as ALA.

One of the speakers is Jenny Levine, the Shifted Librarian. Love the title of one of her presentations "George Jetson Goes to the Library." I'd like to meet her and chat over the homemade root bear at Shilo's, but I'm not recovered enough to make the trip to San Antonio. Jenny enjoy the conference. Hope you come back next year.

Other folks I'll be missing are Roy Tennant and Ralph Nader.

Some of the sessions include:

  • Archives Online: Metadata for Special Collections
  • MARC, XML, and FRBR - Oh My
  • What's the Big Deal About XML?
  • The Architecture of Digital Archives


Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions

Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. They include 1 other sources code and 1 subject source code. These new codes will be added to the online MARC Codes Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions. The codes should not be used in exchange records until after April 5, 2004. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers with time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where these codes are used.

MARC Term, Name, Title Sources Changes:
barn -subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information records in fields 600-651, 655-658) [use after April 5, 2004]

MARC Other Sources Changes:
doi- Digital Object Identifier (subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Authority records in field 024) [use after April 5, 2004]

I think a lot of people will be glad to see DOI added. There has been discussion about using it in 024 or 856. If it is a clickable link 856 seems to be a good option, if it is in the other format 024 is the place.


UNESCO is presently carrying out an evaluation of WebWorld, the website of its Communication and Information Sector.

This evaluation will help us to better respond to your needs and to improve WebWorld's services and portals (the Libraries Portal, the Archives Portal, the Free Software Portal and the Observatory on the Information Society).

We would be very grateful for your participation by answering 12 simple questions in the online survey.


I don't think I've ever noted the GPO Classification Manual is on-line. That is now done.
The Superintendent of Documents classification system was developed in the Library of the Government Printing Office between 1895 and 1903. It was first described in October 1903 by William Leander Post, then in charge of the Library, in the preface to List of Publications of the Agriculture Department 1862-1902, Department List No.1, issued by the Superintendent of Documents in 1904.

The purpose of this edition of the Classification Manual is to set forth the current policies in effect for assigning Superintendent of Documents classification numbers in the U.S. Government Printing Office. The user of this manual should be aware that many policies and practices have changed, sometimes radically, over the years. Where possible, the manual indicates earlier policies that resulted in quite different class numbers for some groups of documents.

Statement of International Cataloguing Principles

The Bulgarian and Czech translations of the draft Statement of International Cataloguing Principles have been posted on the conference website.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Statement of International Cataloguing Principles

The German and Spanish translations of the draft Statement of International Cataloguing Principles have been posted on the conference website.

Automatic Organization for Digital Photographs

Automatic Organization for Digital Photographs with Geographic Coordinates by Mor Naaman, Yee Jiun Song, Andreas Paepcke, and Hector Garcia Molina covers:
We describe PhotoCompas, a system that utilizes the time and location information embedded in digital photographs to automatically organize a personal photo collection. PhotoCompas produces browseable location and event hierarchies for the collection. This organization is created using algorithms that interleave time and location to produce an organization that mimics the way people think about their photo collections. In addition, our algorithm annotates the generated hierarchy with geographical names. We tested our approach on several real-world collections and verifed that the results are meaningful and useful for the collection owners.

Librarian's Book Club

The book selected for the Librarians Book Club is Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox by Paul Goldstein.

Dublin Core

DC-dot, UKOLN's Web-based Dublin Core generator and editor, now conforms with the "Expressing Dublin Core in HTML/XHTML meta and link elements" DCMI recommendation.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Texas Cataloging News

T.R.G.C.C. TALKS, Newsletter of the Texas Library Association's Texas Regional Group of Catalogers and Classifiers vol. 14, no. 1, Winter 2003 is now available. Some of the articles are:
  • New Cataloging Conferences (Non TLA)
  • Cataloging Mentor Program
  • Cataloging Titles of Note


Chris Putnam has released, under the GNU Public License (GPL), a set of tools for interconverting between various bibliography formats, Bibutils.
For version 3, currently in beta, the XML intermediate is the Library of Congress's Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) version 3. Conversion utilities out of the MODS DTD will be established once the import into MODS is stablilized.


There is a new version of MarcEdit. Download and install over the old version.


The Jan. issue of SCATNews, the Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section, is now available. Among the articles are:

Monday, February 02, 2004


We're surrounded by free factual information, but there's a bill in Congress that would lock it all up. The Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act (DCIMA, H.R. 3261) extends extremely broad copyright-like protections to collections of factual data - data like the price of a TV, the temperature in Arizona or infomation collected during scientific research. DCIMA would allow companies to sue anyone who interferes with their ability to profit from data that they collect. In other words, academic researchers, public libraries, Internet innovators and other database users would have to pay up if someone else claimed to have assembled the data first. This is not only unecessary, it's bad policy.

Make your voice heard with the EFF Action Center.


The Library is a new service offered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that allows users to easily discover and retrieve desired information from multiple library catalogs, databases, and other knowledge collections. Texans no longer need to use a separate interface for each individual library or database. At present, the Library of Texas searches through the catalogs of 63 public libraries, 26 academic libraries, and 40 TexShare commercial databases.

The databases are only available to registered users. However, searching multiple library catalogs is open to all.

Subject Headings

FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology): a Simplified Vocabulary Based on the Library of Congress Subject Headings by Edward T. O'Neill and Lois Mai Chan appears in the IFLA Journal.

Sunday, February 01, 2004


The new issue of Ariadne includes:
  • Improving the Quality of Metadata in Eprint Archives
    Marieke Guy, Andy Powell and Michael Day address the argument that the quality of service to end-users is markedly influenced by the quality of metadata being produced and provide suggestions.
  • Building OAI-PMH Harvesters with Net::OAI::Harvester
    Ed Summers describes Net::OAI::Harvester, the Perl package for easily interacting with OAI-PMH repositories as a metadata harvester. Ed provides examples of how to use Net::OAI::Harvester to write short programs which execute each of the 6 OAI-PMH verbs.
  • DSpace vs. ETD-db: Choosing software for E-theses
    Richard Jones examines the similarities and differences between DSpace and ETD-db to determine their applicability in a modern E-theses service.

Your Local Library

PC World in their Best of the Web article gives the lead position to Your Local Library as a best reference source.
Your Library's Web Site
Frustrated by the growing number of pay-per-view Web archives? Your local library's Web site might be able to help, though you may need a library card to enjoy full access. For example, New York Public Library cardholders can read issues of The New York Times online for the past year, and anyone in the world can ask the librarian any question. You'll find encyclopedias, community information, and more than enough reasons to ensure that your library card is up-to-date.