Friday, February 13, 2004

Frankfurt Principles

The French translation of the "Frankfurt Principles" have been posted on the website.

Scout Portal Toolkit

SPT (Scout Portal Toolkit) version 1.2.2 has been released, and is now available for download on the Scout web site.

Highlights of this release include:

  • support for editing and browsing multiple Tree (hierarchical controlled vocabulary) fields
  • a new option to automagically populate Tree fields with the GEM subject hierarchy
  • support for unicode UTF-8 character coding
  • improved import and export capabilities, including the ability to import controlled vocabulary (Tree, Controlled Name, Option) values
  • a revamped Advanced Search interface
  • a reworked "Saved Searches" feature (replaces the old "User Agents")
  • new database query caching support, to reduce server loads
  • and various minor bug fixes.

Cataloger's Desktop

Cataloger's Desktop Coming to the Web.

The Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) of the Library of Congress (LC) is pleased to announce that its highly popular cataloging documentation tool, Cataloger's Desktop, is moving to the Web. Currently distributed on CD-ROM, Cataloger's Desktop provides access to some of the most widely used cataloging documentation resources in an integrated online system.

Beta testing of a Web version of Cataloger's Desktop will take place from March 1 to April 30, 2004. Access to the beta version is free. Testers are encouraged to offer feedback for fine-tuning the Cataloger's Desktop-Web interface before its scheduled launch as a fee-for-service product in June.

For up-to-date announcements about the Web version of Cataloger's Desktop.

Creative Commons license metadata

mozCC is a plugin for Mozilla that reveals Creative Commons license metadata.
mozCC is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers, including Mozilla Firebird, Mozilla and Netscape, which provides a convenient way to examine Creative Commons licenses embedded in web pages.

When license RDF is detected, mozCC does two things. First, it scans for license information pertaining to the current web page and places relevant icons on the status bar. Second, it enables a button on the toolbar which allows you to explore the parsed licensing metadata.

Thursday, February 12, 2004


The following MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) stylesheets are now available online:A revised MARCXML to MODS Version 2 stylesheet is also available online.

Please note that you may also access these stylesheets off of the MODS homepage.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

RSS Validator

Here is a tool that will validate your RSS feed on a daily basis and e-mail you the results.
Please enter the URL of a feed that you wish to validate periodically, an email address you want the result to be sent to, and a subject for the email (which makes it easy to filter the email). The feed will be validated at most once a day.

RDF and OWL Are W3C Recommendations

The World Wide Web Consortium today released the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the OWL Web Ontology Language (OWL) as W3C Recommendations. RDF is used to represent information and to exchange knowledge in the Web. OWL is used to publish and share sets of terms called ontologies, supporting advanced Web search, software agents and knowledge management.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Mentors Needed

The ALCTS Committee on Education, Training and Recruitment (CETRC) for Catalogers is sponsoring a mentoring program for MLIS students and recent graduates who have expressed an interest in cataloging. The Mentoring Sub-Committee is putting out a call for potential mentors. We expect to begin matching mentors and mentees this spring; the mentoring commitment would be for one year. Each mentor/mentee pair will be assigned a liaison who is a member of CETRC to help facilitate the process.

The nature of the mentoring relationship can be determined by each pair; whether the focus is on creating a resume and interviewing for cataloging jobs, or about specific cataloging skills, or ideas for research and exploration. Primary contact will be by e-mail, though if geographically viable, in-person meetings might be arranged.

Please take a look at the website and, if you are interested in participating, fill out an application (a link to the form is also available on the mentoring site). And please let one of the sub-committee co-chairs know if you have any questions about the program.


The "Dewey Error Notification List" is intended to notify people who classify materials using DDC numbers which the Library of Congress has assigned in the bibliographic records they so kindly prepare and distribute. Occasionally, errors may occur in such records. Depending on how you handle quality control, you may wish to participate in the list, which I maintain privately. Are you a member of one of the following two groups of people? If so, please contact me as below.
  1. Those who examine Dewey numbers carefully for accuracy, and report suspected errors to LC's Decimal Classification Division (which can be done by e-mail to Such people may send a copy of their report to me, and I'll forward it to the people in group 2.
  2. Those who work at institutions where Dewey numbers assigned at LC are accepted without question (a practice I don't recommend), so that they can learn about errors reported by the people in group 1.
It's a list that, in a perfect world, there would be no need for! Fortunately, traffic is moderate, and the rate of suspected errors is low - by my own estimation approximately 1%. The list has been operating for two years, and has approximately 40 participants. It is for notification rather than discussion - and once an error has been detected and people notified, the basic purpose of the list has been fulfilled.

To receive error reports, please forward your e-mail address to me at I do not represent the Library of Congress Decimal Classification Division or any other agency.

Posted with permission.


The filtering program SmartFilter classifies Web sites and then limits access to those sites based on that classification. It does provide a page to check the categorization of a site and suggest another. It wouldn't hurt to check your pages to make sure they are correctly classified.

Top Trends

The next Dynix Institute Web Seminar is Marshall Breeding discussing Where is the Industry Headed? Top Trends to Watch in 2004
February 11, 2004, 8 AM to 9 AM Pacific

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?

Registration is required for this free event.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Holdings Standards

The Feb. issue of Computers in Libraries has the article "An Introduction to Holdings Standards by Shirley Lincicum.
It used to be that you didn't need to know much about standards for holdings data unless you were a cataloger. That's all changing now. This overview explains what you need to know, and what these standards have in common with electricity.

Cataloger Profile

The C&RL News for February 2004 has a profile of David Sleasman, metadata and cataloging coordinator at the Scout Project.
If the prospect of having the Internet as your special collection and the world as your audience exhilarates rather than intimidates, then working for the Internet Scout Project (ISP) might be your job of lifetime. Since 1994, the Scout Project, housed in the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has produced one of the oldest and best respected free Internet current awareness publications, the Internet Scout Report. David Sleasman has been metadata and cataloging coordinator for the past three years.

Metadata Vocabularies

Links to more than 60 vocabulary sources and a brief introduction on the importance and use of controlled vocabularies are available at the TASi site (Technical Advisory Service for Images). It does miss some of the important geographic sites, but is a good starting point for an exploration of various controlled vocabularies.

Thanks Owen for point this site out to me.

W3C fixes CSS validator

Over the weekend, the W3C acted promptly to fix the bug in the CSS validator that wrongly declared many correctly authored CSS layouts to be invalid. Now we can use it to ensure our pages are correct.