Friday, March 12, 2004


I've just received my copy of the proceedings of the Geoscience Information Society's annual conference. This is another talented and active group of librarians. If you are involved in the geosciences, check them out.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Cyrilic Language Tool

The PLA session "Collection Development and Cataloging of International Language Materials" by Fred Gitner, Ju-Hwa Lin, and Alan Wagner includes information about a tool to add cyrilic characters to bib records. Instructions on running the program and examples of enhanced records are both given.
Complete information on the development of the Perl program, Cyril will be detailed in an article scheduled for publication in early 2004. "Cyril: Expanding the Horizons of MARC 21" will appear in a Special Issue of Library Hi Tech, entitled "MARC and Metadata".

OLAC Newsletter

The OLAC Newsletter is now available. It includes conference reports from:
  • CC:DA
It also includes book reviews, news, and OLAC information. Worth reading. If you have yet to join OLAC please consider it. Your 12.00 per year or 30.00 for three years supports a very vital organization.

Open Source

The Dynix Institute presents this free seminar, James LaRue: Open Source, Open Minds May 12, 2004, 8 AM to 9 AM Pacific

The Open Source model of collaborative software development, building on the work of others, is a close match to the culture of the library. This session will discuss the uses and advantages of Open Source server and desktop applications on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms.

Registration is required.

Semantic Web

W3C is pleased to announce the launch of phase two of the Semantic Web Activity. The W3C Membership approved two new Working Groups, the Best Practices and Deployment and RDF Data Access. They join the existing RDF Core and Web Ontology Working Groups and the Semantic Web Interest Group and Coordination Group. A continuation of the World Wide Web, the Semantic Web gives data precise meaning, allowing people and computers to cooperate fully. Visit the Semantic Web home page.

Off Topic

Does "What's Your Telephone Number" sound too much like "Guns of Brixton"? The music industry just might see another law suit.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Next week we host the 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. This is a major task. This 'blog may not be updated as often as normal.

Creative Commons

A while back I asked if anyone was using a Creative Commons license on their institution's Web pages. I only received one reply, so it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. For institutes, like here at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, which do not copyright many of our publications, it would make sense. Maybe some education would help. Maybe the folks could come to LPSC next year and talk to the planetary science community.

Monday, March 08, 2004


Thursday, May 20, 2004, NISO Workshop: Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge

Get the guidance you need on the growing variety of metadata standards and explore issues of interoperability. The NISO one-day workshop, Metadata Practices on the Cutting Edge, will be held in Washington, DC on Thursday, May 20, 2004. Topics in the spotlight--from both theoretical and practical perspectives--include: metadata syndication, digital archiving, metadata quality assurance, the Joint Working Party initiative on serials and subscription metadata, METS, MODS, and more.

Please check the NISO website after March 12 for program and registration details.

Frankfurt Draft Principles

The Romanian translation of the "Frankfurt Draft Principles" has been posted on the IFLA website.


Cataloging Electronic Integrating Resources reported by Betty Landesman appears in the latest NASIG Newsletter.
The ALCTS Electronic Resources Discussion Group held a managed discussion on cataloging electronic integrating resources at ALA Midwinter on January 10, 2004. Steven J. Miller of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and John Riemer of UCLA led the discussion.
If you deal with serials consider joining NASIG, the North American Serials Interest Group. Dues are a very reasonable $25.00 a year and there is an excellent conference.


My copy of What Would Dewey Do?, the latest collection of comic strips from Overdue arrived this weekend. What a person finds humorous is very personal. But if you have not yet checked out this daily comic strip you just might be missing something that would get you laughing. There is something on each couple pages that gets me laughing aloud and at worst the strip gets me smiling. My wife, a musician, also enjoys the strip, so its humor is not limited to librarians.


A Transforming Experience for Content Management? by Steve Heckler, is a good overview of XSLT 2.0. As more information is available in XML this is a good alternative to CSS.
During the past five years, XSLT (Extensible Style Sheet Language Transformation) has emerged as the “Babelfish” of the XML world, translating XML documents into other XML and text formats. XSLT combines a versatile, tag-based scripting language with XPath, a powerful language for selecting specific sections or data within XML documents. The advent of XSLT 2.0 could mean even more power and capability for XML-based content management systems.