Friday, March 26, 2004

Controlled Vocabularies

Making Dictionaries with Perl by Sean M. Burke explains, step-by-step, how to generate a dictionary from a database of language information. Could easily be tweaked to generate a thesaurus.

Frankfurt Draft Principles

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

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Film Genre Terms

Thanks to Cathy Gerhart, LC has approved the term "Romantic comedy films" and added a cross reference from "Action films" to "Adventure films". Another example of someone doing something rather than just complaining about how bad LC terminology is.


Building an operational plan for PCC Contributions: A Review Model Conducted at the University of Maryland by Carlen Ruschoff was discussed at the PCC Participants' Meeting at the ALA Mid-winter Meeting in San Diego.
The proposed plan that the group designed is fairly simple. First, identify a few subject areas in which the libraries' collections are strong. Second, contribute bibliographic, name and series authority records for materials in these subject areas. And third, pull materials in these subject areas out of the routine search queue and catalog them earlier in the cataloging process.
The PCC meeting reports are also available.

Topic Maps

Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic Maps! by Lars Marius Garshol "argues that topic maps go beyond the traditional solutions in the sense that it provides a framework within which they can be represented as they are, but also extended in ways which significantly improve information retrieval."

Seen at Column Two.


The Portal Factory is an open source product from the folks at MIT.
The Portal Factory is a new platform based architecture for information products. It allows many different kinds of information systems to be deployed from a single code base. The Portal Factory Manager can manage 100's of portals across an enterprise. This results in considerable savings in maintaining portals. Each portal can take advantage of the central Web Services, such as Content Stores and Registration Services. The platform has its own development SDK that allows the end user to extend both the Web Services and the Web Component library that allows dynamic rendering of the UI. We provide templates for different types of portal ranging from Course Management to Knowledge Repositories and Grid Computing. Our architecture is .NET Web Services based and exposes its interfaces using WSDL and SOAP. We use WS-Security and other GXA standard protocols that allow easy extension.
What does this mean for MyLibrary?

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Peeps in the Library

It is that time of year, Peeps are once again on store shelves. So it is worth a look at a study of Peeps doing research.
Although scientific and health research has been conducted on Peeps, most notably that appearing on the Peep Research website, we have noted an absence of research focusing on the ability of Peeps themselves to actually do research. To address this lack, we invited a small group of Peeps to visit Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 so that we could more closely observe their research practices. This was determined to be an ideal week for the Peeps to visit the library, as Millikin University students were on spring break. The research that follows documents their visit to the library and provides some evaluative commentary on our assessment of Peeps and library usage.

IMS Vocabulary Definition Exchange

From the education folks
The IMS Vocabulary Definition Exchange (VDEX) specification defines a grammar for the exchange of value lists of various classes: collections often denoted "vocabulary". Specifically, VDEX defines a grammar for the exchange of simple machine-readable lists of values, or terms, together with information that may aid a human being in understanding the meaning or applicability of the various terms. VDEX may be used to express valid data for use in instances of IEEE LOM, IMS Metadata, IMS Learner Information Package and ADL SCORM, etc, for example. In these cases, the terms are often not human language words or phrases but more abstract tokens. VDEX can also express strictly hierarchical schemes in a compact manner while allowing for more loose networks of relationship to be expressed if required.

Monday, March 22, 2004


I've recently heard that one can add a catalog to RLIN at no cost. I can't verify this anywhere on the RLG site. I'd like to do this to increase access to our unique collection and provide a backup copy of our catalog in case of disaster. Can any reader verify this? Any other union catalogs looking for contributions?


Does anyone have access to ONIX records, other than LC? I see a good bit of discussion about being able to import ONIX records into our catalogs, but I've yet to find any publishers offering them for download.


This program looks very interesting. As metasearching becomes more common, this topic increases in importance. Wish I could be there, hope they post some abstracts or papers on-line.

The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) presents our Spring 2004 continuing education program: "Brave New PACs: The Impact of External Searches and Browser Interfaces on Catalog Access"

Friday, May 21, 2004 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library Administration Building Parma, Ohio

Speakers will include:

  • Greg Weller, Internet Systems Project Leader, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Don Yarman, OPLIN Library Systems Manager
  • Jeff Calcagno, Director, Sales and Customer Support, Syndetic Solutions,Inc.
  • Linda Cantera, Metadata Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University
If you are interested in learning about how the MARC data in your catalog interacts with external search engines, browser-like interfaces, PAC enrichment services, and other forms of metadata then mark this date on your calendar!

Registration costs:
Regular Registration = $40.00
Student Registration = $20.00 (must provide copy of current student ID)

Additional information will be posted shortly on the NOTSL website.

TLA Annual Conference

Well, the Texas Library Assoc. Annual Conference is over and I missed it. Missed hearing Ralph Nader, Jenny Levine, Roy Tennant, and so many more. I do hope they release a set of CD's in MP3 format of all the sessions, like they did last year. If anyone there saw this advertised let me know.