Friday, April 02, 2004

MARC Tag of the Month

Follett's Tag of the Month for April is MARC Record Sample -- Two Authors.

MARC & Metadata

Vol. 22, no. 1 of Library Hi Tech includes many papers of possible interest.
  • Metadata and librarianship: will MARC survive?
    Bradford Lee Eden
  • Cyril: expanding the horizons of MARC21
    Jane W Jacobs; Ed Summers; Elizabeth Ankersen
  • The MARC standard and encoded archival description
    Peter Carini; Kelcy
  • MARC to ENC MARC: bringing the collection forward
    Janet Kahkonen Smith; Roger L Cunningham; Stephen P Sarapata
  • After MARC - what then?
    Leif Andresen
  • An introduction to the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)
    Morgan V Cundiff
  • Pulling it all together: use of METS in RLG cultural materials service
    Merrilee Proffitt
  • A preliminary crosswalk from METS to IMS content packaging
    Raymond Yee; Rick Beaubien
  • An introduction to the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)
    Sally H McCallum
  • Using the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) for resource description: guidelines and applications
    Rebecca S Guenther
  • Whither HTML?
    Judith Wusteman

Metadata Quality

Metadata Quality in e-Learning: Garbage In – Garbage Out? by Sarah Currier appears on the Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability Standards (CETIS) site.
When I speak of quality assurance for metadata, I am not speaking of the quality of the specifications and standards (such as IMS Learning Resource Metadata; Dublin Core Educational Metadata; IEEE Learning Object Metadata), nor of the quality of application profiles (such as CanCore and the UK LOM Core), nor even of the quality of the vocabularies and taxonomies used to describe resources within metadata records, important though all of these are. These developments could be said to deal with the structure of the metadata, where I am concerned with the creation of the content of the metadata fields in describing learning materials. Once a metadata standard has been implemented within a system, the specified fields must be filled out with real data about real resources, and this process brings its own problems.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004


After a two year cycle of intense development efforts Koha 2.0 is now being released! Early release copies of Koha 2.0 have been deployed in libraries in France and the United States for over 6 months. With this new release, we expect Koha to be deployed in many more libraries around the world.

Koha 2.0 is a major upgrade to the Koha 1.2 system, including features like

  • a fully templated web interface
  • translation tools
  • translations into French, Chinese, and Polish
  • full integration with MARC (both UniMARC and MARC21).

FRBR Display Tool

Version 2.0 of the FRBR Display Tool is now available from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress.

In Version 2.0, the matching, sorting and display specifications have been improved to enhance the tool's display, particularly at the work level.

For a full list of changes made in Version 2.0 of the FRBR Display Tool, see the readme.txt file included in the downloadable zip file.

More information about the use and specifications for Version 2.0 may be found on the tool's website.


Version 1.10 of the Connexion client is now available for download. Changes are included for set up options, editing records, a new macro recorder, bibliographic save file and constant data, authority save file and constant data, system help, and other miscellaneous changes. Visit OCLC for more information and to download the new software at no charge.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004


We have recently finished our annual conference, LPSC. We have had an education/public outreach preconference the last several years. It occurred to me that one of my interests might be a good candidate for a preconference ePublishing. These folks all publish and want to see their work accessible and available.

Here are some possible topics

  • SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
  • OAI, the Open Archives Initiative
  • ETD, Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • ADS, The NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • ePrints
  • Creative Commons
Any other topics that I'm overlooking? Any suggestions for speakers in the greater Houston area? This is just at the beginning of an idea stage. However, I think it would be valuable to both the participants and the projects presented.

Metadata Object Description Schema

An updated MARC to MODS stylesheet is now available. In this revised stylesheet, some processor problems have been resolved. A few additions to the stylesheet's conversion to the <targetAudience> and <location> MODS elements have also been made.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Do you use AACR2 2.12-18?

A task force of ALA's Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access has been asked to examine the rules in AACR2 for cataloging of early printed materials (AACR2 2.12-2.18) and make recommendations, which will be forwarded to the Joint Steering Committee. Recommendations might include revising the rules to bring them more in line with other rare cataloging standards, or elimination of the rules altogether. The task force would therefore like to hear from those in the cataloging community who use AACR2 2.12-2.18. Please contact me at by April 5 if you use these rules, even if only occasionally, and would be willing to respond to some brief questions about your cataloging practices regarding rare materials.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Larry Creider
For the Task Force on Rules for Early Printed Monographs (AACR2 2.12-18)

Laurence S. Creider
Head, General Cataloging Unit
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Work: 505-646-4707
Fax: 505-646-7477

Posted with permission. Sent to several discussion lists.

OCLC hosts "info" URI registry

This news is a bit old, but I seem to have overlooked it.
OCLC Research has developed, and is hosting, NISO's "info" URI registry, built on an enhanced OAI-PMH 2.0 repository.

Using the registry, a namespace authority can register specific types of URIs for the public namespace(s) it controls. The recently proposed "info" URI scheme enables the URI referencing of selected categories of legacy information-asset identifiers. NISO, the Maintenance Agency for the "info" Registry, has delegated responsibility to OCLC as the Registry Operator and prototype developer.

Agencies interested in designating "info" URIs must submit proposals for approval. More information on the registration process is available on the "info" URI Web site.

Currently there are about a dozen registered. Each contains a description of the syntax and construction of the identifiers. Steven should be happy that they provide an RSS feed.