Thursday, April 08, 2004


There was a discussion on AUTOCAT about ending punctuation in the 6XX fields and someone pointed to Final and Internal Punctuation prepared by Judith Hopkins. Worth bookmarking. It covers authority records as well as the bib records. Thanks Judith for preparing this and thanks to the person who pointed to it in their note.

Have I mentioned the value of AUTOCAT for all catalogers? Even if it is a bit overwhelming for someone in or just out of school, just read and soak it in. After a while more will make sense. It is one of the more important forums we have.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Online Catalog

Those looking to get their catalog on-line might be interested in the CERN Document Server Software.
The CERN Document Server Software (CDSware) is the software developed by, maintained by, and used at, the CERN Document Server. It allows you to run your own electronic preprint server, your own online library catalogue or a document system on the web. It complies with the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH) and uses MARC 21 as its underlying bibliographic standard.


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

The two subject source codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. 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 June 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


  • kitu - Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen asiasanasto (subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information fields 600-651) [use after June 5, 2004]
  • kula - Kulttuurien tutkimuksen asiasanasto (subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information fields 600-651) [use after June 5, 2004]

Tuesday, April 06, 2004


I can't imagine ILL before OCLC. Thanks to everybdy who created and supported the system. This is just a side benefit to creating the union catalog.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of OCLC Interlibrary Loan, a system that supports more than 7,000 libraries, resource centers and document suppliers. With your participation, more than 134 million requests have been handled since 1979 -- with a record 9.2 million requests in 2003.


WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey are updated quarterly, so April means the revisions are available.
  • all updates to Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 22, through March 2004 (corrections, new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms)
  • thousands of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that have been statistically mapped to Dewey numbers from records in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and intellectually mapped by DDC editors (through LCSH Weekly List no. 16, 2003)
  • thousands of Relative Index terms and built numbers not available in print
  • links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records
  • selected mappings from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
Thanks Ian for bring this to my attention.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Cyrillic in MARC

I've just finished the article, "Cyril: expanding the horizons of MARC21" by Jane W Jacobs; Ed Summers; Elizabeth Ankersen from v. 22, no. 1 of Library Hi Tech. It explains the development of the Cyril tool to de-transliterate Russian records. Fascinating, and thanks for the tool. They end by considering the issue of multiple scripts in MARC records. How do the 880s relate to authority records? Should the transliterated title have precedence? Should all fields be repeatable but in different scripts? Well worth reading.

Sunday, April 04, 2004


I want to thank everybody who sent regards concerning my auto accident back in December. I'm now off the walker and using a cane. Physical therapy is going well. I still have a nasty clot in my leg that is causing pain. I just started on blood thinners, to help clear up that problem. I'm still only able to work part time, but I feel that if the clot goes I'll be able to put in a full day again. I was sorry to miss TLA and a several day session on XML sponsored by AMIGOS here in Houston. I'm planning to speaking on 'blogs at the TLA district conference in the Fall. I should be completely recovered by then. Thanks for all the good thoughts at a bad time.

Digital Audio

I'm hoping someone can give me a suggestion of a program that will normalize, trim and edit ID3 tags in batch mode for WMA files. Or should I convert them all to MP3Pro or Ogg Vorbis?

Speaking of metadata and sound.... It seems that radio stations are now including the type of station in their broadcast signal. The radio in my new car (old one was totaled back in Dec.) has the ability to do a search on type of station. Now not many stations seem to be doing this yet. Here in Houston I get no hits on "college stations" or many of the other catagories. I did get a hit on "jazz". There is a controlled set of terms for description. Handy when driving to another city.