Saturday, April 24, 2004


Interesting, oai-mod. Could expose a lot of valuable content, but it could also pollute the OAI service with lots of junk. The harvesting would have to be done very carefully.
The aim of the project is to create the mod_oai Apache software module that will expose content accessible from Apache Web servers via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Apache is an open-source Web server that is used by 63% - approximately 27 million - of the Websites in the world. The OAI-PMH is a protocol to selectively harvest from data repositories. The protocol has had a considerable impact in the field of digital libraries but it has yet to be embraced by the general Web community. The mod_oai project hopes to achieve such broader acceptance by making the power and efficiency of the OAI-PMH available to Web servers and Web crawlers. For example, the planned OAI-PMH interface to Apache Web servers should allow responding to requests to collect all files added or changed since a specified date, or all files that are of a specified MIME-type.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Copy Cataloging Guidelines

A new ALCTS publication entitled Differences Between, Changes Within: Guidelines on When to Create a New Record has just been published. The Task Force on an Appendix of Major and Minor changes authored this document under the direction of the ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA). It was originally intended as an appendix to AACR2, but evolved into a standalone document that supplements the descriptive cataloging rules.

The document provides guidance to the cataloger who has found copy that is a close or near match to the item in hand about whether to use that copy or to create a new bibliographic record. General guidelines are followed by specific guidelines for manifestation-level records for single part monographs, multipart monographs, integrating resources and serials. The text describes what constitutes a major difference between manifestations, requiring the creation of an original record, as well as detailing major changes within a serial manifestation that would lead to the creation of a new record. In addition, guidance is provided regarding minor changes that would not require a new bibliographic record, but might necessitate updating an existing record.

A PDF version is available free to ALCTS members. It is accessible from the ALCTS Web publications page. It will also available from the ALCTS catalog and classification page. To access this publication, ALCTS members need to login to the ALCTS Web site (the same as logging into the ALA Web site).

Printed copies are also available for purchase: $17 for ALCTS-members, $22 for ALA-members, $27 for non-members. If you wish to purchase a copy, contact Kirsten Ahlen at (800) 545-2433 ext 5037 in the ALCTS office.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Conference registration for ETD 2004 is now open! Please see the conference website for online registration and other information. The complete program is also now available on the website.

ETD 2004
7th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Distributing knowledge worldwide through better scholarly communication
June 3-5, 2004
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


A new version of MarcEdit is now available. An excellent tool just keeps getting better. Thanks to Terry Reese for providing us with such a useful tool.


The paper "Mature consideration: developing bibliographic standards and maintaining values" by Alan Danskin appears in New Library World v. 105, no 3/4.
This article considers the impact of the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), the implications of FRBR for cataloguing and the impact of FRBR on MARC and the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). The article also considers the effects of FRBR on the Paris Principles, in the context of the proposed International Cataloguing Code (ICC). It stresses the importance of maintaining a clear statement of principles and values.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Information Architecture Library

The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Information Architecture Library, an international collection of the best articles, books, blogs, guides, reports, and other resources related to the field of information architecture.

The IA Library's collection is still very much under development. We are adding new resources, particularly in languages other than English, to create a more well-rounded collection. In addition, AIfIA is actively seeking a volunteer Library Director to oversee the continued development of this important public service.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the IA Library, or if you know of a resource we should include, please send your suggestion to

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Preservation Metadata

April 2004 issue of D-Lib Magazine includes the paper: Implementing Metadata in Digital Preservation Systems: The PREMIS Activity by Brian F. Lavoie.
As cultural heritage institutions, businesses, and government agencies invest more and more resources in building collections of digital materials, the corresponding need to take steps to ensure the long-term persistence of these materials will become more acute. The development of well-understood, sustainable digital preservation strategies will require standards and best practices for the use of metadata in support of long-term preservation objectives. Attaining broad consensus on the scope and function of preservation metadata, and shaping standards and guidelines for its use through collaborative efforts, will enhance the prospects of building a network of trusted, interoperable digital repositories. The PREMIS activity, building on the work of the first OCLC/RLG preservation metadata working group, is an effort to contribute toward this goal.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004


I've just received the latest OLAC Newsletter. As always lots of informative material. If your copy has yet to arrive it is available on-line.

One article mentions all the new members. I hope I played some part in that. OLAC deserves the support of the cataloging community. In the current Library Journal Rachel Singer Gordon discusses association membership, however she seems to assume the only organization is ALA. OLAC, WAML and many other smaller organizations deserve our support and are much more affordable.

NLM Classification

The online National Library of Medicine Classification, was issued in a newly revised edition on April 19, 2004.

Six new class numbers were added to the Schedules and ninety-four MeSH terms were added to the Index, including sixty-five new to the MeSH vocabulary as of 2004; in addition, over fifty Schedule records and over three hundred index entries were updated since the 2003 revised edition was published on July 14, 2003.

Monday, April 19, 2004

SIRSI Libraries

SIRSI provides a listing of libraries using the SIRSI product. There doesn't seem to be a LibraryLookup available for their product. Is it because Unicorn is doing non-standard things or just because nobody has created one yet? Or maybe there is one available and I missed it?

Thanks Ian for the pointer.


The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium will hold its fourth annual Members' Meeting at Johns Hopkins University, October 22 and 23, 2004.

Members of the Digital Library Federation will note that the dates for the TEI members' meeting immediately precede those for the DLF Fall Forum, to be held at the Hyatt Regency, Baltimore Harbor, Maryland, October 25-27, 2004.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

National Library Week

National Library Week starts today, April 18. Thursday April 22 is International Special Librarians Day. So check out the wish list of your favorite librarian and buy them presents.