Friday, May 14, 2004

MARC Organization Codes

Over on AUTOCAT there has been a discussion of MARC organization codes generated by a question about the SACO program. Since it has been a while since I posted this, if you want to find the code for your institution check MARC Code List for Organizations. There is an on-line form if you lack a code. It does take a while to get your code, so don't wait till the last minute.

Blogger Profile

Blogger now allows us to post a profile about ourselves. I've done mine, if anyone cares. On interests, favorite books and movies, those change often by mood. But I'm not apt to go back and change the list, so that is a snapshot of the present, not true later in the day. It is interesting to see just how many folks are grouped under Museums/Libraries. Many I've never heard of.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

CIG Annual Conference and AGM 2004

The future of cataloguing: CIG Annual Conference and AGM 2004

The Cataloguing & Indexing Group Annual Conference will be held at the University of Bath, from 30th June to 2nd July. The theme of this year's conference is, "The future of cataloguing". We are currently experiencing an exciting and important period of change, in which new technologies are allied with the traditional professional disciplines to enhance the quality and scope of resource discovery for the end user. Despite this, as Keith Trickey recently argued in these pages, training of recruits to the profession appears to neglect this core skill set. These issues are reflected in the conference strands of "New and emerging standards" and "Professional Education."

Further details on the CIG Website.

Thanks again Ian.

British Library

In preparation for the implementation of an integrated library system, the British Library is making available sample BNB MARC exchange data files. These files contain non-current data which has been converted but which is representative of the data that will be produced by the BL from June 2004.

The sample data files are available on the BL's public FTP server, which can be accesed as follows:
User name: anonymous
Password: your email address

Sample data is available in MARC 21 or UKMARC format. To find the one you require, follow the appropriate directory path:

BNB in MARC 21 (5010 records)
directory: /pub/bss/sample/m21bnb
File name: bsamp21.lex
Label file: bsamp21.lbl

BNB in UKMARC (1014 records)
Directory: /pub/bss/sample/ukmbnb
File name: bnbsamp.bex
Label file: bnbsamp.lbl

I would like to draw your attention to information about BNB MARC production under our new library system, which has recently been added to our web page The British Library, MARC 21 and the Integrated Library System. Also available from this web page are fact sheets explaining changes to record content following the implementation of our new system.

Thanks Ian.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

This 'Blog

I've made some changes to this 'blog, to make it more accessible. I've replaced the fixed font-size= with the preferred descriptive terms. If this causes any problems just let me know. I don't think it looks quite as nice, but if it helps someone with poor vision that is a small price to pay. Folks getting this in RSS will not notice any difference.

Institutional Repositories

Webcast -- Institutional Repositories: Revealing Our Strengths ARL/OLMS

Cosponsored by SPARC and CARL
Thursday, June 10, 2004, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT (12 noon-1:30 p.m. Pacific)

About the Webcast

Institutional repositories (IRs) represent a rapidly growing movement in scholarly communication to collect, preserve, and provide access to the digital resources of scholarly research. This live, interactive Web presentation brings to you information about IRs and their increasing importance to scholarly communication. By providing you with direct access to hands-on experts, this Webcast gives library staff, campus faculty, and administrators an opportunity to explore this topic in a shared learning environment.

Rick Johnson, SPARC Enterprise Director, will begin this session with an introduction to the Webcast, followed by three panelists who will discuss institutional repositories' benefits, uses, and users. In addition, the panelists will address concerns and answer viewer questions as a means to begin or further discussion on campuses.


  • Susan Gibbons, Assistant Dean for Public Services & Collection Development, University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries
  • Daniel Greenstein, Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly Information, University Librarian for Systemwide Library Planning and the California Digital Library (CDL)
  • Kathleen Shearer, Research Associate, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)
Target Audience
  • College and University Faculty and Administrators
  • Librarians who want to stay current with developments in scholarly communication, particularly those who work with faculty and researchers

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2004 $150 per connection license (allows for individual or group viewing) Register online.


For more information, including registration, resources, and technology requirements, please visit the Institutional Repositories Webcast home page.

Anyone in the Houston, Texas area planning to host and welcome guests?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Building semantic bridges between museums, libraries and archives: The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model by Tony Gill
The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model is an object–oriented domain ontology for the interchange of rich and heterogeneous cultural heritage information from museums, libraries and archives. It is the evolutionary result of over two decades of collaborative international standards work by ICOM/CIDOC, the Comité International pour la Documentation of the International Council of Museums. This paper briefly explains the purpose, scope, structure and history of the CIDOC CRM, and outlines how it could be used as a building block in a global Semantic Web of culture.

Frankfurt Principles

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

This is post number 1500. I never imagined this experiment would last so long.