Friday, July 09, 2004

UBC Class

Welcome to all the students reading this because of UBC's LIBR 559G.

MARC Tag of the Month

The Follett MARC Tag of the Month for July is MARC Record Sample, Title Main Entry (Book)

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Free Dynix Institute Web Seminars

The Enduring Values of Librarianship July 14, 2004 8 AM to 9 AM Pacific

Join award-winning author Michael Gorman (ALA President 2005-2006) for an exploration of "The Enduring Values of Librarianship," a presentation based on his book, Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century, which received the 2001 Highsmith Award for the best book on librarianship.

Michael Gorman will explore the meaning of "values" and their applicability to libraries in an age of technological and societal change. He will discuss the definition of values and the way in which they can be used to obtain positive results in daily work, planning, and assessment. He will also discuss the "library as place." His analysis, based on the study of many library-related and other books and writings, led him to conclude that the eight core values of librarianship are: Stewardship, Service, Intellectual freedom, Rationalism, Literacy and learning, Equity of access, Privacy, and Democracy.

Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Easter Eggs

Just wondering, does anyone include instructions on finding Easter eggs on DVDs in their catalog records? For those who have not heard of Easter eggs, they are hidden extras. For example here are instructions to find them on Doctor Who - The Tomb of the Cybermen
  • From the Audio Options page within Special Features, press the left direction button to highlight the 'Doctor Who' logo. You can now access an audio trailer for the next transmitted story, 'The Abominable Snowmen'
  • From the top of the main menu, press the up direction button to highlight the 'Doctor Who' logo. You will access an extended title sequence
  • From the top of the main menu, press the up direction button to highlight the 'Doctor Who' logo. Now press the right direction button so that a Cyberman head symbol appears. Then press the left direction button so that the Doctor's head is circled in green. You can now access a surviving sequence of the story taken from video rather than the film prints
Tracking them all down and making sure the instructions are correct would be a burden but some users might find such information of value. The examples were taken from The Easter Egg Archive

Classification and OAI

Mathematics Subject Classification and related schemes in the OAI framework. In: Electronic Information and Communication in Mathematics: ICM 2002 International Satellite Conference, Beijing, China, August 29-31, 2002. Revised Papers / Editors: Fengshan Bai, Bernd Wegner.
This paper aims to give a feeling of the roles that discipline-oriented subject classifications can play in the Open Archive movement for the free dissemination of information in research activities. Mathematics, and Mathematics Subject Classification, will be the focuses around which we will move to discover a variety of presentation modes, protocols and tools for human and machine interoperability. The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) is intended to be the effective framework for such a play. In the first part of this paper, we start by describing the most important subject classification schemes in mathematics and related disciplines. Then we sketch the structure of discipline-oriented schemes in view of browsing and we give an account of different browsing modalities, implemented in the tools we produced and collected in The Scientific Classifications Page. Finally we give an insight on the design, implementation and use of a programming language for the generation of hypertextual presentations of complex structured data. In the second part, we list different strategies for e-print communication in scientific research, up to the basic definitions of the Open Archives Initiative. A review of the functionalities actually implemented in OAI compatible archives managed by the EPrints software will lead us to some working hypotheses about the roles that subject classifications in mathematics and related disciplines can play in the scenarios of the Open Archives movement.


Some news from Terry Reese about his MarcEdit program.
I posted a new version of MarcEdit this evening. The program includes some new utilities, some fixes to the Z39.50 client and some new crosswalks. Also worth mentioning. I'm including a MARC=>FGDC v2. crosswalk in this version. However, I haven't validated the output. The crosswalk was created as a template and I'll be finishing it up this week. In addition, I'll be posting a FGDC=>MARC and a MARC=>Dublin Core Qualified crosswalk probably by the end of this week.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Michael Doran collected some resources concerning MARC and Unicode. Coded Character Sets items include:


Enabling Metadata: Creating Core Records for Resource Discovery by Lynne C. Howarth will be presented this August to the IFLA Cataloguing Section.
The proliferation in electronic resources over the past decade has been accompanied by intense activity in the development and application of metadata schemas. Recognizing that growth, and understanding the need for some direction in the selection and use of metadata standards, the IFLA Cataloguing Section Working Group on the Use of Metadata Schemas drafted a report for Worldwide Review (2003-04), inviting comment on recommendations deriving from three objectives that formed the Working Group’s terms of reference. This paper discusses responses to the review and, based on that feedback, offers suggestions for some possible next-steps. The need for a “core record” framework requires further exploration – as a standard, as a basic set of elements for legal deposit, as the raison d’ĂȘtre for a generation of software tools that can extract and/or generate an essential metadata record.

Cataloging Bibliography

The ALCTS/CCS Research and Publications Committee has recently released its annual annotated bibliography of cataloging and classification literature. This year's update includes a new essay on federated search engines. The bibliography is available on the ALCTS web site. Essays include:
  • Authority Control: 1995-1998
  • Cataloging Personnel, Education, and Training: 1994-1998
  • Changing Roles of Professional and Paraprofessional Catalogers: 1990-2000
  • Electronic Resources: 1999-2001
  • Federated Search Engines: 2001-2003
  • Metadata Systems: 1995-2000 | 2000-2001
  • Outsourcing: 1995-1998
  • Subject Indexing and Classification: 1995-1998 | 1998-2001
  • Technological Applications in Cataloging: 1995-1999
  • Use and Contents of Catalogs and Other Databases: 1996-1997 | 1998-2001
Posted on AUTOCAT.


Syllabus Magazine for Tue., July 6, 2004 has the article Infectious Adoption by Phillip D. Long. It describes the Apache and Mod_OAI as a variation of a virus.
A novel approach to the problem has been launched, modeled after viral infections, first you make something that is targeted for a host that is widely distributed in the population; then you make it incredibly easy to transmit it symbiotically, that is, in a way that does nothing to detract from the host’s general health. It just adds a capability that some will find helpful (a positive selective advantage). If all goes well, you’ve jumpstarted dispersal of a new feature that will have staying power because it is low-cost, and high-value.