Friday, August 20, 2004


An updated MODS2MARC21 style sheet is now available.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Map Cataloging

"Retrospective Cataloging of Maps in a Small Liberal Arts College: A Case Study" by Felicity Walsh appears in Journal of Map & Geography Libraries v. 1, no. 1 (2004).
This article describes the planning, requirements and challenges faced by a Baccalaureate College Liberal Arts library performing an inhouse retrospective cataloging project of cartographic materials.


Reading the article "Chronological Terms and Period Subdivisions in LCSH, RAMEAU, and RSWK: Development of an Integrative Model for Time Retrieval across Various Online Catalogs" by Jutta Frommeyer and I couldn't agree more. Access to subject material by date is a nightmare in just LSCH never mind including other standards in the mix. Given the mix of dates, names of events and how they are treated, it is no wonder that no catalog can cope.

One solution is the 045 field. It is a standardized code. Yet, I know of no systems that make use of it. Many records records lack it, so even if a system did use it much would be missed. Do your patrons have an easy access to materials by the date of the content using the 045? Surely a simple interface could be constructed. Do you even include the 045 in your cataloging? I think using this field would be an easier solution to the problem than changing LSCH, RAMEAU and RSWK.

Information Design Models and Processes

Journal of Digital Information announces a special issue on Information Design Models and Processes (Volume 5, issue 2, August 2004). Atricles include:

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

11 Graphic Novels for Libraries

Over at Tangognat they are compiling a list of graphic novels for libraries. Here are my suggestions to add to the mix.Maybe the last item isn't a graphic novel, but it is too important to overlook.

OPAC Tutorial

Infopeople has a generic tutorial on the library catalog, The Library Catalog Tutorial: What's in It for You?

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Professional Reading

The latest issue (July 2004) of Library Resources and Technical Services has two articles that may be of interest.
  • Chronological Terms and Period Subdivisions in LCSH, RAMEAU, and RSWK: Development of an Integrative Model for Time Retrieval across Various Online Catalogs by Jutta Frommeyer
  • New Perspectives on the Shared Cataloging Environment and a MARC 21 Shopping List by Martha M. Yee
I was led to these by a posting on AUTOCAT.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Does anyone know of a tool to check a batch of ISBNs? I've found some ISBN checkers and validators that will take one ISBN and check it but how about 1000 or 10,000 run in batch mode? It would be nice to run the ISBNs in our catalog against a checker and then get a report on those that don't validate. We could then fix them or move them to subfield z. Cleaning up these in our catalogs would be improving an important access point, especially with tools like LibraryLookup. It might also help when the time came to FRBRize the catalog.

OLAC Conference

Poster presentations that will be featured at the OLAC 2004 conference.
  • Beyond Books: Blogs at the University of Minnesota
    presented by: Kristi Bergland, Mary Huismann and Stacie Traill (University of Minnesota)
  • NOAA Video Data Management System - Library Pilot Project
    presented by: Anna Fiolek / co-authors: Anna Fiolek, Janice Beattie, Dottie Anderson, Mary Lou Cumberpatch and Sheri Phillips (all are from OAA/NESDIS/NODC/NOAA Central Library)
  • Integrating 150 Years of Research @ ISU with OpenURLs
    presented by: Kate James and Sandy Roe (Illinois State University)
  • Building a "Virtual Library Collection" Through Freely-Accessible Web Sites: Select Web Sites Database at University of Vermont
    presented by: Kor Kiley and Wichada SuKantarat (Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont)
  • Digital Talking Books and Tactile Illustrations - How on Earth Would You Catalogue Them?
    presented by: Emilie Lowenberg and Ellen Katic (Union Catalogue Division, Library and Archives Canada)
  • Media Finders, Expert Search Intermediaries for the Online Catalog
    presented by: Kelley McGrath (Ball State University)
  • The SSS: a Simple, Secure Solution to Shelving Compact Discs While Retaining the Ability to Browse Jewel Cases by Library of Congress Call Numbers
    presented by: Linda Swanson (Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Concordia College (Moorhead))
  • Meeting the New Challenges of Cataloging Electronic Documents for Michigan State University's Grey Literature Project
    presented by: Allen Thunell and Lisa Robinson (Michigan State University Libraries)
  • Integrating Digital Libraries and Traditional Libraries: Two Catalogers' Experiences
    presented by: Anping Wu (Cataloging Supervisor Librarian, University of North Carolina at Wilmington) and Susannah Benedetti (Special Formats Catalog Librarian, University of North Carolina at Wilmington)


STARNet, the NATO Science, Technology and Research Network exists:
In order to cope with the vast diversity and tremendous amount of information available within the NATO community and the NATO nations, the RTA Information Management Committee (IMC) is developing a science, technology and research network (STARnet). This network brings together common information elements in terms of science, technology and overall research, by providing a virtual library with special emphasis on topics of collective international security within the NATO area of interest.
They are look for resources to include. Nominate your favorite Information Science resource.

The paper Science, Technology and Research Network (STARNET) by Walter R. Blados in the latest issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship gives more details.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Future of Cataloging

Metadata Leadership by Roy Tennant appears in Library Journal this month. As always with his articles lots to agree and disagree with.
You may not believe that our dependence on MARC alone limits our future (see "Building a New Bibliographic Infrastructure," Digital Libraries, LJ 1/04, p. 38). But you can't deny that libraries now deal with a wide variety of metadata formats.
I'll bet most libraries get along just fine right now using only MARC. I've yet to see any ONIX records or know where to get any. Never seen nor had need of a VRA Core record. Yet my library serves our patrons. That is not to say I shouldn't be aware of them and use them when the time is right, just that for most of us, right now, MARC is still fine for most institutions.
How important is this problem? There are now literally millions of useful online items that lack MARC cataloging and will likely never be cataloged in MARC. We ignore these resources at our peril. Our users will justifiably seek assistance elsewhere, as many already have.
Our users have always had other sources of information. I read the newspaper, magazines, ask friends for advice, listen to the radio, buy books, etc. The library was never the most used source for information. I think my asking friends for advice has been hurt more by Google than my library use. Now when considering a major purchase I check out on-line comments about the product rather than asking a friend or two about their experience. I'll still check out Consumer Reports at the library, but I might use the copy they provide on-line.

I do agree, however, with the main concern of the article, that catalogers should be savvy with other metadata formats than MARC. That has been the scope of this 'blog from the start. Worth reading and discussing.

LC Cataloging Newsline

The latest issue of the LC Cataloging Newsline, vol. 12, no. 9, contains a long summary of projects by the Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory Team (BEAT). Some very interesting work. There was also this announcement
The Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) has completed a draft revised Greek romanization table that will shortly be distributed for comments. As with the existing table, the revised table will also be used for Coptic until such time as a separate Coptic table becomes available.
I'm glad we don't have much in Greek.

This issue of LCCN seems to be only available in e-mail at the moment, it has yet to appear on the Web site.


RSS is finding many useful applications. RSSCalendar is a fine example. It will deliver an event listing to your newsreader. Now they have responded to a request I made and it will now display as a box in a Web site. Just look to the right and down a ways. Nice clean look and the ability to subscribe to the feed.

Might this be useful in a library setting? The ability to post events to the Web page and send them out as an RSS feed looks like a useful application. And it is simple to use, no need to know the raw RSS.