Friday, December 10, 2004


Knowing where they're going: statistics for online government document access through the OPAC by Christopher Brown appears in Online Information Review (2004) v. 28, no. 6 pp. 396-409
While documents librarians are generally familiar with document usage through their circulation statistics, they have no idea of how publications are being accessed online. The University of Denver has developed a system for tracking online document access. By redirecting every URL in their OPAC for federal documents first to a ColdFusion database, recording the URL, and then sending the user to the online document, they were able to track each access to online documents. Then, importing these statistics into an Access database, they were able to provide an analysis by agency, date of document, and other features. This article presents the results of one year of tracking access through the University of Denver library OPAC.

Authorty Tool

a.k.a. (also known as) lists author pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, pen names, noms de plume, maiden names... etc. As of 06/05/04 it included 11,516 entries (4,142 'real' + 7,374 'pseudo').

Thursday, December 09, 2004


The metadataLibrarians e-mail lilst may be of intrest to some folks.
This listserv is intended for Metadata Librarians, Digital Librarians, Metadata Architects, Information Architects, and other professionals working in cultural heritage institutions and the information sciences.

This list is geared toward discussing qualitative issues central to the metadata and digital library world. Discussions on popular metadata standards such as EAD, METS, MODS, MARCXML, DC, OAI, etc., will be prominent. The list also serves as a forum for discussing workflow issues in our respective insititutions, as well as a meeting place for collaborating.

Some technical discussion is certainly welcomed. Because metadata professionals come from all disciplines and technical backgrounds, though, we prefer to keep the discussion fairly non-technical. Heavy technical discussions regarding metadata and digital libraries can be found on XML4LIB, CODE4LIB, diglib, SYSLIB, etc.

Not very much traffic, yet.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


The draft schedule 741.5 Cartoons, caricatures, comics, graphic novels, fotonovelas is now available on the Dewey web site. Interested libraries are invited to test all or parts of the draft schedule and send comments before the schedule is finally approved for implementation. Please send comments and suggestions by March 31, 2005, to Julianne Beall, assistant editor, DDC,

Tag of the Month

The MARC Tag of the Month at Follett for December is a sample record for Continuing Resource -- Serial (Periodical).

Monday, December 06, 2004 Citations

Amazon seems to be getting into the citation linking game. Citations is a program that helps customers discover books related to the ones they're interested in. Amazon scans every book in the Search Inside the Book program looking for phrases that match the names of books in our catalog. We make a note of these "citations" and display them to you in one of two ways.

If a book cites two other books, we show you which two books it cites, and link to the pages in the book where the citations appear. If a book is cited by two other books, we show you which two books cite it, and link to the pages in those books where the citations appear. Please note that Citations is not a comprehensive list of all existing citations. For example, an author may cite a book using a slightly different form of its name from that which appears in our catalog, or a title may be mentioned in a book not yet part of the Search Inside the Book program. In such cases, we will not find a match.

Digitization Blog

A new 'blog that may be of interest to some readers, digitizationblog
digitizationblog focuses on digitization and related activities in libraries, archives, and museums, and is a source of news relevent to people who manage and implement digitization projects. Postings about new technologies and tools (particularly software), developments in metadata, and government or consortial initiaves are welcome, as are pointers to new and innovative collections of digitized and born-digital material. Even though there are several excellent sources of digitization news such as the DigiCULT Newsletter and RLG DigiNews (and this blog certainly isn’t intended to replace them), there is a lack of space on the web where implementors can share ideas and useful pointers. digitizationblog is intended to fill part of this gap.

Title Notes

The OLAC Cataloging Policy Committee Subcommittee on Source of Title Note for Internet Resources has been working on a substantial revision of the online document of the same name. The original Version 1 document is located at on the OLAC Web site. Please send comments to Susan Leister at


Using FRBR by Knut Hegna appears in HEP Libraries Webzine Issue 10 (2004).
This article presents a possible user interface based on bibliographic data entered according to the FRBR conceptual model.

The main ideas are inspired by the old card catalogue which included a structure in the filing system which was lost in the process of computerization of the catalogues. When pulling out a drawer in the card catalogue you were made aware of the structure by the guide cards, the filing logic and the relations represented by see and see also references.