Friday, January 07, 2005

OPAC Display

Anyone have a resource that shows how the MARC fields should display in an OPAC? Our computer center is writing code for an on-line version of our OPAC. They would like some examples or standards to check out. The ISBD books lack the MARC coding.

IFLA Cataloguing Section

The January 2005 issue of SCATNews : Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section is now available.

Partial Contents:

  • IFLA Meeting of Experts on an International Cataloguing Code News
  • ISBDs in all languages
  • News from the ISBD Review Group
  • News from the FRBR Review Group
  • Revision of the ISBN standard
  • News from the Library of Congress


The paper Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata by Adam Mathes written for a LIS class has created quite a buzz on /.
This paper examines user-generated metadata as implemented and applied in two web services designed to share and organize digital media to better understand grassroots classification.... This paper examines a third approach: user-created metadata, where users of the documents and media create metadata for their own individual use that is also shared throughout a community.
The topic is interesting and worthy of reflection and study.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Open Archives In a Box

Open Archives In a Box (OAIB) is an older tool, but I've just seen it for the first time. Place this in from of a RDBMS and you have an OAI server. Too cool. I've seen the one to use in front of a Z39.50 server, ZMARCO, this one has a much wider audience.
OAIB is designed to make it easy to set up an Open Archives server to provide metadata based on the contents of a relational database such as Access, Oracle, or MySQL. This will enable data providers who have data in relational databases to make their data accessible to the growing world of OAI-compliant tools such as harvesters, union catalogs, and metadata processors.

OAIB is easy to use because it provides a convenient configuration wizard enabling most OAIB features to be controlled without requiring programming. The configuration wizard generates an XML-based configuration file used by the OAIB server (example). The configuration specifies how to access the database and how to translate OAI "verbs" into SQL queries, and also how to transform responses to SQL queries into metadata records to be delivered to the OAI client. The process of configuring OAIB is much simpler than writing code to manage client interactions and translate queries and responses into the appropriate formats.


I just noticed Konfabulator is now available for Windows. I'll have to download this and play with it a bit when I get some time. In their gallery of widgets there are none that are library apps. Some are pretty close, search Amazon, search IMDB, search Project Gutenberg, for example. How about getting some up there like search RedLightGreen, search WorldCat on Google, search LC. I could use one to search the LC authority file.
Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

What sets Konfabulator apart from other scripting applications is that it takes full advantage of today's advanced graphics. This allows Widgets to blend fluidly into your desktop without the constraints of traditional window borders. Toss in some sliding and fading, and these little guys are right at home in Windows XP and Mac OS X.

The format for these Widgets is completely open and easy to learn so creating your own Widgets is an extremely easy task.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records.The new codes will be added to the online MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions. The new codes should not be used in exchange records until after March 5, 2005. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers with time to include the newly defined code in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where the code is used.

MARC Term, Name, Title Sources Additions:

  • waqaf - Maknas Uloom Al Waqaf (Kuwait: Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation) (subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information records in fields 600-651, 655-658 and field 040, subfield $f (Cataloging Source / Subject heading/thesaurus conventions) in Authority records)
  • natgaz - National Gazetteer (Reston, VA: GNIS (Field 042 - Authentication Code)
  • natgazfid - National Gazetteer (Reston, VA: GNIS (Field 042 - Authentication Code)


Version 2.2.0 of Koha has been released.
Koha is the 1st Open-Source Integrated Library System. Released at first in New zealand, in 2000 januaray, it is maintained by a team of volunteers from around the globe, the Koha system is a full catalogue, opac, circulation and acquisitions system.

Koha 2.2 is more than 247 000 lines of code, developped by more than 30 differents developpers (excluding translators).

With the 2.2 version, Koha is now a mature product, with a lot of nice features. It's used in more than 50 libraries, from all kinds (public, schools, search, religious...), of all size (from 1 to 8 branches, from 1000 to 300 000 items).

Frankfurt Principles

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

Will Eisner

Will Eisner has passed away. During his life he was responsible for much of the art in sequential art (comic books). Aside from creating some outstanding examples in the genre, he also thought and wrote important works on the subject. Comics & Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling are both classics. He will be missed.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Follett's Tag of the Month

This month's tag is MARC Record Sample -- Author Main Entry with Uniform Title. I'd like to see those 650 as 655, the book is a fantasy not about fantasy.


The latest issue of Info Career Trends is now available.

Contents (Next Generation Librarianship):

  • Career Q&A From the Library Career People (choosing a specialty, career advice for high school student)
  • Management Experience Through the Back Door
  • Musings of a Nextgen Librarian
  • No Fear: How to Build Bridges With Next Generation Librarians
  • Career Advancement For Nextgen Librarians
  • Building Professional Bonds: ISU's New Librarians Interest Group
  • What's Online? Recommended Resources
  • But I Want To Hold It In My Hand! Review: The Branch Librarians' Handbook

OLAC Newsletter

The December 2004 issue of the OLAC Newsletter is now online. Sectioned or Full.

Project Gutenberg MARC Records

pamplemousse writes "I haven't seen this announced anywhere, except on the PG lists, but Project Gutenberg now makes available a complete catalog of their archive, in machine-readable formats. Publicly, they have an RDF/XML version available ... but there is also a MARC21 format available as .zip file or bz2 file (Disclaimer: I know this because I wrote the conversion from RDF to MARC.) The intention is to provide a MARC file which libraries may use to add records to their catalogs for PG titles. What's needed now is for experienced and knowledgeable cataloguers to cast an eye over the result, and provide feedback."

Seen on LISNews. An easy way to make e-books available through your catalog. Not very clean records, nor a clean translation from the XML. For example, subjects are all in subfield a with the -- seperating the elements. As a group effort this could become a valuable resource.