Friday, March 18, 2005

Scholarly Publishing

The University of Maryland (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries are co-hosting a web cast on Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing Wednesday, April 6, 2005

The web cast will inform faculty and staff on publishing trends and explain new models likely to affect their professional communication and research.

Additional information, including instructions on how to access the web cast and a conference program, are available.

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Electronic Textual Editing is a volume of essays jointly sponsored by the Modern Language Association and the TEI Consortium, and scheduled for publication in paper form in late 2005 by the MLA. Preview versions of all individual articles in the volume, which was itself prepared in TEI XML format, are now available.


The Library of Congress has launched a Web-based learning center to promote core competency curriculum development for 21st century cataloging practitioners. The Cataloger's Learning Workshop is a cataloging and metadata training resource portal that features a discussion group (EduCat) and links to cataloging training providers and publishers, online training courses and suggested readings in bibliographic control. The Cataloger's Learning Workshop is hosted by the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) of the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Updating Bib Records

Some organizations are digitizing large collections of older materials and making them available on-line. How, if at all, are we handling updating the records in our collections given this new level of access and information? For example the NASA ADS recently made available the full-text of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory special reports. Hundreds of them. It would be nice to let our patrons know they are now there. Maybe the abstracts and TOC information could be culled from the full-text to enrich our records. However, that would be a lot of work to do on a record by record basis. Another example, the USGS has digitized most of their older circulars, bulletins, professional papers and even open file reports. There must be thousands of these. How many of our catalogs reflect this?


I had remarked a while back that I know of no publisher making their ONIX records available. I've since received two comments pointing out that some records are available. The Cambridge University Press makes them available, along with much other useful information, in their DataShop. The University of California Press has also made ONIX data available. Roy Tennant mentions in his comment he has started collecting publishers freely offering their ONIX data to the public. Such a list could be a valuable resource. This is a metadata standard we had better watch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


A new paper on AARC3, Authority control in AACR3 by Deirdre Kiorgaard and Ann Huthwaite.
Authority control is a vital component of any catalogue. Although AACR2 does provide guidance on choosing access points for bibliographic records and on formulating headings and references, until now it has neglected authority control. AACR2 does not provide information on the principles of authority control or guidance on the essential elements of an authority record.

AACR3, due for publication in 2007, offers the perfect opportunity to redress this. Explicit guidance on authority control and the construction of authority records will be included in a new Part III.

Building on the conceptual model provided in FRBR, there will be greater opportunity to expose bibliographic relationships through the use of headings for works and headings for expressions.

Grey Literature

There is a new mailing list devoted to MARC records and full-text online documents for "grey literature" (e.g., technical reports, conference proceedings, etc.). Often online versions of these documents exist, but there are no catalog records. This group will also assist librarians and researchers in locating alternative sites for full-text versions for these online resources.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Open WorldCat

OCLC has updated the tutorial about how to establish deep links to your library’s catalog with information for the Endeavor Voyager system in addition to additional details for several other library systems. You may access the updated version of the deep linking tutorial.

"Deep" linking enables users of Open WorldCat functionality to link from their search results (in Yahoo!, Google or other partner sites) to the Find in a Library interface and then directly to the item's record in your library's online catalog. If your library has not initiated deep linking, users of Open WorldCat may not find the exact record in your catalog that matches the item identified in a Web resource. Links that are set up through the OCLC FirstSearch administrative module are also active within many FirstSearch databases, enabling your users to link from records in those databases to matching records in your library’s catalog.