Friday, July 29, 2005


The DeweyBrowser has seem plenty of virtual ink, but it is so intriguing I'm also going to post about it.
The OCLC Research DeweyBrowser enables you to search and browse collections of library resources organized by the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The DeweyBrowser presents search results at three levels, the main summaries. These three summaries correspond to the main structure of Dewey and provide a broad overview of the scheme. The interface provides the option of displaying the summaries in several languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, and Swedish.

Global Information Locator Service (GILS)

GILS could soon get the boot: Feds have proposed dropping little-used search standard by Aliya Sternstein discusses the possible demise of this metadata schema. This standard is Z39.50 compliant. I don't understand why it is having such problems. It seemed to fill a necessary niche. I liked it much better than the MARC Community Information format, which was for similar information.

Seen on Resourceshelf.

Functional Requirements for Authority Records (FRAR)

The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records has announced that a draft of Functional Requirements for Authority Records is now available for worldwide review. The draft in English and French. Comments should be sent by October 28, 2005 to:

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Resource Description and Access Prospectus

The prospectus for RDA: Resource Description and Access is now available.

Metadata Object Description Schema Update

The revised MODS schema version 3.1 is now available. The Outline of elements and attributes also reflects version 3.1.

FRBR Paper

FRBR: Coming Soon to Your Library? by Bowen, Jennifer is available. It was published in Library Resources & Technical Services 49, no. 3: 175-188.
The FRBR data model holds great potential for improving access to library resources, but may not affect all libraries in the same way. The Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, assisted by the work of the its Format Variation Working Group, is exploring ways to incorporate FRBR into the next edition of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules to facilitate collocation at the level of the FRBR entity expression. Several library system vendors are also adding FRBR-based functionality to their systems. A combination of these two approaches to FRBR can provide significant benefits to users. Most FRBR entities and attributes are already present in library catalog records, and the influence of FRBR can also be seen in existing library activities. FRBR is thus not something totally foreign, but a fresh, more rigorous way of thinking about what libraries already do that provides a basis for designing new ways to improve users’ access to library resources.
It was originally presented at the American Library Association Preconference, "Back to the Future", sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, June 25, 2004, Orlando, Florida.

Comic Book

Rex Libris, a new comic book about a librarian sounds fun.
With the innovation of the teleportation crystal in 1921 by Litteratus Magi Rex Libris, a whole new era in lending opened up: interstellar book loans became possible. By 1960, over ten thousand volumes of extraterrestrial origin had been collected and stored at the Middleton Book Repository, a ceramic encased bunker deep beneath the Middleton Public Library. It remains one of the most important reference collections of xenognomic material, and is often used by the Pentagon during alien invasions. Middleton library staff, led by Head Librarian Rex Libris, used information from the interstellar collection to repel an attack by the malevolent Sl'uklu'uhk (hideous, giant space molluscs from beyond Pluto) in 1967, although little information on this event has ever been released to the public.
I'm adding this to my list at the local comic shop.

Inherently Legal Subject Headings (ILSH) Project

The Inherently Legal Subject Headings (ILSH) Project is a group adding SEE references to LC subject headings.
The purpose of the Project is to submit to LC proposals for adding "See" references (4XX [Heading] - Law and legislation) to subject authority records of potentially ambiguous legal headings. Adding the "See" references will clarify the inherently legal status of the headings, and will decrease at least some of the misuses of "Law and legislation" in our shared bibliographic databases.
They provide a e-mail address to comment, or inquire about participating.

Thanks Eric for letting me know about this.

Mandarin M3 ILS Software

Here is an option for small libraries who want to automate Mandarin M3. The software is free. The company does offer optional support for a fee. This looks a lot like some open source business models. Linux is free but you can purchase it from Red Hat with support and additional features. The Koha ILS is free but now there is a company offering support for a fee. Mandarin is not open source, as far as I can see, but their business model is moving that direction.