Friday, October 28, 2005


I recently started podcasting the What's New at the Lunar and Planetary Library. Before we just had the weblog and the print. Since it seemed to be working just fine, this morning I submitted it to several podcast directories. NOT ONE had a category for library.

IFLA Reports

ALCTS has made available IFLA Reports From the 2005 World Library and Information Conference, Oslo, August 14-18, 2005.
ALCTS sponsors representatives to seven sections of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions annual meeting (named World Library and Information Conference beginning in 2003): Acquisition and Collection Development, Bibliography, Cataloguing, Classification and Indexing, Knowledge Management, Preservation and Conservation, and Serial Publications. We regret that reporters were not available to to cover the Serials Section activities.


The fall 2005 issue of CONSERline, newsletter of the CONSER Program is now available.

Table of Contents

  • From the Editor
  • Access Level Record for Serials
  • Publication Patterns Meetings at ALA
  • CONSER Documentation
  • From AACR3 to RDA
  • CONSER People

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Podcasting at the LPI

Now the Lunar and Planetary Institute has a podcast. I've created an RSS feed for the audio. I'd appreciate it if you would let me know if it works OK for you. It worked just fine for me, but that is not always a valid test.

Genre/Form Headings

Over on AUTOCAT there has been discussion about form and genre headings, what to use since LC doesn't have any 155 authority records. There have been suggestions about GSAFD, AAT, using LC subject headings as the form heading also. A new, to me anyway, list of terms was the MESH Publication Types. A few of the terms are strictly medical but most have a much wider audience. There are scope notes and references, but no MARC records, as far as I could see. Have to roll your own there.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Audio - Not Quite Podcasting

There is now an MP3 version of the What's New from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Library page. I hope to be able to keep this up once a week. Since it is not distributed via RSS it can't be called podcasting, but it is a big step in that direction. Feedback welcomed.

For any techies out there, I used Audacity to record the presentation. I recorded at a high quality, then applied noise reduction, cut out pauses, shuffling of pages and other noises. I had 10 seconds of quiet at the very start to serve as a base for the noise reduction, later cut out. I then exported at a lower, Web friendly quality.

Metadata Tools and Learning Objects

A Framework for Metadata Creation Tools by Valentina Malaxa and Ian Douglas appears in the initial issue of Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects
Metadata is an increasingly important aspect of resource discovery. Good metadata has the potential to increase discovery and reuse and to facilitate interoperability of digital assets. Using the domain of learning objects, issues associated with the application of metadata standards and the challenges in metadata creation are examined. A framework for customizable metadata authoring that addresses the issues and challenges is described. The framework consists of flexible metadata schema, metadata schema views, templates, collaborative metadata editing, contextual help, and an effective interface component selection. A prototype implementation of the framework, CLOMAT (Customizable Learning Objects Metadata Authoring Tool), is used to illustrate the framework in operation. An initial evaluation of this prototype indicates substantial productivity gains over conventional metadata creation tools.
Also appearing in the same issue is Tree View Editing Learning Object Metadata by Zeynel Cebeci and Yoldas Erdogan.
This paper introduces and examines an authoring tool called as TreeLom for producing the metadata compatible to IEEE LOM draft standard. TreeLom, has been developed with MS .NET framework technology, is an application of XML binding of the LOM. Its tree view editing interface provides rapid data input in building learning object metadata.


Ranking of Authentication and Access Methods Available to the Metasearch Environment by the Standards Committee BA (Task Group 1): Access Management is now available.
This report provides an evaluation and ranking of existing authentication methods, as they could be used in a metasearch environment, and recommends metasearch-related authentication best practices in today's environment.


At last, the cataloger has appeared in Unshelved.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Radio Frequency Identification Workshop

RFID Institute: October 25-26 - Walk-ins Welcome!
NISO and the University of North Texas Center are bringing you a 2-day Institute on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). We have tapped an array of experts to examine the use of RFID in business and the library and book world; this event will inform you about the benefits and opportunities this technology offers and the standards needed to maximize performance.

In general I don't see why libraries should invest in this. Large systems maybe, they could do sorting of returns and make it pay off. Maybe drop boxes cold be locked and only open when receiving a signal from a tag. That would stop snow, kittens, and other stuff being dropped down the chute. Maybe if I went to the institute I'd drink the kool-aid and see the light.

Z39.50 Gateway

A Z39.50 Gateway Implementation by Zeljko Pajkic, Dejan Jovanovic, and Zoran Ognjanovic describes how they used mostly open source tools to construct the gateway.
An implementation of an Z39.50 server and the corresponding gateway is presented. The software enables one to retrieve data from remote databases. Its interface is web-based with user-friendly interface. Our implementation is based on free software.

Monday, October 24, 2005


XFrames W3C Working Draft 12 October 2005 would seem to be an important document to the Web development community.
XFrames is an XML application for composing documents together, replacing HTML Frames. By being a separate application from XHTML, it allows content negotiation to determine if the user agent accepts frames; by encoding the 'population' of frames in the URI, it allows framesets to be bookmarked.

Cataloging Problem

In Unshelved today Dewey faces a cataloging problem. Looks like it might be the start of a longer story line. Will we finally meet the cataloger?