Friday, January 13, 2006

DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines for Cultural Heritage

Here is their announcement:
The Digital Library Federation's Aquifer Initiative is pleased to invite public review and comment on the DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Materials (pdf document about 470 kb).

The primary goal of the Digital Library Federation's Aquifer Initiative is to enable distributed content to be used effectively by libraries and scholars for teaching, learning, and research. The provision of rich, shareable metadata for this distributed content is an important step towards this goal. To this end, the Metadata Working Group of the DLF Aquifer Initiative has developed a set of implementation guidelines for the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). These guidelines are meant specifically for metadata records that are to be shared (whether by the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH) or other means) and that describe digital cultural heritage and humanities-based scholarly resources.

In order to ensure the Implementation Guidelines are useful and coherent, we are collecting comments and feedback from the wider digital library community. We appreciate any and all comments, feedback, and questions. These may be sent to The deadline for comments is February 3rd, 2006.

COinS @ the LPI

I do a weekly list of items added to the collection for the Lunar and Planetary Institute. This week I've added a couple of COinS to the page. I've also suggested to my readers that I link to the Open WorldCat page if the item is not available on-line. No such items this week. I'm not sure if having links to Open WorkdCat and on-line versions of items may be confusing. Now when a user hits a link they know they are going to the item. In the future they may wind up at another service. Confusing? Time will tell.

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources

The latest Talking With Talis interview is George Needham on OCLC's new Perceptions report and their Environmental Scan
In this 45 minute conversation, George Needham talks about the Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources report released earlier this week by OCLC, and about their 2003 Environmental Scan, which is still proving both popular and relevant.
The Talis weblog, Panlibus is also worth reading.

Cataloging News

For some news in the cataloging community and good comments check out Lorcan Dempsey's weblog Always a good read. Today he covers Rethinking how we provide bibliographic services for the University of California and the new catalog at NSCU.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

code4lib Conference Schedule

The code4lib Conference schedule is now available. Looks good. Wish I was going.

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

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 ecords. The codes will be added to the online MARC Code Lists for elators, Sources, Description Conventions.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until after March 10, 2006. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where the codes are used.

MARC Term, Name, Title Sources & Other Sources

These codes are for use in subfield $2 in Bibliographic and Community Information records in fields 600-651 and 655 and in subfield $2 in Authority records in fields 700-788. Although some of these codes are represented by second indicator values in 6XX fields in the Bibliographic format and in 7XX fields in the Authority format, they may be used in situations where the second indicator is not adequate and/or appropriate to identify the source. An example is in non-MARC records where the MARC source code list is used, e.g. the MODS authority attribute.
  • lacnaf - Library Archives Canada name authority file (Ottawa: ON: Library Archives Canada) [Equivalent to second indicator value 5 in name and title headings] [Use only after March 10, 2006]

  • nalnaf - National Agricultural Library name authority file (Beltsville, Maryland; National Agricultural Library) [Equivalent to second indicator value 3 in name and title headings] [Use only after March 10, 2006]

  • nlmnaf - National Library of Medicine name authority file (Bethesda, Maryland: National Library of Medicine) [Equivalent to second indicator value 2 in name and title headings] [Use only after March 10, 2006]

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Registration is now open for the Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) V conference, to be held June 18-21, 2006, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The theme of the conference is "Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions".

More information about the conference.

Monday, January 09, 2006


The latest issue of TechKNOW is now available. This issue includes:Joanna Fountain is a co-author on both the reviewed books.

A good issue. I don't agree with the statement "So perhaps, teens, like us, will climb the reading ladder and move on from graphic novels to serious adult fiction." in the article by Poole. The best graphic novels can be serious adult literature. And even those that are not are often fun and enjoyable. Not everything read by adults is serious and literary. The shelves are filled with romance, mystery, and fantasy that is enjoyable if not serious adult literature. Graphic novels should be just one more genre in that mix. A bit of it excellent, some good, the majority fun for those interested and some poorly done.