Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ALA Midwinter

Here is my schedule for ALA midwinter:
  • FRBR Implementers Grp. 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • OLAC Online Audiovisual Catalogers CAPC (Cataloging and Policy Com.) 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


  • Cataloging and Classification Discussion Group 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • MARC Format Interest Group - Authorities, what's the future? 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Resource Description and Access (RDA) Open Forum 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • ALCTS Member Reception 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online Audiovisual Catalogers Membership Mtg. 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


  • Cataloging & Classification Committee 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Top Technology Trends 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Creative Ideas in Technical Services Discussion Group 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • ALCTS 50th Anniversary Com. 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Update Forum 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cataloging Costs

How much will it cost to catalog a collection? The MARC Cost Calculator may provide an answer.

Resource Description and Access

Medeiros, Norm (2005) The Future of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. OCLC Systems & Services 21(4):pp. 8-12. "This article discusses the impending update to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR) and its potential impact on libraries and other metadata communities." Short introduction to RDA.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Folksonomies Tidying up Tags? by Marieke Guy and Emma Tonkin appears in the latest D-Lib magazine.
In this article we look at what makes folksonomies work. We agree with the premise that tags are no replacement for formal systems, but we see this as being the core quality that makes folksonomy tagging so useful. We begin by looking at the issue of "sloppy tags", a problem to which critics of folksonomies are keen to allude, and ask if there are ways the folksonomy community could offset such problems and create systems that are conducive to searching, sorting and classifying. We then go on to question this "tidying up" approach and its underlying assumptions, highlighting issues surrounding removal of low-quality, redundant or nonsense metadata, and the potential risks of tidying too neatly and thereby losing the very openness that has made folksonomies so popular.

Free Tagging

Tagging for your e-mail, if you are lucky enough to use a Mac. MailTags, is a plug-in for Apple's 2.0 (Tiger) that enables you to go way beyond folder filing for organizing mail by enabling metadata tagging.

Searching the OPAC Using IM

Google Talk IM bot to search the AADL catalog describes a tool for a group to use to search the catalog.
Adding a new library is variously easy or difficult depending on whether your library system has a programmer-friendly way to display search results. At worst, I return a link to the search results, so that you can click through to the right search page. At best (for AADL) I return the search results as individual items so you can click through to a particular hit.
Emphasis mine. Why would you have a system that would not be user-friendly to programmers?