Friday, February 03, 2006

Microphone Suggestions?

Anyone have a suggestion for a decent inexpensive microphone to be used in podcasts?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Comic Books in Dewey

Changes have been made in Dewey concering comic books in the Feb. update.

Institutional Identifier for Serials

From the Serials e-News, NASIG Edition comes this description of the Journals Supply Chain
The British Library, HighWire Press, Ringgold Inc., Swets Information Services B.V. and HighWire-affiliated publishers have announced a pilot initiative, Journal Supply Chain. The companies have joined to explore the creation, prototype implementation and value of a common institutional identifier that can be used throughout the industry, from purchaser to end user.
I'm all for identifiers, but unless I'm missing something don't we already have the Standard Address Number (SAN) Agency? Here is how it is described
The Standard Address Number (SAN) is a unique seven-digit identifier used to signify a specific address of an organization in (or served by) the publishing industry. It is an American National Standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.43-1993.

This system, initiated and maintained by R.R. Bowker, has become THE identification code for electronic communication within the industry.

It is the method used by PUBNET, X*NET and systems and is required in all electronic data interchange communications using the Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee (BISAC) EDI formats.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


I'm getting excited. I just had my poster presentation accepted at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. It is on the NACO and SACO programs. I also have a poster at the Texas Music Educators' Association annual conference. That's on using the American Memory Project music and dance collections to tie in with the state requirements in the social science about using primary materials.

The LINK Element & a Page's PURL

I don't understand why Persistent URLs are not more common. Using the LINK element in HTML documents to indicate a page's PURL is another tool that may make them more common.
Bookmarking a page that has a PURL is difficult. The user must know about the PURL and must manually create the bookmark. It would be very nice if the user agent provided a means to bookmark the PURL instead of the real URL. To do this, the agent would need to know the PURL. While agents could figure this out while resolving a PURL, it would be much easier if each page specified its own PURL internally. This is done most easily by using the LINK element, with the 'rel' attribute set to 'purl'. What follows is an RFCish description of how user agents should deal with PURLs.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Mohican 2006: OLC Technical Services Retreat

Looks like a very good conference. I want to go.
Mohican 2006: OLC Technical Services Retreat April 25-26, 2006

2006 Ohio Library Council Technical Service Retreat
April 25-26, 2006
Mohican Resort and Conference Center
Perrysville, Ohio

Sheila Intner, Fulbright Scholar and Professor Emerita Simmons at Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will open the 2006 Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat with a keynote address focusing on cataloging in the third millennium. Speakers from the Library of Congress, OCLC, UCI Libraries, The Ohio State University, and Miami University will provide programs on cataloging standards, RDA and FRBR, public speaking for technical service librarians, office politics, value-added cataloging and many more.

Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers and learn innovative ways to face the challenges of cataloging in a digital age. Visit the OLC Web site for more information or to register.
They are extending the member price to academic and public libraries outside Ohio.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Blogging the Catalog

Library 2.0 in the Real World by Jenny Levine points to some very interesting work.
The prototype is built on the WordPress open source, blogging platform, which gives it some very interesting features. For example, every record in the catalog gets its own page, which means it has its own static, permanet link (also known as a "permalink") that can be indexed by non-library search engines such as Google and Yahoo, as well as tracking of new items in engines like Technorati. Because it's blogging software, each record also offers comments, trackbacks, and (yes, believe it) tags.

New TEI Book

The book Electronic textual editing by Lou Burnard, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, and John Unsworth is a volume of essays jointly sponsored by the Modern Language Association and the TEI Consortium. It is soon to be published in paper, but is available now on-line.