Friday, April 07, 2006


It looks like OCLC may be making some changes to the PURL service. The other day I found Big in Japan. It is a toolbox of Web services. Mash-up RSS feeds, RSS to e-mail, podcasting service, and elfURL among aother tools. ElfURL is a service to change a long URL into a shorter one. Much like Tiny URL. ElfURL adds the ability to tag the link. Big in Japan is worth a look. Maybe the folks at OCLC should investigate tagging the PURLs. Would that make it more acceptable to the community?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

COinS @ the LPI

I've started adding ContentObjects in Spans (COinS) to another page at the LPI, a listing of papers published by our staff. I've not heard any problems with the ones on our Recent Additions to the Catalog page and we have been using them there for several months.


'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and Visibility of Online Content by M. Moffat describes the benefits of having metadata visible on your site.
There are many advantages of exposing metadata. If you want people to be able to find your content, then exposing your metadata in standardised ways makes real sense. This is equally true for data providers with content they wish to give away freely, and also for those who wish to charge for their content or restrict access to registered users. Exposing your metadata increases the visibility and awareness of these resources, whether users are expected to pay to access the actual content or not. Increasingly, many types of data providers (small and large publishers, libraries, government agencies, professional bodies, and companies of all sorts) are providing some standard means to access their metadata.
Give this one to your administrator or IT folk.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Rare Book Terms

The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (ALA/ACRL) is pleased to announce the availability of electronic versions of their controlled vocabularies for use in rare books and special collections cataloging.

The new interface provides both standard and hierarchical views of all terms found in the six print volumes, (Binding Terms, Genre Terms, Paper Terms, Printing & Publishing Evidence, and Type Evidence) as well as changes and additions. Relator terms for use in special collections cataloging are also available.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


April 1 was the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of Apple. This Week in Tech (TWiT) has a very enjoyable interview with Bill Fernandez, Andy Hertzfeld, Daniel Kottke, Randy Wigginton, and Steve Wozniak by Leo Laporte. At a bit over 1 1/2 hours it is long, but a wonderful example of oral history.


Karen G. Schneider continues her series "How OPACs Suck" with Part 2: The Checklist of Shame. Not much to argue with there. Maybe something to add. How about stored searches with RSS feeds for results? Many of the databases I use offer that. Something I find handy. As a back-room guy, how about an API? Google, Amazon, et al. offer those.

While we are at it, maybe we should find a better word than OPAC. That is so old and archaic sounding. Like calling something an electronic computing machine, or horse-less carriage. Only thing worse are those inane acronyms like CAT-NAPS (Catalog for the Nappierville Primary Schools) with animated gifs of cats walking across the screen.

Monday, April 03, 2006

OAIster Now SRU Enabled

OAIster, OAI metadata collection for digital repositories, now has SRU functionality. The implementation has the lowest level of SRU functionality (level 0), providing keyword searching.

See the explain info, and more information about their implementation.


Yet another ISBN 13 conversion tool. This one supports conversion of a batch of numbers in an Excel file, provides a Web service, and the folks at Booksprice are giving away the source code.

Resource Description and Access

The ALA/ALCTS/SS Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Task Force for Reviewing RDA Documents has made available its final report on the Dec. 2005 draft of RDA Part I. The comments contained therein were submitted to the ALA/ALCTS/CCS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access as part of CC:DA's RDA review process.