Friday, June 09, 2006

Time Off

I'll be spending a few days in Austin. There may not be any postings until the end of the week.

BlogBridge: Library

BlogBridge: Library is a soon-to-be-released product that looks interesting. It is a tool for organizing and presenting RSS feeds. This might be a good way to provide access to news for specialized groups we serve. One for the genealogy folks, another for the bird watchers, another for the anime crowd. For each resource it provides a thumbnail of the page, link, RSS, and an OPML file for the group.
Here is a crucial point that many people will miss but is critical to understand BBL: BlogBridge:Library is a piece of software that you can install on your own server, inside your firewall. It's not the content of the library (the books,) it's the software to organize the library (the building.)

BlogBridge:Library (BBL) creates a flexible web based structure to showcase Feeds, Reading Lists and Podcasts to employees in your company, or members of your organization. It will be the 'store' where users can browse and search for recommendations of content to read with their Aggregators. And, here's the important point: these are recommendations by people in your organization for people in your organization.

P.S. Thurs. June 15. BBL is written with PHP and uses MYSQL, mainstream requirements. They will package it with installation instructions so that any basically skilled web master should be able to install it. Pricing not yet determined.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Use of Subject Authority Data Survey

Research is being done on the Use of Subject Authority Data. The ultimate goal of the study is to develop benchmark recommendations for the functional requirements for subject authority records, within the framework developed by the IFLA Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) final report.

There is a short survey to collect the data.

Evergreen ILS Beta Release

The Evergreen software development team has announced the Evergreen ILS Beta release. Evergreen is an open-source ILS being developed by the Georgia Public Library Service for PINES, a consortium of over 250 public libraries. The Evergreen ILS is scheduled to go into production in PINES this fall.

Their blog gives more for information on the Evergreen public demo server and where to download the software.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Metadata Object Description Schema

LC has prepared a proposal for support of holdings information within a MODS record.

Flamenco Search Interface Project

Karen G. Schneider in an e-mail mentioned the tool, Flamenco.
The Flamenco search interface framework has the primary design goal of allowing users to move through large information spaces in a flexible manner without feeling lost. A key property of the interface is the explicit exposure of category metadata, to guide the user toward possible choices, and to organize the results of keyword searches. The interface uses hierarchical faceted metadata in a manner that allows users to both refine and expand the current query, while maintaining a consistent representation of the collection's structure. This use of metadata is integrated with free-text search, allowing the user to follow links, then add search terms, then follow more links, without interrupting the interaction flow.

FLAMENCO stands for FLexible information Access using MEtadata in Novel COmbinations.

Open source. Now if we could get classification schedules in a structured format to load wouldn't that be sweet. How about loading the subject authorities and linking from the terms to the records using those terms? Seems like an SRU string could easily be created on the fly from any term chosen. That way all the cross references and hierarchy present could be exploited. The user would never even need to know they were in a separate database.

MARBI Meeting Minutes

The 2006 Midwinter MARBI Meeting minutes are now available online.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

NGC4Lib -- Next Generation Catalogs for Libraries

A mailing list has been created called NGC4Lib -- Next Generation Catalogs for Libraries.

NGC4Lib is open to anybody in the world, and its purpose is to discuss things including but not limited to:
  • Who are the primary intended audiences for a library's "card catalog"
  • Considering the changing nature of information access in an Internet environment, how is an electronic "card catalog" of today different from the one designed ten or fifteen years ago?
  • What kind of content should these "card catalogs" contain?
  • To what degree are these things "catalogs" (as in inventory lists), and to what degree are they finding aids?
  • To what degree should traditional cataloging practices be used in such a thing, or to what degree should new and upcoming practices such as FRBR be exploited?
  • How would such a thing get created and by whom?
  • What are some of the functionalities of "next generation" catalog?
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OAI Static Repository Help

I've created an OAI Static Repository for my institution's publications. However, it is not quite correct. I've looked at it and can't seem to find the error. Anyone willing to take a look and see where I've left off the " or > or whatever? Getting this up is a big deal, I've been fighting for a year now to get this OKed. Now that it is up, the LANL static repository gateway rejects it. Thanks.

P.S. A short time later: I'd neglected to include the name spaces. Problem solved. It amazes me just how much I can miss by looking at something too long and hard.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Podcast Metadata Tool

Greg Schwartz, of Open Stacks fame, in his Sirsi/Dynix Institute talk mentioned a very nice tool for creating metadata for podcasts, the Poderator. It builds both the itunes and standard metadata for your feed.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials)

The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section presents a draft of DCRM(S): Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials) for public review. The DCRM modules include a revision of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, 2nd ed., 1991 and extensions into non-monograph materials. DCRM(S) has been some years in the making. There will be a public hearing at the ALA meeting on Saturday, 24 June 2006. Deadline for written comments is 31 August 2006.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Off Topic

This is a message for folks I know who read this weblog. Cora had foot surgery Thursday and is restricted to bed until Tuesday, at least. That is a very long time for her. I know she would like to get a call from folks. Thanks.