Friday, June 16, 2006

European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL)

Volume 2, Issue 2 of the IEEE TCDL Bulletin is now available. Some papers are:
  • Visualization and Classification of Documents: A New Probabilistic Model to Automated Text Classification by Giorgio Maria Di Nunzio
  • Using Controlled Vocabularies in Automated Subject Classification of Textual Web Pages, in the Context of Browsing by Koraljka Golub
  • Finding and Using Strategies for Search Situations in Digital Libraries by Sascha Kriewel
  • Actual Use of Learning Objects and Metadata: An Empirical Analysis by Jehad Najjar and Erik Duval
  • Agents and Ontologies working together to Federate Digital Libraries By Francisco J. Rodríguez Martínez

OCLC's Connexion

Connexion client 1.60 is now available.

With client 1.60, you can:
  • Catalog electronic resources using new tools.
  • Use the MARC Update functionality described in Technical Bulletin 252.
  • Specify fields to delete in exported records.
  • Determine if local holdings are attached to records and launch local holdings maintenance in the Connexion browser.
  • Plus a lot more!
See the Connexion Client Recent Enhancements page for more information and to download the software.

The Connexion client Help and documentation has now been completely updated with 1.60 information. Please go to the main client documentation page to see the latest client documentation in the Authorities, Basics, Cataloging and Getting Started areas.

In addition, a new Connexion Client Quick Reference is now available online. This 16-page quick reference will also be available shortly in printed form. Watch for a separate announcement of the availability of the printed version of this new quick reference.

Adapted from their e-mail message.

Search/Retrieve via URL (SRU)

The proposal for CQL bibliographic searching is now available for review.

This proposal will serve as the basis for further work, resulting in a bibliographic context set and two profiles. After the working group has developed final proposals there will again be a period of public review.

At this stage, comments on the proposal are solicited. Please comment by July 15.
CQL is a formal language for representing queries to information retrieval systems such as web indexes, bibliographic catalogs and museum collection information. The design objective is that queries be human readable and writable, and that the language be intuitive while maintaining the expressiveness of more complex languages.

Traditionally, query languages have fallen into two camps: Powerful, expressive languages, not easily readable nor writable by non-experts (e.g. SQL, PQF, and XQuery);or simple and intuitive languages not powerful enough to express complex concepts (e.g. CCL and google). CQL tries to combine simplicity and intuitiveness of expression for simple, every day queries, with the richness of more expressive languages to accommodate complex concepts when necessary.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


The spring 2006 issue of CONSERline: newsletter of the CONSER Program is now available.

Map Cataloging Workshops in California

The California Library Association: Access, Collections and Technical Services Section and the Northern and Southern California Technical Processes Groups are pleased to sponsor two all-day map cataloging workshops taught by Paige Andrew, a nationally well-known and published faculty map cataloger from Pennsylvania State University.

July 11, 2006 (University of California, Los Angeles) or July 13, 2006 (University of California, Davis)

This introductory workshop will help get you started in cataloging maps and can serve as a starting point for cataloging other cartographic materials. Take your basic knowledge of cataloging and learn where maps and other cartographic materials differ.

The skills to be taught include title selection, how to correctly measure a map, scale calculation and how to record other mathematical data correctly, and the notes specifically required for cartographic materials.

Emphasis will be on sheet maps, with some discussion of atlases.

Target audience: Technical services staff with some cataloging experience and knowledge of AACR2, MARC and OCLC cataloging interfaces.

Mr. Paige G. Andrew is Maps Cataloging Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. He is an active participant in the NACO and SACO programs, helping to create new name and subject headings for the Library of Congress' Name Authority File.

Paige's scholarly pursuits include publishing in the area of his specialty, cataloging sheet maps, including several articles and a "how-to" book titled Cataloging Sheet Maps, The Basics. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: advances in geospatial information, collections & archives.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
University of California, Los Angeles
Charles E. Young Research Library, Library Conference Center

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Thursday, July 13th, 2006
University of California , Davis
Shields Library, Library Instruction Lab

To enroll or for more information, please visit the following sites:The class size is limited to 25 participants. Please register early to secure your spot!