Friday, August 04, 2006

CQL Bibliographic Searching Proposal

A new draft (dated August 7) of the proposal for CQL bibliographic searching is available for review.

Congratulations to Library Stuff

Today Library Stuff is six. Quite an accomplishment. Steven Cohen set an example for library bloggers and the library blogspace is much richer because of that. Not to mention all the news he has passed on to the community over the years. Thanks Steven.

OAI-PMH and METS in the Institutional Repository

Using OAI-PMH and METS for exporting metadata and digital objects between repositories by Jonathan Bell and Stuart Lewis.
To examine the relationship between deposit of electronic theses in institutional and archival repositories. Specifically the paper considers the automated export of theses for deposit in the archival repository in continuation of the existing arrangement in Wales for paper-based theses.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Call for Trainers

LC has put out this call for trainers.


The Library of Congress and the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) are seeking trainers for a new training initiative.


In November 2000, the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium was held to bring together authorities in the cataloging and metadata communities to discuss outstanding issues involving improved discovery and access to Web resources. A resulting recommendation was the development of training and continuing education to improve bibliographic control of selected Web resources. The Cataloger's Learning Workshop (CLW) has been established as a clearinghouse portal for cataloging and metadata training. 'Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design' is one of five workshops being developed to support the goal of improving bibliographic control of Web resources. Information about CLW is available.


'Principles of Controlled Vocabuary and Thesaurus Design' is a two-day workshop intended to equip the cataloger with the fundamental concepts, rules and best practices in working with controlled vocabularies so that the cataloger may play a role in the use and development of specialized thesauri or controlled vocabularies for different projects. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to controlled vocabulary and thesaurus design
  • Types of controlled vocabularies
  • Thesaurus planning and design
  • Thesaurus construction and development
  • Hierarchical structure and relationships
  • Thesaurus display and navigation
  • Thesaurus implementation and management
A more detailed outline of the workshop is available.


The objective of the Instructor Development Seminar (IDS) is to develop trainers to deliver 'Principles of Controlled Vocabuary and Thesaurus Design' in a classroom setting. This one-day seminar will prepare participants to deliver the course material and will outline the role of the trainer in the CLW organizational framework.

The IDS for this workshop will be held Thursday September 14th at SOLINET Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop will be offered on September 12th & 13th, two days prior to the IDS. Interested instructors are encouraged to attend this offering, however a registration discount is not provided. More information about workshop registration is available.


The applicant must have the support of the home institution to participate.
Travel expenses to attend the IDS are not reimbursed by CLW. When leading a workshop, instructors will receive travel expenses (and optionally an
honorarium) from the sponsoring organization.

  • Minimum two years experience working with a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary (such as the Getty AAT, LCSH, Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, Thesaurus of Graphic Materials, or UNESCO Thesaurus)
  • Experience in the design, development, implementation or management of a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary, or substantial experience in the application of thesauri and controlled vocabularies
  • Familiarity with the ANSI/NISO Z39.19 thesaurus construction standard
  • Prior experience as a trainer in a classroom setting

If you are interested in becoming a trainer for this workshop, please complete the application below and return to Steve Shadle
( by August 11, 2006. Applicants will be notified the following week of their acceptance at the seminar and will be provided with additional details at that time. Late applications will be accepted.

Looks interesting. Hope it comes to Houston.


A new podcast (Internet "radio" program): LibVibe Each edition, approximately five minutes long, will feature a review of library news headlines. I've downloaded two shows, but have yet to listen to them.

Remember, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) library (MPOW) has a weekly show. We have just hit episode 30. It covers news about the library and scholarly communication and publishing that may be of interest to our users.


OK, my CSS skills are not up to the task, anyone out there want to look at the code for Catalogablog and help me get relative spacing rather than the fixed it now uses?


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Fred Kilgour

Fred Kilgour, OCLC's founder is no longer with us. More at It's All Good. His 90th birthday celebration is available on video.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Sharing Classification

Slavic, Aida and Cordeiro, Maria Ines (2005) Sharing and re-use of classification systems: the need for a common data model. Signum 37(8):pp. 19-24.
Classifications can help to overcome difficulties in information retrieval of heterogeneous and multilingual collections for which linguistic and free text searching is not sufficient or applicable. However, there are problems in the machine readability of classification systems which do not facilitate their wider use and full exploitation. The authors focus on issues of automation of analytico-synthetic classification systems such as Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), Bliss Bibliographic Classification (BC2) and Broad System of Ordering (BSO). 'Analytico-synthetic’ means here classification systems that offer the possibility of building compound index/search terms and that lend themselves to post-coordinate searching.
This is such a widespread problem we often just don't see it. I can't load classification records into my system like I do authority and bib records. Why is that? The LC classification schedules exist in MARC format. But they are not readly available. Nor is my system able to use them. Why is is so easy to share the other MARC fomat data but not the classification?