Friday, November 03, 2006

Ariadne Cataloging Papers

Some cataloging articles in the latest issue of Ariadne.
  • RDA: A New International Standard Ann Chapman describes work on the new cataloguing code, Resource Description and Access (RDA), based on the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR).
  • DC 2006: Metadata for Knowledge and Learning Julie Allinson, Rachel Heery, Pete Johnston and Rosemary Russell report on DC 2006, the sixth international conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, held 3 - 6 October 2006.
  • Immaculate Catalogues, Indexes and Monsters Too David E. Bennett reports on the three day residential CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, during September 2006.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Photo Album of Library Events

Here is a PR idea that may be useful when your institution hosts an event. Create a template in MS Photo Story, or a similar product for the MAC. Select the music, have some photos and title and ending shots already in place. Then let the participants drop in their certain number of photos. The transitions between photos, and basic framework would already be done, they could quickly walk out with a nice personalized slide show. This would work with cosplay, gaming night, or a visit by Tony Hawke.

At the TLA District 8 Fall Meeting I heard a talk by Mary J. McCoy on Windows Movie Maker and Photo Story and this idea came to me later.

The Librarian Graphic Novel

Another librarian in comics, this time The Librarian, from the made-for-TV movie, Return to King Solomon's Mines

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Drupalib is a site dedicated to using Drupal in libraries. Among the interesting items is using Drupal for a Digital Library Content Management System, D-Space lite as it were.


OpenFRBR is a open-source tool built using Ruby on Rails and using MySQL to FRBRize bibliographic records. Not sure just what it does. here is the set of goals:
  • OpenFRBR says it will build a complete free implementation of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records).
  • OpenFRBR says, "Everyone FRBRize everything."
  • OpenFRBR says that the entities, the relationships, and the user tasks are all equally important.
  • OpenFRBR says that both people and machines need good interfaces.
  • OpenFRBR says it will borrow the algorithms it can and invent the ones it must.
  • OpenFRBR says it is not an integrated library system. OpenFRBR says, "That which is not FRBR belongs to that which is not OpenFRBR."
  • OpenFRBR says it is under the MIT License.
  • OpenFRBR looks at FRAR (Functional Requirements for Authority Records) and says, "Everyone FRARize everything." When FRSAR (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records) is ready, OpenFRBR will look at it and say, "Everyone FRSARize everything." Everything that OpenFRBR says about FRBR it says about FRAR and FRSAR.
Seen on the FRBR weblog.


Building a Better Classification System: A Case Study. Association of Records Managers and Administrators International (ARMA), San Antonio, Texas.
In 1996 the University of Calgary developed a classification system using functional analysis. Ten years later, this system has proven that functional analysis works and that these types of systems must continue to be responsive to changes in the organization. This case study gives an overview of functional analysis in general, and how the process applied to the creation of the University Classification System (UCLASS). It also will describe how the classification system was rolled out to the university and how functional analysis can be applied to any organization.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

OCLC Interim Support for ISBN 13

OCLC has a new announcement on their treatment on ISBN-13 numbers. It is not the same as the current cataloging guidelines. "For original records, OCLC libraries should input ISBN-13 numbers into an EAN field (024, first indicator '3') rather than inputting into the ISBN field (020)." How does this impact searching, not only in OCLC but in the systems these records are downloaded into? What fields should a Z39.50 client search in an ISBN search? I'm very interrested in this topic since I'll be presenting on this at the Texas Library Association conference.

Frederick G. Kilgour

Don't forget to tune in to the Kilgour Celebration of Life service The service will take place Tuesday, October 31 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., EST

The OCLC Board of Trustees invites you to view a live webcast of a Celebration of Life Service for Frederick G. Kilgour, the founder of OCLC who died July 31, 2006. Copied from the e-mail OCLC Abstracts

Dublin Core and Social Tagging

A new Dublin Core Metadata Initiative group, the DCMI Social Tagging Community.
The DCMI Social Tagging Community is for those who are interested in investigating how the increasingly common practice of informally tagging resources, known as a process of social tagging, can contribute to the goals of the DCMI. It is clear that there is a lot of work being done that might, if slightly formalised, contribute to the quantum of DC metadata in useful ways. It is also of interest to see how tagging can point to terms that are in common use that may be of interest to those developing ontologies, thesauri and controlled vocabularies. There may be other aspects of the practice of tagging that can contribute in some way to DCMI activities.

It is not clear how tagging relates to the activities and practices of the Dublin Core general community, or how tags relate to other metadata, but these are considered interesting questions worthy of discussion.

Monday, October 30, 2006

TEKSLink Project

I've agreed to be a coordinator for the Music area of the TEKSLink Project.
The purpose of the TEKSLink Project is to provide a tangible link between the materials located in the library media center and the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards used in the classroom.

The principle behind TEKSLink is simple: materials are accessed through subject headings in the automated catalog. Books about rain can be looked up by typing "rain" into a subject search. The drawback to this method is that the teacher might not think of all the subjects related to a certain TEKS standard when he or she is ready to teach it, and looking up each subject heading is tedious.

TEKSLink provides the link between the standards and subject headings. By amending the authority record of the library catalog, a teacher can search by TEKS in the catalog, and the resulting materials are available in his or her campus library.

Any school librarians in Texas should load the authority records for the Elementary Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies areas. Your catalog must be able to use authority records. More details in an article by Walter Betts in the Texas Library Journal (Summer, 2004).