Friday, December 22, 2006


BitTorrent is often seen as nothing more than a tool for stealing copy-protected material. In reality, P2P networking is a powerful tool for moving large files. Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox have already agreed to use it to distribute content. Now the BBC will also be using BitTorrent. Would it make sense for libraries to offer torrents of our digital files? This is a tool our patrons are using.


I have a new favorite/default search tool, SearchMash. AJAX, no ads, clean, offers weblog, videos, Wikepedia, and images off to the right.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Normas y Formatos Bibliogr√°ficos

OCLC's Bibliographic Formats and Standards, (Normas y Formatos Bibliograficos) is now available in Spanish for the first five chapters.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

New Cataloging and Acquisitions Web site at LC

An announcement from LC:
During the first week of January 2007, the Library of Congress will launch a new Cataloging and Acquisitions Web site, illustrated below, which will provide a single source for all cataloging and acquisitions-related material available from the Library of Congress. This new Web site will replace the current Cataloging, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, and Acquisitions Web sites, and will also include links to cataloging and acquisitions-related material on other Web sites maintained by the Library, such as the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, MARC Standards, Cataloging Distribution Service, etc. When the new site is launched, users who have bookmarked the former sites will automatically be redirected to the new Cataloging and Acquisitions home page. All material available on the three current sites will be accessible via this new home page.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Updates to DCMI Terms and RDF Schemas

The DCMI Usage Board has completed an editorial revision of terms in the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, bringing definitions and usage comments into line with the DCMI Abstract Model. Documentation is available in revised Web pages, RDF schemas, and in a response to comments received during the Public Comment period.

Libtypos Archive

The Libtypos Archive is using a wiki to manage the resource.


News from AUTOCAT
AUTOCAT is about to have a have a new home: Syracuse University (in Syracuse, NY). Syracuse has long experience in running LISTSERV lists and I know that they will be doing everything possible to make the transfer as easy and transparent as possible. The subscription list will be transferred from Buffalo to Syracuse so you will NOT have to resubscribe.
If your feelings about how this list was run prevented you from subscribing in the past, give this another chance. There are new list managers.

Inheritance in FRBR

Modeling Our Understanding, Understanding Our Models: The Case of Inheritance in FRBR by Allen H. Renear and Yunseon Choi appaers in Grove, Andrew, Eds. Proceedings 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 43, Austin, TX (US).
IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) presents a compelling and influential model of the 'bibliographic universe.' However there are interesting variations between FRBR's formal model and the narrative expositions of FRBR's authors and explicators - that is, between the formal model and the framework as more broadly understood by the FRBR community. In this paper we argue that despite a widespread belief to the contrary, attribute inheritance down the 'hierarchy' of Group 1 entities is inconsistent both with the formal model and with the general spirit of the project. We believe these observations reveal an ongoing uncertainty about the nature of bibliographic entities as well as difficulties in maintaining a clear and exact understanding of the models we are using to represent those entities - even when those models are our own creation.