Thursday, March 15, 2007

Koha and Google

Exciting news from LibLime, the Koha support company.
I’m excited to announce that LibLime has been selected as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.
Some of the area suggested are:
  • Creation of CDS/ISIS Migration to Koha Toolkit
  • Improve Kartouche for Koha Translation Manager
  • Improve Koha Unicode Support
  • Improve Koha Worldmap
  • Improve Koha Documentation/Online Help
  • Improve Koha Cataloging Interface
  • Improve Koha Report Wizard
  • Tool to build 'map' of shelves
  • OpenShareTags

Serials Cataloging Paper

Catalog/Cataloging Changes and Web 2.0 Functionality: New Directions for Serials by Rebecca Kemp will be published in The Serials Librarian later this year.
This article presents an overview of some of the important recent developments in cataloging theory and practice and online catalog design. Changes in cataloging theory and practice include the incorporation of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records principles into catalogs, the new Resource Description and Access cataloging manual, and the new CONSER Standard Record. Web 2.0 functionalities and advances in search technology and results displays are influencing online catalog design. The paper ends with hypothetical scenarios in which a catalog, enhanced by the developments described, fulfills the tasks of finding serials articles and titles.

Photo Metadata

MS Windows users may be interested in this download that allows editing photographic metadata within Windows Explorer, Microsoft Photo Info.
Microsoft Photo Info allows photographers to add, change and delete common "metadata" properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer.

When installed, a new "Photo Info" item appears on the context menu for files selected in Windows Explorer. To use, simply select one or more image files, right-click and choose "Photo Info" to open the Photo Info properties editor. You can edit metadata for files individually, or all together as a batch. Photo Info reads and writes metadata in IPTC and XMP formats (depending on file type). It also provides enhanced "hover tips" and additional sort properties for digital photographs in Windows Explorer.

Seen on the Travelin' Librarian.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My Next Talk

SLA Texas Chapter Spring Meeting
Friday, March 23, 2007
University of Houston's Rockwell Pavilion

This year's meeting is a spotlight on Innovation. We have a diverse topic line-up to stimulate innovative strategies that can be implemented in your library/research center.


Joanie Oliver, Executive Partner and founder of Iconitel, Inc. - this session is sure to supply even the most experienced content buyer with effective strategies for purchasing, managing and implementing research information contracts. Since starting her career working for Dialog a Thomson company in 1992, she has gained a unique perspective and knowledge of managing and marketing information.

Carol Simpson, associate professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, will speak on copyright in the special/corporate library environment. She will give an overview of copyright law, recent court cases and the importance of mitigating copyright liability.

Keith DeWeese, taxonomy consultant for Dow Jones, will give an overview of taxonomy development and will also speak on innovative approaches to incorporating taxonomies and other controlled vocabularies into various information management scenarios.

Panel Discussion featuring our own Chapter Members:
  • Greg Lambert, King & Spalding, LLP - This law firm has developed a method for compiling articles and alerts published by their competitors. By taking that information, adding internal taxonomies, and pinpointing the distribution to those that benefit most, they have a better understanding of what their competitors are doing, and what can be done to advance the firm's position in the market
  • David Bigwood, Lunar & Planetary Institute - Based on the desire to provide on-going marketing to users, the Institute's library has generated a Homegrown Outreach plan that requires little support. Using simple free or low-cost tools, a weekly news page, RSS feed and podcast has been created.
  • Sandy Miller, Southern Methodist University - SMU's Business Information Center has incorporated educational technology initiatives into the library. A primary benefit is that students may now start and complete their entire academic assignments within the library, from the first reference question to a polished presentation or podcast as the finished product.
  • Marcia Schemper-Carlock, Verizon - Due to the increase in market research content and the decline of available staff time for processing content, this research team has implemented Northern Light's integrated search portal. The implementation provides end-users faster access to new content and greatly reduces the manual cataloging process.

Online Registration

Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, and closing reception
SLA Members $40
Non-Members $60
SLA Members (between jobs) $15
Students or Retirees $15


8:00 - 8:45 Registration and Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome by Marcia Schemper-Carlock, Texas Chapter President
9:00 - 10:30 Panel Discussion
Greg Lambert, King & Spalding, LLP
David Bigwood, Lunar & Planetary Institute
Sandy Miller, Southern Methodist University
Marcia Schemper-Carlock, Verizon
10:30 - 10:50 Break and Networking
10:50 - 11:50 Dr. Carol Simpson - Copyright
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch - Keith DeWeese - Taxonomy Development (sponsored by Factiva
1:00 - 2:20 Joanie Olivier - Innovative Negotiation Strategies for Purchasing Information Resource Contracts (sponsored by EBSCO)
2:20 - 2:40 Break and Networking
2:40 - 4:00 Joanie Olivier - Innovative Marketing Strategies
4:00 - 4:45 Wrap Up, Awards, Chapter Business
5:00 - 6:30 Wine & Cheese Reception


The meeting will be at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, located on the second floor (Room 214A) of the M.D. Anderson Library, which is the main library at the University of Houston (central campus). Map

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
M.D. Anderson Library, 2nd Level
114 University Libraries
Houston, TX 77204-2000