Thursday, October 25, 2007

OCLC's OpenURL Referer for IE

News from OCLC about an OpenURL referer.
OCLC's OpenURL Referrer is now available for Internet Explorer!
Previously available only for Firefox, this popular browser extension inserts OpenURLs into Google Scholar and Google News Archive search results. It also detects and makes links out of web COinS, such as those found in Wikipedia and

The extension can be downloaded for free.

OpenURL Referrer uses your institution's link resolver settings from the OCLC WorldCat Registry, so there is no need to manually configure the extension. Institutions can register their resolver in the OCLC WorldCat. ... All institutions can register for free, even if they are not OCLC member libraries.
The LPI uses COinS on some pages, so it should work for those. Check out our Contribution List.

Folksonomy Analysis

Smith, Tiffany (2007) Cataloging and You: Measuring the Efficacy of a Folksonomy for Subject Analysis. In Lussky, Joan, Eds. Proceedings 18th Workshop of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group in Classification Research, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Taxi Delivery?

Just had a idea, rather than an expensive bookmobile, why not deliver and pick up books by taxis? A yearly contract with the local cab company to pick-up books and bring them to the library and also deliver books to people might be less expensive than a bookmobile. The cab driver could even return the books at the end of their shifts, just collect them in a clean part of the trunk. Just an idea, not fully-formed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Movers & Shakers 2008

Nominate someone you know.
The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Our seventh annual Movers & Shakers supplement will profile 50-plus up-and-coming individuals from across the United States and Canada who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians to vendors to others who work in the library field, Movers & Shakers 2008 will celebrate the new professionals who are moving our libraries ahead. Movers & Shakers 2008 will be distributed with the March 15 issue of Library Journal.

Deadline for submissions is extended to November 15, 2007!

A Chat with Stuart Weibel

Stuart Weibel, of OCLC and Dublin Core, appears on Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators.
On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell invites Stuart Weibel to reflect on his leading role in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. They also discuss how databases like the Online Computer Library Center's WorldCat - which consolidates bibliographic data from over 50,000 participating libraries - can enrich our experience of using and contributing to the web.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Additions to MARC Code List for Languages

The following codes have been approved for use in the international language code standard, ISO 639-2 (Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages--Part 2: alpha-3 code) and are also being added to the MARC Code List for Languages. These are being published in the new 2007 edition of the MARC Code List for Languages.

New code Language name Previously coded

rup Aromanian roa

syc Syriac n/a

Note that this is a new code for Classical Syriac; the existing code "syr" is changing its caption to: Syriac, Modern

zbl Blissymbolics n/a

LC Implementation Plans
Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services not earlier than January 22, 2008.

MARC Language Code

News from the MARC folks. A new 2007 edition of the MARC Language Code list is now available. The publication is presented in PDF with bookmarks for navigation. The list is published from a new XML file that is also made available from the site. The services available from the XML file will be enhanced over the coming months as the other MARC code lists are also released.

Sounds like there may be an API for accessing the code lists. Nice. Then the ILS could just tap that file rather than maintain internal lists and always have current info. That would make the codes useful to other communities as well.