Friday, November 16, 2007

Virtual International Authority File

News from OCLC.
OCLC, the Bibliothéque nationale de France, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Library of Congress have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend and enhance the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), a project which virtually combines multiple name authority files into a single name authority service.


This does not reflect very well on my writing, but any readers can feel proud that they have such a level of understanding.

I edited the provided script and took out all their advertising. What are the ethics of that?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Future of Bibliographic Control

The live feed had so many viewers it overloaded the servers. Now it is available to view at your leisure. Draft Final Report: Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.
In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources.

After a year of careful and comprehensive study, the group presented its draft report to Library of Congress managers and staff in the Coolidge Auditorium. The draft report will be made available on or about Nov. 30, and a comment period on the draft report will last until Dec. 15, 2007.

Due to unprecedented demand for the live webcast, the Library has made this unedited version of the presentation available immediately. An enhanced version of this webcast, featuring the accompanying slide presentation, will be available shortly.

History of Writing

Added to my MP3 player, A Brief History of Innovation in Publishing.
Where would the people of the world be without published material? Hardly any information about anything would be exchanged even in today's modern society. Published material is so ubiquitous that you couldn't avoid it if you tried. The newspapers and websites you read, the billboards you see on the way to work, and even reports on your desk at work would all make this a futile attempt. As Sarah Milstein and Tim O'Reilly explain in this presentation, the published material we see today was not just invented recently, and in fact has been being constantly updated since the days of writing on clay tablets.
I think Tim O'Reilly would be a great keynote speaker at library conferences.

21 Nov. 2007. Had a chance to listen, and it is short with not much content. It is well presented and the recording is good, so it is worth a listen, but it is not the content-filled talk I was hoping for.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cataloging Training Survey

This survey request was posted to several e-mail lists.
This survey is for librarians who have supervised a library science intern or practicum student in cataloging. A great deal of discussion about cataloging education has been raised in the library community as of late, and we feel an important component of cataloging education is the practicum/internship experience.

Our intent is to include the survey results in a journal article that examines cataloging practicum/internship experiences and offers guidelines to both students and supervisors on how to create a successful cataloging practicum/internship experience. If you supervised a library science graduate student internship or practicum, we invite you to participate in this survey.

The survey is eleven questions long and should take approximately fifteen minutes. All results will remain completely anonymous. The survey is completely voluntary, and your completion of the survey implies your consent to participate in this study. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this survey. You are not required to answer every question and can choose to skip to the next question. The study has fulfilled the requirements for conducting human-subject research. Please provide as much detail about your experiences as possible.

The survey will be available through December 8, 2007. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie McGurr at the Ohio State University , or Ione Damasco at the University of Dayton,

21 Nov. 2007. This survey is closed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Resource Description and Access

News about RDA.
Outcomes of the October 2007 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA have been mounted on the JSC Web site.

The Outcomes outline a new organization for RDA which has been agreed to by the Joint Steering Committee and the Committee of Principals. Further information on the organization has also been posted on the JSC Web site. New sections of RDA will be issued for review in December 2007.

MARC Record Service Survey

Help inform our decisions buy taking this survey on MARC Record Services.
Does your library use a MARC Record Service such as SFX's MARCit! or Serials Solutions' 360 MARC Updates? If so, I invite you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey that is designed to provide information about how libraries are using different MARC record services. The goals of the survey are to identify the benefits of using these services and areas in which the services could be improved, as well as to solicit general feedback about them.

Your participation in this study will provide valuable information about a major aspect of serials cataloging: outsourcing MARC records to vendors. Your responses will inform a formally published article, which I will share with the listserves once it is finished.