Friday, February 15, 2008

Consolidated Edition of the International Standard Bibliographic Description

The consolidated edition of the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) is now available online.

Due to arrangements with the publisher, K.G. Saur, the file cannot be printed or copied from.

Princeton's Slavic Cataloging Manual

Princeton's Slavic Cataloging Manual is a resource I'd not heard of before. Bookmarked. Thanks to all who helped create this resource.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

LCCN Permalink

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce "LCCN Permalink" -- a new persistent URL service for creating links to bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog using the Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).

LCCN Permalink is a convenient way to cite items from the Library's collection in your bibliographies, reference guides, emails, blogs, databases, web pages, etc. Not only can you easily construct a permalink yourself, but we also display them as part of the bibliographic record in the LC Online Catalog (

How to create an LCCN Permalink

Simply begin your URL with the LCCN Permalink domain name -- -- then add an LCCN.*
Examples: or or

* LCCNs should be formatted according to the info:lccn URI specification. Instructions are also available in the LCCN Permalink FAQ.

How LCCN Permalink works

An LCCN Permalink retrieves a MARCXML-formatted bibliographic record using the Z39.50/SRU protocol. Both valid and cancelled LCCNs (MARC 21 fields 010a and 010z) are searched. LCCN Permalink displays are based on the Full Record display in the LC Online Catalog. Not only can you link directly into the LC Online Catalog, but you can also view the record in MARCXML, MODS, and Dublin Core formats.

More Information

The LC Permalink FAQ provides additional information on this new service. Specific questions can also be sent to the Library's Ask-A-Librarian service.

MARC Advisory Committee Papers

The cover sheets for the proposals and discussion papers presented at the
2008 Midwinter meetings of the MARC Advisory Committee have been updated with the results of the discussions. They are available at:
  • Proposal 2008-01: Representation of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System in MARC 21 formats
  • Proposal 2008-02: Definition of field 542 for information related to copyright status in the MARC 21 bibliographic format
  • Proposal 2008-03: Definition of first indicator value in field 041 (Language code) of the MARC 21 bibliographic format
  • Discussion Paper 2008-DP01: Identifying headings that are appropriate as added entries, but are not used as bibliographic main entries
  • Discussion Paper 2008-DP02: Making field 440 (Series Statement/Added Entry--Title) obsolete in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Discussion Paper 2008-DP03: Definition of subfield $3 for recording information associated with series added entry fields (800-830) in the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format
  • Discussion Paper 2008-DP04: Encoding RDA, Resource Description and Access data in MARC 21

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Text Mark-up

Calais looks like an interesting tool for semantic mark-up of text. Not sure how good it is, experimetns to generate keywords or a summary from texts have been just OK at best. Still it may be useful in some instances and is something to be aware of. What would this mean for TEI encoding, for example?
The Calais initiative seeks to help make all the worlds content more accessible, interoperable and valuable via the automated generation of rich semantic metadata, the incorporation of user defined metadata, the transportation of those metadata resources throughout the content ecosystem and the extension of it’s capabilities by user-contributed components.
Seen on LISNews.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Wordpress Plug-in

The CrossRef Citation Plugin is a "WordPress plugin that allows blog entry authors to search CrossRef's metadata using full or partial citations and then insert the formatted and DOI-linked citation into their blog posting along with COINs metadata." Can these plug-ins work on the hosted version of Wordpress? Have to investigate. If so, makes my decision to move much easier.