Friday, April 11, 2008

VALE OLS Materials

Video streaming, audio podcasts and PowerPoint presentations from the VALE's Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium OLS (Open Library System) are now available on the VALE website.

Genre/Form Headings for Radio Programs

In August 2007, the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) announced a project to begin issuing genre/form authority records (MARC 21 tag 155) for motion pictures, television programs, and videos. As the next step in the development of genre/form headings at the Library of Congress, CPSO has begun a project to create genre/form headings for radio programs. These headings are being created by catalogers in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) Division and will join those already being established for moving images. They are based chiefly on the concepts represented in the Radio Form/Genre Terms Guide (RADFG). Existing LCSH headings in the area of radio programming (MARC 21 tag 150) will also be considered for inclusion.

To support the creation and application of these headings, CPSO and MBRS have drafted a Subject Cataloging Manual (SCM) instruction sheet, H 1969.5, which is available in PDF format on CPSO’s website. Interested parties are invited to send comments on this instruction sheet to Janis Young at

CPSO reminds SACO participants that change requests and proposals for genre/form headings are not being accepted at this time.

TLA Conference

Postings next week will be sporadic, at best, possibly non-existent. I'll be at TLA and though I will have the laptop I may not feel like posting at the end of long, very full days. I'll start the week off at the preconference on RDA. Last count I heard for that was 135 registered, blows my mind. Later on Tuesday I'll be at dinner with some catalogers, good folks all. Then if time permits catch the end of the welcome party. Looking forward to seeing some folks I've not seen in too long and meeting some new people.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

TLA Conference News

Cali Lewis has been moved out of the NetFair location into a regular room. I think the time has stayed the same. Have to check when I get my conferernce schedule. I'm no longer the room host, but I plan on being there.

So far my conference Twitter experiment is a flop. I've got no one following, nor anyone to follow. I guess TLA is a bit different than CiL. I will keep it up for a bit just to make sure it is not the right tool at this time.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

OPAC Enhancement

Here is an interesting enhancement to an OPAC, Answer Tips. The American University of Rome Library did this. Now double clicking on any unlinked word brings up a short pop-up explanation. Quick and easy to do. How much value does it add? Interesting.

Monday, April 07, 2008

TechNet 2008

Looks like fun. "TechNet 2008 is the first annual North Texas conference focusing on technology in libraries" June 12, 2008.

TX Library Association Annual Conference

I've started my Twitter for the Texas Library Assoc. Conference. If you'll be there and want to keep in touch.