Thursday, July 03, 2008

eXtensible Catalog & Koha

News from LibLime about Koha and the eXtensible Catalog.
LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries and the eXtensible Catalog (XC) project-- an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project currently underway at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries-- have announced a new partnership agreement to ensure future compatibility between the XC project and Koha, the first open-source integrated library system.

The XC/LibLime partnership will ensure that the open-source software being developed as part of the XC project and the Koha open-source integrated library system will be fully compatible with each other, enabling current and future users of Koha to take advantage of the added capabilities for managing and distributing metadata that XC will offer. These benefits include facilitating the ability to combine legacy metadata with emerging schemas, and delivering library content to web content management and learning management systems.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Changes to MARC Code List for Languages

As a result of a formal request from the National Libraries of Serbia and Croatia and those countries' national standards bodies to the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee, the MARC language codes for Serbian and Croatian will be changed as below from the ISO 639-2 bibliographic codes (ISO 639-2/B) to the ISO 639-2 terminology codes (ISO 639-2/T). This change also supports established usage in bibliographic databases in Croatia. Because the codes are obsolete, rather than deleted, they may still appear in bibliographic records created before the implementation of this change.

New CodeLanguage NamePreviously Coded
Subscribers can anticipate receiving MARC records reflecting these changes in all distribution services not earlier than September 1, 2008.

Martha Yee Articles

Some more articles by Martha Yee are now available.

Integration of Nonbook Materials in AACR2. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 1983; 3:1-18.

Attempts to Deal With the Crisis in Cataloging at the Library of Congress in the 1940's. Library Quarterly 1987 Jan; 57:1-31.

What is a Work? In: The Principles and Future of AACR: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Principles and Future Development of AACR, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 23-25, 1997. Ed., Jean Weihs. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association; Chicago: American Library Association, 1998: 62-104.

Editions: Brainstorming for AACR2000. In: The Future of the Descriptive Cataloging Rules: Papers from the ALCTS Preconference, AACR2000, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, June 22, 1995. Ed., Brian E.C. Schottlaender. (ALCTS Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections, no. 6) Chicago: American Library Association, 1998: 40-65.

Viewpoints: One Catalog or No Catalog? ALCTS Newsletter 1999; 10:4:13-17.

Lubetzky's Work Principle. In: The Future of Cataloging: Insights from the Lubetzky Symposium, April 18, 1998, University of California, Los Angeles. Ed., Tschera Harkness Connell, Robert L. Maxwell. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

RDA News

News from RDA.
The Co-Publishers of RDA Online (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have reached the conclusion that further time is required to complete the development of the new software that will be used for distributing the full draft of RDA for constituency review.

The full draft was originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2008. Instead, it will now be issued in October 2008. The three month time period allocated for comments on the full draft is unchanged, and in this new schedule will extend from October into January 2009. More specific dates for RDA's final release will be forthcoming shortly.

Members of the Committee of Principals (CoP) and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) agree that the importance of distributing RDA content in a well-developed and tested version of the new software is such that a two-month delay is justified. They concluded that this extension is worthwhile given the ultimate value of the exceptional effort that is going into RDA and feel that the review by constituencies will be enhanced as a result.

OCLC Terminology Services

Terminology Services, an Experimental Services for Controlled Vocabularies, a project of OCLC Research is now available.


  • Search descriptions of controlled vocabularies
  • Search for concepts/headings in a controlled vocabulary
  • Retrieve a single concept/heading by its identifier
  • View relationships for a concept/heading including equivalence, hierarchical, and associative
  • Retrieve concepts/headings in multiple representations including HTML, MARC XML, SKOS, and Zthes.
  • Search using SRU CQL syntax
Vocabulary Resources include:
  • FAST subject headings
  • GSAFD Form and genre terms
  • Library of Congress AC Subject Headings
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Medical Subject Headings
  • Thesaurus for graphic materials: TGM I
  • Thesaurus for graphic materials: TGM II

New Union Catalog

The Avi Chai Foundation has announced a new tool for Judaica librarians — the Avi Chai Bookshelf Union Catalog. The union catalog, contains the MARC bibliographic holdings of 31 Jewish high school libraries in the United States and Canada that have been recipients of Avi Chai's Bookshelf grant. The Avi Chai Union Catalog runs on the OPALS (open source) library automation system.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Discovery at Safari Books

Jeff Patterson, CEO, Safari Books Online LLC spoke at the O'Reilly Tools of Change Conference on Valuing Content in a Web-enabled World
To effectively market their wares, publishers need to understand how their content is valued by the audience. With the web turning traditional distribution models on their head, easy searchability and access to a variety of free and paid resources must be considered. Jeff Patterson shares research on the information seeking habits of his client base of IT professionals. As users weigh the worth of information in exchange for their time, money and attention, publishers must grasp not just what is sold, but what is read, used and reused....

Money is one part of the equation, but time, and willingness to share personal details, are also important forms of currency. Patterson's studies posed a number of scenarios which revealed different behaviors depending on the urgency of the information seeking. Subscribers researching a long term question tended to start with paid resources such as online subscriptions or print books. Those with urgent business questions were more likely to use search engines as their first tool. These different behaviors bring home the point that products must be discoverable within a sea of available options. Information consumers will place a value on different resources depending on their context. The burden is now on the publishers to understand how their information is being used.