Saturday, July 19, 2008

Library APIs

Roy Tennant has posted a list of library APIs. If you know of any that deserves to be included, let him know.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America

The OCLC report on library funding, From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America has been released. One non-intuitive finding is that library use and library support are not correlated. Marketing to and mobilizing our users at election time is not the best use of our resources.


The latest issue of SCATNews, Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section (Number 29) is now available on the IFLA website.


I've added this weblog to the Facebook Blog Network, now you can read it there is that is your preference.

Making your content available in more places makes metrics hard. Before Bloglines, Google Reader, Facebook Blog Network, Planet Catalog, and all the rest I could get a feel for the number of readers. Didn't matter too much to me, this is done for my own benefit as well as the community. However, if I was in a position and needed numbers to justify the work it would make it difficult.

Collocate and Disambiguate

Here's a new weblog of interest to catalogers, Collocate and Disambiguate. Not yet on Planet Cataloging, so grab the RSS feed for your reader.
Created by Lois Reibach, this blog will discuss news and trends in authority control, and new uses of authority data. Developments in controlled vocabularies will also be covered.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Moving Image Genre/Form Project Report

In early 2007 the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) of the Library of Congress initiated a project to create authority records for genre/form headings (MARC tag 155), which indicate what a work is, as opposed to what it is about....

This past Tuesday members of CPSO presented a report on the moving image genre/form project to LC managers. The report
  • explains the function of genre/form headings, including the impact that they have on both cataloging operations and end-user searching;
  • reviews the history of genre/form headings in MARC format and at LC over the last decade;
  • explains the logic of choosing moving image headings as the experimental group and the principles and policies that CPSO developed as the project progressed; and,
  • recommends the expansion of genre/form headings beyond moving images and radio programs into such disciplines as law, music, literature, cartography, and religion.
From an email message.

The report says that the prefered method of entering genre/form information is 655 rather than subfield v. Is this the general consensus? Has any research been done? Any MLIS student even written a paper on the pros and cons of each approach?