Friday, September 19, 2008

Video Metadata

Lostify is a free tool for Apple users wishing to add metadata to their videos.
Lostify is a metadata tagger for MP4 videos. It runs on Mac OS X, and the tags it produces aim to be compatible with iTunes, the iPod, iPhone, Front Row and Apple TV. This means that after you tag a video using Lostify, it will show up in iTunes, iPod etc. appropriately as a TV Show, Music Video, etc., with all the episode information, season information, etc. intact.

Movers & Shakers

Know an innovative librarian? The 2009 Movers & Shakers nominations are open. Let's get some catalogers in the mix.


The transformation from MARCXML to MODS 3.3 has been finalized.

The new MARC to MODS 3.3 stylesheet. Changes in the stylesheet reflect changes made in the MARC to MODS mapping for MODS 3.3

The MARC to MODS 3.3 mapping.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Report and Recommendations for Moving Image Works

OLAC has a draft of the Report and Recommendations for Moving Image Works
OLAC's Cataloging Policy Committee (CAPC) created a task force earlier this year to investigate and make recommendations on issues related to FRBR-based work-level records for moving image materials.

The task force has recently completed an initial draft report with recommendations that attempts to define a moving image work record, draw boundaries for such a record, identify attributes and relationships that are important to include in such records, and assess the relative importance of these attributes and relationships....

The task force is interested in feedback from the wider cataloging community and will take comments on the draft through Friday, October 17.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike

The Texas Library Association is assembling reports on libraries affected by Hurricane Ike and has put them online. You can donate to the Disaster Relief Fund.

The Society of Southwest Archivists has set up an unofficial Wiki so that repositories can report news on Hurricane Ike and how they fared. Since it is an unofficial site, anyone can add content, and many libraries are posting there as well.

Adapted from an email distributed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Citation Software

Citations are tricky, so many different formats. FreeCite is a new open-source tool in this space.
Please help us beta test "FreeCite", a new citation parser for non-structured bibliographic data. FreeCite is the result of collaboration between the Brown University Library and Public Display, a Providence-based software company founded by and employing many Brown grads. Public Display's core business is information extraction. Partial funding for this project was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FreeCite is implemented in Ruby on Rails and uses the CRF++ library implementation of conditional random fields. The model is trained on the CORA dataset with lexical augmentation from the Directory of Research and Researchers at Brown (DRR-B).The API and code are available.

iPhone App

There is now a WorldCat app for your iPhone.
Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.
  • Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
  • Find books, music, and videos to check out
  • Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded

Monday, September 15, 2008

Additions to the MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions

The codes listed below have been recently approved for use in MARC 21 records. The codes will be added to MARC Code Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until after November 15, 2008. This 60-day waiting period is required to provide MARC 21 implementers time to include newly defined codes in any validation tables they may apply to the MARC fields where the codes are used.

Classification Code Sources

The following codes are for use in subfield $2 in field 084 in Bibliographic and Community Information records (Other Classification Number), in subfield $2 in field 084 in Classification records (Classification Scheme and Edition) and in subfield $2 in field 065 in Authority records (Other Classification Number).

Elazar, David H. & Elazar, Daniel J. A classification system for libraries of Judaica (Lanham, MD: University Press of America) [use only after November 15, 2008]
Nordrhein-Westfalische Bibliographie (Kaln: hbz - Hochschulbibliothekszentrum NRW) [use only after November 15, 2008]
Richardson classification system (Yardley, Pa.: F. S. Cook & Son) [use only after November 15, 2008]
Rheinland-Pfalzische Bibliographie [use only after November 15, 2008]
Sachbuch-Systematik fur Katholische offentliche Büchereien (Munchen: St. Michaelsbund) [use only after November 15, 2008]
Schlagwortnormdatei [use only after November 15, 2008]
Other Sources
Field 210 - Abbreviated Title
The following code is for use in subfield $2 in field 210 in Bibliographic records (Abbreviated Title).

INIS: authority list for journal titles [use only after November 15, 2008]

IFLA RDA Satellite Meeting Materials

The PowerPoint presentations and speaker notes from the IFLA RDA Satellite Meeting held in conjunction with the 2008 IFLA Conference are now available on the JSC website. The talks include:
  • Resource Description and Access Overview: History, Principles, Conceptual Models by Barbara Tillett. See also the Speaker notes
  • Resource Description and Access: Structure, Content and the Development process by Deirdre Kiorgaard. See also the Speaker notes
  • RDA vocabularies and concepts by Gordon Dunsire
  • The International Community’s Reaction to RDA by Anders Cato
  • Between Yesterday and Tomorrow – On Track for International Standards by Renate Gömpel (presented by Christel Hengel-Dittrich)
  • Beyond RDA’s First Release by Pam Gatenby RDA demonstration

Hurricane Ike

Came through Ike just fine. We are all safe. The house only had minor damage. We have power and water. Yesterday I drove by my library and no windows were missing. That should mean no major damage to the collection. No power up there, mold is the only concern. Came through it pretty well.