Thursday, January 15, 2009

MARBI at Midwinter

The following papers are now available for review by the MARC community:

Proposal No. 2009-01/3: Identifying work, expression and manifestation records in the MARC 21 Bibliographic and Authority Formats.

Discussion Paper No. 2009-DP01/2: Relationship Designators for RDA Appendix J and K.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

OCLC Record Sharing News

By now everyone must have seen something about the recent OCLC move to update their position on sharing records. It has been covered and discussed in many weblogs, podcasts and magazine articles. Now all that discussion has led OCLC to reconsider their position.
Members Council and the OCLC Board of Trustees will jointly convene a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship to represent the membership and inform OCLC on the principles and best practices for sharing library data. The group will discuss the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records with the OCLC membership and library community.
Seems a good idea. I think much of the heat was generated by the policy appearing out of nowhere and taking effect in a very short time. For a member institution, there was no membership involvement.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The latest issue of TechKNOW is now available.
  • One Cataloger's NACO Participation: Comparing Funnel Participation and PCC NACO Classroom Training / Peter Lisius, Music and Media Catalog Librarian, Kent State University Libraries and Media Services
  • Coordinator's Corner / Ian Fairclough, George Mason University (Fairfax Virginia)
  • Eight Blogs Catalogers Should Know About / Michael Monaco, Senior Catalog Librarian, Cleveland Public Library
  • Book Review: Cataloging of Audiovisual Materials and Other Special Materials, Manual Based on AACR2 and MARC 21
  • IMHO: OCLC Policy for the Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records: What are the Implications? / Roman Panchyshyn, Catalog Librarian, Kent State University Libraries and Media Services
  • Fiction Cataloging for Better Access / Michael Christian Budd, Cataloger, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Book Review: KidzCat: A How-to-do-it Manual for Cataloging Children's Materials and Instructional Resources

Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Report

The Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group Report has been issued.
Introduction The Provider-Neutral E-Monograph Record Task Group was formed shortly after the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Library Association. The group's charge was to develop a monographic cataloging policy that would provide for a single electronic MARC bibliographic record to represent an online resource that is available from one or more providers. This proposal is only concerned with separate MARC records for the electronic resource-- it does not address the addition of electronic fields to the print record, otherwise known as the "Single Record Approach."

Electronic Resources and Libraries

The program schedule is now available for ER&L 2009
February 10-12, 2009
Pre-Conferences February 9, 2009
UCLA - Covel Commons
Los Angeles, CA

I'll be at this meeting, thanks to the scholarship. I'll be arriving a couple days early and staying with my brother in the Desert. Thinking about visiting the Griffith Observatory and the La Brea Tar Pits. Any other suggestions? Any contra/English country/folk dancing the weekend before the conference?

This software won't allow an ampersand in the labels or title. So I can't use ER&L in either of those places.

Monday, January 12, 2009

IFLA Cataloguing Section

The IFLA Cataloguing Section's annual report for 2008 is available on IFLANET.

A Spanish translation of the ISBD is also available.

COinS News

Swignition looks for Z3988 in a variety of places, not just the standard ContextObjects in Spans span tag. It looks for a rel="Z3988", blockquote class="Z3988", q class="Z3988" and cite class="Z3988".

Swignition is:
  • a Perl library for parsing files (what files?) into an RDF triple structure, and for outputting that data in a variety of serialisations and other formats (which formats?).
  • a TCP service that listens on port 26464 and uses the library to parse any URIs it's asked to.
  • a command-line client that acts as a simple interface for the TCP service (but calls the library directly if it detects that the service is not running).
  • a web interface (try it!) for the TCP service.

MARBI at Midwinter

Marbi News.

The following papers are available for review by the MARC community:

Discussion Paper No. 2009-DP03: Changing field 257 (Country of producing entity for archival films) of the MARC 21 Bibliographic Format to include non-archival materials

RDA Papers:
Proposal No. 2009-01/1: New data elements in the MARC 21 Authority Format

Proposal No. 2009-01/2: New content designation for RDA elements: Content type, Media Type, Carrier Type in the MARC 21 Formats

Discussion Paper No. 2009-DP01/1: Encoding URIs for controlled values in MARC records

A few more papers will be announced early next week.