Friday, May 15, 2009

OCLC's Expert Community Experiment

News from OCLC about the Expert Community Experiment. Seems like it is working just fine.
In April, there were 19,489 Expert Community Experiment replaces (up from 18,910 in March). Activity since the start of the Experiment now totals 44,215 records replaced. There were 1025 institutions that did at least one replace in April. Individual institution numbers ranged from 1 institution doing more than 500 replaces and 5 institutions doing more that 400 replaces to 287 institutions doing 1 replace each.

Here are the number for the other types of replaces during the same time
  • Database Enrichment: 19,250
  • Minimal-Level Upgrade: 14,568

  • Enhance Regular: 14,705
  • Enhance National: 3,323
  • CONSER Authentication: 1,547
  • CONSER Maintenance: 6,010
Congratulations and thank you to all who have participated in the Experiment thus far. If you haven't yet tried this expanded capability to upgrade and enrich master records, take a look at the Experiment Guidelines and FAQ and give it a try.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Pre-conference, Friday, July 10, 8:30-5:00

Title: RDA, FRBR, FRAD: Making the Connection

Speakers: Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress), Glenn Patton (OCLC), Robert Maxwell Brigham Young Univ.), and Tom Delsey (JSC)

This pre-conference concentrates on the role of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records(FRBR) and the Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) in Resource Description and Access (RDA). The necessity of understanding these new conceptual foundations is key to the transition to the future cataloging environment. Participants will hear from a panel of experts on FRBR and FRAD attributes and relationships, new terminology and concepts, and participate in practical hands-on exercises.

Location: Hyatt, Columbus Hall I/J

See ALA Annual Conference registration for details on pricing, etc.

4-hour program, Saturday, July 11, 1:30-5:30 pm

Title: Look Before You Leap: Taking RDA For a Test-Drive

Speakers: Barbara Bushman (National Library of Medicine), John Espley (VTLS, Inc.), Shawne Miksa (COI, UNT), Nannette Naught (IMT, Inc.)

This program focuses on giving librarians the opportunity to ‘test-drive’ RDA. It will examine the content and organization of RDA (compared with AACR2). Program speakers will focus on the RDA online product, creating workflows, RDA in ILS systems, testing of RDA, its affect on the MARC format, and RDA education.

Location: McCormick Place West, room W-134

RDA Implementation Task Force, business meeting, Sunday, July 12, 3:30-5:30
Location: Chicago Hilton, Conference Room 4A
RDA Implementation Task Force, ALCTS/CCS

Signs as Metadata

Aaron Schmidt post, Library signs are librarian metadata is one of those few that made me see something in a new light. Should catalogers, as the metadata experts, have some say in library signs? Sears or LCSH?